Thursday 1 March 2012

Avalakki Bissi Bele Bhaath..A Quick Fix With Beaten Rice


I'm kick starting contributions to my event 'Only' South Indian, hosted here at Foodelicious, with a very tasty preparation from the state of Karnataka, which is S's native state. I have reiterated several times that my MIL is an excellent cook and is my guide and tutor to Karnataka style cooking or in more romantic word's she has guided me clearly on the correct path to my husband's heart who is fond of good food and especially his Mom's food.

Bissi Bele Bhaath is an all time favourite at my place and my husband call's it 'concrete food' as it sits in the stomach and makes you feel heavy and drowsy. I normally make it on weekend for lunch so that after eating  we can have a sound sleep. Avalakki Bissi Bele Bhaath or Bissi Bele Huli Avalakki, is a simpler and easily digestible version of Bissi Bele Bhaath and it translates to Hot Dal/Sāmbhar With Beaten Rice. This preparation makes use of beaten Rice (Poha) and Yellow Moong dal, both of which are easy to digest and quick to cook. My MIL had made this preparation for all of us during one of our  recent visits and every one had relished it. I asked her that time, how she had made it, but forgot to pen it down.

Last month, I suddenly remembered this preparation and wanted to try it, so I called my MIL but she was unavailable. Then I called up my elder co-sister R and asked her if she knew how to make it, and I was disappointed with her 'No'. I was almost ready to give up and half heartedly called  up my younger co-sister P, she brought an instant smile on my face by saying a 'Yes' and gave me the recipe. I tried the recipe that day itself and it was a huge hit in the family, so I decided to make a more healthier version and tweaked the recipe a little and to my delight it was liked even more by the two of them. The kid happily took it in his lunch box and finished it too. Tomorrow is P's birthday, so I thought it's an apt time to post this recipe.  Can't thank you enough dear 'P'  for this excellent recipeSmile.

It’s a one pot meal and can be made very quickly.

                                                  Avalakki Bissi Bele Bhaath
Preparation Time:20mins
Cooking Time:20-25mins
Soaking time:15mins

4 hands full beaten rice/ Poha, thick variety ( I used the red version to make it more healthy)
3/4-1 measuring cup roasted Yellow Moong Dal
1small carrot cubed
1/2cup peas
1medium potato cubed
6-7 French beans cut into 1cm pieces
5-6tbsp Sāmbhar Masala
1/2tsp red chilli pwd
1/2tsp turmeric pwd
2tsp coriander pwd
3/4-1tsp cinnamon pwd
about 6-7 cups water
coriander stems chopped
about 1-1/2tbsp tamarind paste
salt to taste
For tempering
2-3tbsp oil
1tsp mustard seeds
2-3 dry red chillies
2sprigs curry leaves
1/2chopped onion
small hand full of peanuts
1/4tsp good quality asafoetida (heeng)

Wash the poha 4-5 times in water and keep it aside for 15mins to soak properly. The red poha absorbs a lot of water and needs more time for soaking than the regular white poha.
Dry roast the lentils till a nice aroma is smelt.
Add 3cups water to the lentils and bring it to a boil. Simmer and cook till half done.
Add all the vegetables and coriander stems now. Cook covered till the vegetables are done and the lentils cooked.
Add 3more cups of water and add Sāmbhar masala, red chilli-turmeric-coriander-cinnamon powders. Add the soaked Poha and salt to taste. The red poha needs more spices than the regular poha, so adjust your spices accordingly.
Mix properly and cook covered for 10 more minutes. If you feel that the consistency of the bhaath is too thick, add more water.
Pour the tempering and mix.
Serve hot with curds or raita and some potato wafers to go along.
For Tempering
Heat oil and add the mustard, once it splutters add the peanuts and red chillies, fry. Now add the onions and sauté. Tip in the heeng and curry leaves and pour it over the bhath.


Sending this to Rasi's I'm Star Event 

One can add their choice of vegetables to this bhaath.
Cinnamon and heeng are a must as they add a good flavour to the preparation.
One can completely replace all vegetables and use only one vegetable in more quantity and make this preparation.
Adding onions is optional.
The quantity of water provided here can vary based on the quality of beaten rice used. So be observant and follow your instincts while adding water.
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Faseela said...

awesome pari.....authenic dishes are always the best

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi pari

Bissi bele bhaat looks simply mouthwatering. Living in Bangalore I have it quite frequently.

Hamaree Rasoi

kitchen queen said...

ymmilicious recipe.

Priya dharshini said...

Yummy bisebelle bath...Luvly platter..

Archana said...

Looks delicious.Love this a lot

hotpotcooking said...

yum bhaath

Vimitha Durai said...

Never tried bisibelebhaath with poha... Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing said...

this looks hot and yumm and perfectly done...

Rasi said...

Looks delicious.. even my mom does the same thing & now i do the same :).. Happy hosting.. will send in quite a few entries :)..

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Julie said...

Very delicious too tempting!!

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simran said...

very tasty!old family recipes are always winners!

Christy Gerald said...

Never tried with Aval(Rice Flakes) - Healthy n Fabulous Bhaat Dear. Luv it

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Never tried bisebelabath with poha !! Nice recipe !

Pari Vasisht said...

Thanks every one.
Dear Deepa, this is not the regular bissi bele bhaath that you get in Blr, but made with poha. It's quick to make and very tasty.

Nandita SS said...

I love this dish so much that I can have this anytime of the day. Great recipe Pari :)

Spandana said...

Looks very good, I dint know we could make this with beaten rice.

chef and her kitchen said...

I love this avalakki BBB..just that I make it bit thin n also I add BBB masala in it instead of sambar powder..looks nice n yumm

sojo said...

Bisi Bele Bath with Aval/Poha is something new to me....looks goood

Rachana said...

Bissi bele bhaat with poha is a great recipe.

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

A perfect one pot meal

notyet100 said...

Yumm this looks,.:) new for me,,

Rasi said...

I am back again :).. Thanks for linking this to my i prev said..this is an absolute fav :D

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Sumi said...

lovely and unique recipe :)

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Prathy, even I had made it thin only but during clicking pics it became thick. My MILs trick to making BBB podi is Sambhar Masala plus cinnamon pwd.

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

i had no idea BBB could be made with avalakki! this looks scrumptious

Shobha said...

I have to try making this bissibella bath because I have never made it with oats, and moong dal..different one...looks so yummy and definitely healthy too.

Love2cook Malaysia said...

Very interesting recipe and inviting dish though its completely new to me. Feel like scooping some over..yummmm! :)

Kanan said...


PrathibhaSreejith said...

Avalakki BBB looks very tempting, loved the usage of the veggie. This was our staple food when I used to work in Bgle :-)

Ganga Sreekanth said...

Awesome recipe...

Lifewithspices said...

love this one pot BBB..


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