Besi Bele Bath, native to Mysore Karnataka is very popular dish . I recently saw a documentary that talks about the origin of this Bisi Bele Bath in the palace of Mysore where this was cooked as delicacy for Kings and Queens The early recipe was very simple, mix of Toor dal, Rice and tamarind tempered with golden fried Cashews served piping hot.
Today’s Bisi Bele bath has taken various forms adapting to the taste of the many palates but at its core remains this exotic comfort food for the locals and others alike. The modern version of Besi Bele Bath has assorted veggies added to it along with the main ingredients, rice, dal and the Bisi Bele Bath Powder which basically defines the taste and flavor of this dish.
Here is my take on this Bisi Bele Bath Powder which was a super hit with my audience.
Bisi Bela Bath Powder
Ingredients:Dry roast: Batch 1:
Coriander powder: 5 Tbs
Channa Dal- 4 Tbs
Methi – 1/4 tsp
Jeera – 1/2 tsp
Cloves – 8 pieces
Cinnamon – 1/2-1 inch inch
Cardamom – 2-3 pods (optional)Batch 2:
Coconut pieces – 6 Tbs
Poppy seeds – 3 TbsBatch 3:
Sesame seeds – 3 Tbs
Red chills – to taste I added about 8-10
Bedigai chillis – 3-4 for color
Dry roast each of the Batch separately till
– Batch 1 turns golden brown and the whole masala starts to leave an aroma.
– Batch 2 the coconut starts roasting and the poppy seeds pop
– Batch 3 sesame seeds splatter. Add the chills half way ad it does not need too much time to roast.
Now set it aside to cool compleley
When its all cooled down grind it into a smooth powder
PS: You can also use the black sesame instead of white sesame it will give the powder a sightly darker color, they both taste the same – Super Yummy !!