Sambar Rice


Also known as Bisi Bele Bhath in Karnataka is a traditional, flavourful rice and lentil based dish.

In kannada kanguage the word bisi bēle bhāt literally means hot lentil rice mixture.It is one of the most preferred rice recipe in kannada house hold.

I have used MTR’s nisi belle bhath  masala,also i cook the rice and lentil separately and then mix it with veggies and masala powder followed by simmering till it cooks perfectly followed by tempering…

Recently for my kitty party,I had made this as my theme was south Indian food along with idli sambar and payasam…and trust me it was a super hit dish relished by everyone…

FB_IMG_1588517870593 So here goes the recipe…


1/2 cup Rice.

1/2 cup Tuvar Dal.

1 cup mixed vegetables cubed(Carrots,Potatoes,Brinjals,Cauli flower,Beans,Green peas.)

1 Onion thickly sliced.

2 Medium sized Tomatoes chopped in big pieces.

1 tbsp Oil

2 tbsp Ghee.

1 tsp Mustard seeds.

1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds.

1/4 tsp Asafoetida.

2 tsp MTR Bisi bele Bhath Masala.

1 tsp Red chilli powder.

2 Dried red chillies broken into pieces.

10 pieces broken Cashew nuts.

10 Curry leaves.

2 tsp Tamarind paste.

Salt to taste.


Mix together dal and rice,wash and keep soaked in 4 cup water for 1/2 hour.

Pressure cook for 4 whistles.Keep aside.

In a big non stick pan,heat 1 tbsp Oil & 1 tbsp Ghee.

Add mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds,asafoetida,curry leaves,cashew pieces and onions stir well till cashews and onions turn light brown in colour.

Add turmeric powder,chilli powder and MTR bisi bele bhath masala,mix well.

Add chopped vegetables and salt.Add half cup water,cover and cook till vegetables are cooked.Add tamarind paste,mix well.

Add cooked dal and rice mixture,mix well,check for salt.Add water if required.Consistency should be semi solid.

Cover and cook for 5 minutes.Heat  ghee in a tempering pan add dried red chillies…pour this tempering on prepared rice.

Serve hot with pickle and Papad.

Happy Cooking !!!


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