Bisi Bele Bath

A few centuries ago, bisi bele bath was one of the specialty dishes prepared in the kitchen of Mysore palace, and even today it is a popular rice dish in Karnataka. Bisi bele bath is a quintessential dish in Kanndiga cuisine just like sambar sadam, or kadamba sadam or kootanchoru, a counterpart in Tamil cuisine. It is a hearty meal prepared by stewing rice, lentils & vegetables in tamarind juice along with a unique spice mix. This rice dish is made flavourful by adding fresh peanuts along with other vegetables, a spice mix prepared with the distinctly aromatic Marati moggu (kapok bud) as the star ingredient, and also by adding the spices tempered in ghee. It is divine when a spicy Bisi bele bath served hot (as the name [bisi means hot] suggests) & viscid and hence the perfect meal for cold winter nights.

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