Sunday, May 13, 2012

How to make Sambar Rice (BisiBelaBath) - Recipe for south-indian sambar rice

Hello welcome to Tanish kitchen. Today we are going to provide the recipe to make sambar rice. This rice is also known as bisi bela bath.


1 cup rice( soak for 20 minutes)
1/2 cup toor dal(boiled)
3 tsp tamarind juice
3 tsp dry grated coconut
2 tsp sambar powder
1/4 tbsp turmeric
salt to taste


1 medium size onion
1 medium sized carrot
10 counts beans
1 potato
2 small egg plants
1 tomato diced
6 small pieces of drum sticks (frozen or fresh)
10 small pieces of ash guard or winter melon
1/2 large Chayote squash 
1 green chilly

For seasoning

curry leaves
coriander leaves
4 tbsp oil
1 tbsp mustard seeds 
1 tbsp urd dal
1/8 tsp asafoetida or hing
2 tbsp of ghee


In the pressure cooker, add all the above ingredients and vegetables. Grind the coconut and add to the mixer.
Add 2 tbsp of oil, sambar powder to the mixer.
For one cup of rice add 4 cups of water. Add salt to taste.
Cover the pressure cooker in the medium heat. Allow the cooker to boil until three whistles. In the meanwhile, heat the frying pan with 2 tbsp of oil. Add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle. Add urd dal, asafoetida(perungaiyam) powder and curry leaves.

Put these in the pressure cooker once the pressure is gone. Add 2 tbsp of ghee, coriander leaves and mix the rice gently. If the rice is so thick then add 1/2 cup of boiled water and mix gently.

Now bisi bela bath(sambar rice) is ready to eat. Raita and pappad is the best companion for sambar rice.

Best companion:

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