Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sambhar rice/ Bisi bele bath recipe

You will need:

  • 1 onion(chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes(chopped)
  • 3 green chillies(chopped)
  • 3 carrots(chopped)
  • 1 potato(chopped)
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup lady's finger (okra)
  • 1 cup eggplant(chopped)
  • 1½ tsp tamarind paste (You can add more or less according to your taste)
  • 7 garlic pods
  • ¾ cup toor dal
  • ¼ cup moong dal/channa dal
  • 1 cup rice
  • 5 cups of water
  • salt to taste


You can add whatever vegetables you have in your refrigerator. This is the nice way to empty your refrigerator.

For tempering:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp urad dal
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • some curry leaves
  • some coriander leaves(chopped)
  • 3 tbsp sambhar powder
  • ½ tsp asafoetida powder(hing, perungaayam)

Step 1:

Microwave chopped vegetables:

Microwave chopped carrots and potatoes for 6 minutes.

Step 2:

In rice cooker:

In a rice cooker add toor dal, channa dal/moong dal, rice, garlic, tomatoes and add 4 cups of water and allow it to cook.

Step 3:

Stir fry okra and spinach

Take a non stick pan and add 1 tbsp oil. Add the chopped okra and fry it for few mins. Then add chopped onions, eggplant and spinach along with the okra.

Step 4:

Mix veggies with dal

When the dal-rice is half cooked add okra, eggplant, onions,spinach, carrot, potato, peas, tamarind paste, salt with the dal mixture. At this point if you need more water add some. Then allow the dal and veggies to cook till your rice cooker automatically turns to warm position.

Step 5:


For tempering heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and urad dal. When it splutters add asafoetida powder, sambhar powder, curry leaves, coriander leaves. Then add this mixture to the veggie dal rice mixture. Now your sambhar rice is ready to serve.

Enjoy your sambhar rice with pickle, pappad, chicken fry, fish fry, egg bhurjee.


smily said...

viji its very tasty da..its yummy...

Anonymous said...

WOW Viji !!! Superb tempting sambar rice...BTW, all you receipes having any one of the non-veggie side dish...Always a feast...Your hubby is very very lucky da...Want to visit your house oneday while i come for NY...-shan

Vijitha said...

Good to hear that Smily. Hope your family enjoyed it..

Vijitha said...

Shan i'm NV lover.. ha ha ha.. Sure your always welcome to visit us.

Anonymous said...

Dear vijitha, very nice receipe. I tried it and we all enjoyed your sambar rice...with potato fry, mango pickle and chips. Thanx for such a fabulous receipe - shan

Vijitha said...

Shan sambhar rice with potato fry.. Hmm yummy yummy.. I have to thank you for trying these recipes.

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I love this recipe. It came out very well. Thanks for posting it.