Millet Bisi Bele Bhat is a flavorful, aromatic, healthy, easy to make a one-pot meal that is served with Papad,  Salad, Chutney and Raita. This is a Jain recipe made without onion and garlic though you can add it if if you wish to.

Though this recipe is perfect for any day but is especially useful during the current lockdown situation as it is made with staple pantry items namely, lentil and millet plus whatever veggies you have.

Also, this is my way of making it Bisi Bele Bhat. This famous dish from South India is made with a North Indian touch and made with millets in a much easier way. Though it has everything that is there in the recipe of Bisi Bele Bhat but it’s just that mine is moist but still slightly on a drier side, without being too mushy. This one is somewhere between Pulao and Khichdi.

 

Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

 

Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

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Thanksgiving For A Easy Recipe Of Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

The way I made it is very simple but still was full of taste. For the recipe, I turned to my niece, Prachi Gupta, who has been making this for the past few years and is a hit at her place. She is like my daughter only and feels nice when a stage comes where you get to learn many things including recipes from your children too. It was her idea only to make it a one-pot dish. She uses everything that is there in Bisi Bele Bhath but the method is much easier and simpler. I think her stay in a hostel in Bangalore during her graduation days led her to evolve this easy method. But if we can get the same flavourful dish in a much easier way then why not? I followed her method only but the only change I did was to swap rice with millets.

Also, I used Sambhar Masala in this rather than Bisi Bele Bhath masala powder. The two powders are different in the sense that Bisi Bele Bhath also has some whole spices, so I used Sambhar Masala Powder along with whole spices. I can’t say how much difference it makes but we were satisfied with the outcome.

My Experience With Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

Superb! Yes, this one word is all that I need to say regarding my trial with this dish. I used Browntop millet and Tuar dal in equal proportion. Before cooking, it looked as if I should have taken fewer lentils but once made it came out perfect. I served it with Mint Raita and Papad and was loved by all. Also, I kept it slightly on a drier side rather than making it mushy or liquidy.

What Is Meant By Bisi Bele Bhat?

Bisi Bele Bhath is a delicacy of Karnataka where Bisi means Hot, Bele means Lentil and Bhath means Rice. Thus, hot Lenti Rice. It’s a dish where rice and lentils are cooked with vegetables and spices. It is served hot, as soon as it is cooked because if kept then it becomes thick and loses its texture and taste as well. It is supposed to have originated in the Mysore Palace and obviously as it started from a palace, the traditional way of making is very elaborate too.

Bisi Bele Bhat Or Khichdi?

You can call it khichdi as it uses both lentils and rice but is very different from Khichdi.

  • Bisi Bele Bhath is much more aromatic, flavourful and healthier than khichdi.
  • Khichdi is usually made with just lentils and rice whereas Bisi Bele Bhath is loaded with veggies too.
  • Consistency of khichdi is mashed where lentils and rice perfectly blend with each other whereas in Bisi Bele Bhath the grains are visible separately.
  • Besides, Khichdi is day to day food whereas Bisi Bele Bhath is a delicacy.
  • Khichdi is eaten all over India in different variations whereas Bisi Bele Bhat belongs to Karnataka.

Meaning Of The Word ‘Millet’ In A Recipe

If you are new to millets then you must have read many recipes mentioning Millet Bisi Bele Bhath or Millet so and so,  where just millet word is given. Now, which millet? After all, there are so many types of millets available so which one to use in that recipe. Don’t you get confused? At least I was when I started cooking with millets. Now after trying out so many recipes I have understood that most of the millets, though each varies in nutrition, but not only they look-alike but are similar to use also. So, you can use any millet whichever is handy, unless the recipe emphasizes on using that particular millet only. Just take care that the form is the same, meaning that if millet rice is used than use only the rice form of millet and not the whole or semolina form. Like in this recipe, I have used Browntop millet, but you can use Barnyard or Little or Kodo or any other.

Now before we proceed towards the recipe, let us have a look at Browntop millet.

BrownTop Millet

Its sheer coincidence that I used Browntop millet for making Bisi Bele Bhat. I am saying so that Bisi Bele Bhat is a dish from Karnataka and so is Brown Top Millet. While researching about this millet I came to know that it is grown in the drylands of Karnataka only. What a coincidence! However, that doesn’t mean you have to use Brown Top millet only. You can use any other millet too, be it Foxtail (kangni) or Barnyard (Sama) or Little (kutki) or Kodo.

BrownTop Millet is a forgotten millet and is not much known and has recently made a comeback. Actually, when I was buying my lot of millets for this challenge then the shopkeeper showed mee this and i was like, Is this a millet? Never heard of! There is only a Kannada name for this and in no other languages. Its Kannada name is Korale.

Nutrition In Brown Top Millet: This gluten-free millet is rich in fibre, contains 12.5% and is thus considered as a medicine for treating various lifestyle diseases like diabetes and heart-related ailments.

Each 100 g of Brown Top Millet has

Protein (g) 11.5
Fiber (g) 12.5
Mineral (g) 4.2
Iron (g) 0.65
Calcium (g) 0.01

Source: IIMR

How To Make Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

Though it is a simple recipe but you have to take care that you soak millets for at least 2 hours, the more the better. So, soak millet for a minimum of 2 hours and Tur dal for half an hour. In the meantime, soak tamarind and make sambhar masala. I made it instantly using lentils and desiccated coconut powder. Ideally, you should take fresh coconut but I used what I had ready in my pantry. I am sharing here my brief method of making Sambhar Masala. But if you have it handy in your pantry then use it. Also, chop veggies. Use whatever you have. I used beans, carrot, peas and tomato. Do not chop veggies too fine or small in size else they will get all mashed up as in Pav Bhaji and we do not want that. Also, use lot of ginger and green coriander. The flavours they lend is heavenly.

