Bisi Bele Huli Anna ~ A feast for all time!

We had a neighbor who was a kannadiga. This doctor got married after few months moving next door. His young wife was a pretty lady, who was so typically kannadiga and didn’t know a word of Tamil. This was our first brush with Kannadiga cuisine and culture. For all her modern upbringing and other things, she was very pious and an excellent cook. She never missed an occasion to celebrate festivals and that too as her mother did. We used to go out for picnics a lot and this is where we had our share of the glorious taste, thats of Karnataka. She never missed an occasion to entertain and feed us with her cooking. It was indeed fortunate that we were introduced to this excellent cuisine through her.
We learnt many dishes from her, one that became a regular is Bisi Bele Huli Anna. When Asha announced RCI: Karnataka, I knew I was going to make this. Of course, as expected it is raining Bisi Bele Huli Anna everywhere and I also wanted to contribute to it.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Cuisine : Karnataka

Elephant Rattle is happy to be seen with the Bisi Bele!

Ingredients Needed:

Rice – 1 cup
Tur Dal – 1/2 cup
Water – 6 cups
Sambar (Shallot) Onions – 50 gms
Tamarind – size of a lemon
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Salt to taste
Ghee – 1 tbsp


Beans, Carrot, Potato and Peas – 1 cup

Masala to be ground

Grated coconut – 4 tbsp
Red chillies – 4 to 5
Coriander seeds – 2 tsp
Pepper Corns – 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon – 2 “
Maretti Moggu (if not use cloves) – 2
* Refer this link for detail
Black gram dal – 1 tsp
Bengal gram dal – 1 tsp
Asafoetida – a pinch


Ghee – 3 tbsp
Mustard – 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves – 2 springs
Cashew – 5

Good pose from this side too!

Method to prepare:
Wash the Tur dal and cook with 1 cup of water in a cooker with turmeric and a drop of oil. Put it for 2 whistles or till half cooked.
Clean rice and let it soak for 10 mins.
Cut all the vegetables and keep aside.
Heat a pan and with little oil, roast the all the masala and let it cool. Once its cooled, grind to a fine powder.
Once the pressure is released from the dal, add all the ingredients along with rice. Pour the remaining water and add salt. Pour 1 tbsp of ghee and cover it with lid and put it for 3 whistles.
Remove the lid when is pressure has gone down. Put it on high flame if its little watery.
Heat a kadai with ghee and fry the seasoning.
Pour on the Bisi Bele Huli Anna and transfer to a serving bowl. Take a photo!. oops serve to your folks.
This I made for Asha’s RCI: Karnataka. Since today falls within date for Sharmi’s JFI: Rice, sending this to her too.
Enjoy your Sunday!
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  1. Hi Sri, nice recipe I’m first timer at ur blog, Your recipes are very impressive & thanks for lettin me know abt the RCI event.
    take care

  2. srivalli.. where are u now… i want to move next door and continue with the picnic tradition.. the bisi looks great, hope u asked ur daughter’s permission before u took her cute toy πŸ˜‰

  3. it certainly is raining Bisi Bele, but nobody is complaining! πŸ˜‰
    Your version looks very tasty and comforting. you are one lucky dame to have such a sweet neighbor! πŸ™‚
    btw, loved the elephant rattle….very very cute! :))

  4. This looks and sounds really delicious, Srivalli, I’d love to try. Could you help me — what is maratamoguttu? I’m so curious — googled and the entire 4 or 5 results were in your recipes πŸ™‚

    Elephant rattle is adorable, by the way πŸ™‚

  5. thank u so much srivalli. do try and participate in the event.

    i was thinking bisibele bath too..but let me see if i can try something i havent done before πŸ™‚

  6. Redchillies, I am glad that this brought back nice memories to you, thanks for the nice comments.

    Padma, thanks this this was not so spicy as I added only few pepper and 4 red chillies

    Rajitha, thats very sweet of you. Most welcome to move next door. Thats my sons toy!

    Bhawna, welcome to my blog. Thanks for the nice comments, do visit when you find time

    Jeena, thanks for the comments

    Viji, very nice of you

    Lia, please do try this out, am sure you will love it.

    Prajusha, thanks…

    Cynthia, yes totally agree with on that

    Suma, nice to know that

    SeeC, yes we might end up with many variations

    Lathamma, agree with on that..asha might have a seperate section for this

    Raaga, yes it will be very helpful

    Tee, hhah…thanks

    musical, I am so glad about that

    Linda, thanks and I have posted the information in your blog

  7. hi srivalli,

    i have been trying ur recipes and it comes out great… just now learning cooking and it comes out very good… i am getting appreciation from my hubby… thanks a lot… keep on posting new dishes…

  8. Hi srivalli,

    i am trying ur dishes and all comes out very good…. just now learning cooking but it comes out great with the proportion of ur ingredients… thanks a lot & keep on posting new dishes…

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