An authentic BBB calls for grinding of spices and some elaborate steps. However this being a lazy man's BBB, there are a lot of approximations. Nevertheless I assure you that this does stand up to an authentic Kannada Bisi Bele Bath.
Ingredients (serves 2)
Rice - 1/2 cup
Thuvaram Paruppu / pigeon pea - 1/4 cup
Vegetables - chopped into 1cm long/cube pieces - 1/2 cup
- Green peas
Turmeric - a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Mustard - 1 teaspoon
Ulundu / Black gram - 1 teaspoon
Venthayam / Fenugreek - 1/4 teaspoon
Red chillies 3-4
Curry leaves - if available
Corriander leaves to garnish
Sambar powder - 1 teaspoon
Garam masala - 1 teaspoon (this is the difference between an authentic and my version)
Elakkai / Cardamom - 2-3 skin removed and crushed or ground
- Soak the lentils in water for about 15 minutes while you prepare the vegetables and other ingredients
- Parallel, soak the tamarind in another bowl of warm water
- Heat oil in a vessel and season with mustards, black gram, fenugreek seeds and finally curry leaves and red chillies
- Stir fry the vegetables for about two minutes
- Add the soaked lentils and rice.
- Bring the ingredients to a rolling boil
- Add the masalas, turmeric and about a spoon of salt.
- Add the tamarind water. Make sure that there is about 1 cm of water above the ingredients - not more not less
- Bring the heat down to simmer or the lowest setting and cover the vessel
- Let it simmer for some 15 minutes as the water is absorbed
- Check if all the water is absorbed, if not open the lid and let some water evaporate. The final recipe should be slightly watery - neither be soupy nor firm like pulav.
- Garnish with coriander leaves and serve after about 5 minutes