Thus I used an equal quantity of water, 1 cup water for 1 cup Mix (millet plus lentil).

Now, when you have all these ready with you then all are put in the pressure cooker and cooked for just 1 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own and then when you open the pressure cooker, it just needs 2 minutes more. Temper it with curry leaves and mustard seeds, add tamarind water and lots of green coriander. Oh! one second, I forgot a very important ingredient. Any guesses? Its ghee or say clarified butter. Top it up with ghee and you are good to go.

Brownie Points Of My Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

More nutritious as it is made with millets.
One-Pot meal.
Easy and simple method.
A good way to include veggies in your diet, especially of kids.

Having gathered all this information now let us look at the step by step recipe.

Detailed Recipe Of Millet Bisi Bele Bhat With Step By Step Pics

  • Soak Brown Top millet for 2 hours and Tur dal for at least half an hour.

Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

  • Chop veggies. I used carrots, beans, peas and tomatoes. Grate ginger or chop it finely.

Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

  • Soak tamarind.
  • Make Sambhar Masala. If you have handy then skip this point.
  • In a pressure cooker, put 1 tablespoon ghee. Add Splutter mustard seeds and asafoetida.
  • Saute grated ginger. Add chopped veggies. Saute all this for 30 seconds or so.
  • Mix in turmeric powder and Sambhar Masala Powder.

Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

  • Add soaked and rinsed millets and tuar dal.
  • Add salt and water. Drop-in 1 or 2 whole green chillies as it renders a lovely flavour. Since its whole, it won’t make it spicy.

  • Pressure cook for one whistle on medium-high flame. After the whistle, switch off the flame and let the pressure settle down on its own. When you open the pressure cooker it looks like as shown in the pic below.

 

  • Make the tempering.  For this take, one tablespoon ghee in a pan, when heated sufficiently, splutter curry leaves and mustard seeds.
  • Take out the pulp from the soaked tamarind.
  • Once the pressure settles, flip the Cooked mixture. Add the tempering and tamarind pulp. Mix lightly.

 

 Bisi Bele Bhat

  • Add lots of green coriander. Top up with ghee.
  • Serve with love. Mint Raita and Papad optional.

Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

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Millet Bisi Bele Bhat

Millet Bisi Bele Bhat is a flavorful, aromatic, healthy, easy to make a one-pot meal that is served with papad,  salad, chutney and Raita.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Soaking Time 4 hours

Ingredients

My Cup Measures 240 ml

  • 1/2 Cup Brown Top Millet
  • 1/2 Cup Tur Or Arhar Dal (Pigeon Peas)
  • 2 Cup Mixed Veggies (Onion, Carrot, Beans etc)
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger Juelienne
  • 2 Tbsp Green Coriander
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1/2 tsp Methi Dana (Fenugreek Seeds)
  • Pinch Asafoetida
  • 2 Tbsp Sambhar Masala
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Salt Or As Per Taste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri red Chilli Powder Or As Per taste
  • 1 Small Piece Tamarind

For Tempering

  • 1 Tbsp Ghee
  • Few Sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 1 or 2 Pc Dry Red Chilli
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds

Instructions

  1. Soak Brown Top millet for 2 hours and tuar dal for at least half an hour.

  2. Chop veggies. I used carrots, beans, peas and tomatoes.
  3. Grate ginger or chop it finely.
  4. Soak tamarind.
  5. Make Sambhar Masala. If you have handy then skip this point.
  6. In a pressure cooker, put 1 tablespoon ghee. Splutter mustard seeds and asafoetida.

  7. Saute grated ginger. Add chopped veggies. Saute all this for 30 seconds or so.
  8. Mix in turmeric powder and Sambhar Masala Powder.
  9. Add soaked and rinsed millets and tur dal.

  10. Add salt and water. Drop-in 1 or 2 whole green chillies as it renders a lovely flavour. Since its whole, it wont make it spicy. I used equal quantity of water, like 1 cup water for 1/2 cup millet plus 1/2 cup tur dal.

  11. Pressure cook for one whistle on medium-high flame. After the whistle, switch off the flame and let the pressure settle down on its own.
  12. Make the tempering.  For this take, one tablespoon ghee in a pan, when heated sufficiently, splutter curry leaves, rwhole red chillies and mustard seeds.

  13. Take out pulp from the soaked tamarind. Use only 2 Tbsp of it.

  14. Once the pressure settles, flip the cooked mixture. Add the tempering and tamarind pulp. Mix lightly.

  15. Add lots of green coriander. Top up with ghee.
  16. Serve with love. Salad, mint Raita and Papad optional.

Recipe Notes

  1. As I wanted separated grains  used equal quantity of water. As my millet and lentil, were together  1 cup so I used this much water only.
  2. You can add whole spices like bayleaf, cinnamon stick and black cardamom along with ginger and saute for a while.
  3. This recipe of mine is a Jain recipe, made without onion and garlic. If you wish to add onions, then add 1/4 cup chopped onion and saute it before adding veggies.
  4. I have made it moist but without excess liquid. If you want it to mushier then add one and a half cups water instead of 1 cup.

I hope you have liked this easy recipe of Millet Bisi Bele Bhat and will surely try it out for your loved ones.

This post is a part of the BlogChatter A2Z Challenge 2020.

 

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