Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bisi bele baath with broken wheat

The last day of Blogging Marathon #6, Week 1, sees me paired with Srivalli, and cooking a Karnataka dish from her blog. I have chosen to make Bisi Bele Baath, a signature dish of Karnataka. I have made some major changes, though, by doing away with the main ingredient - rice. I have wanted to make this dish with Broken wheat ever since I ate it that way at a restaurant.

What you need:
Broken wheat - 1 cup
Tuar dal - 1/2 cup
Tamarind - extract from a lemon sized ball
Water - 6 cups (Water +tamarind extract should total six cups)
Salt - to taste
Vegetables - 1 cup (I used potatoes,carrots,beans and green peas)
Onion - 1, chopped fine
Tomato - 1, chopped fine
Oil - 2 tsp
For masala powder:
Chana dal - 2 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Cinnamon - 4 one inch sticks
Clove - 4 or 5
Cardamom - 4
Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
Corriander seeds - 1/4 cup
Dry red chillies - 4 or 5(adjust to taste)
Curry leaves - a few
Heat a tsp of oil. Fry the dals first and when they turn reddish brown, add in the other ingredients and fry till aromatic. Cool and then powder.
For tempering:
Oil(gingely) - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Groundnuts - a handful
Heat together until the mustard seeds pop and the groundnuts start to brown.

Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pressure cooker. Saute the onions till they turn pink. Now add tomatoes and fry till mushy. Stir in the diced vegetables and turmeric powder. Mix well and heat for about 2-3 minutes. Add the broken wheat and mix again. After a minute, stir in the tuar dal,tamarind extract, water,salt, and powdered masala. Cook until two whistles and then reduce the heat to minimum and cook for a further ten minutes. Once the steam has settled down, pour the tempering over the cooked bisi bele and mix well.
The bisi bele will be very watery when you open the cooker, but you will find that it thickens as it cools down.
Serve with raita and papad.
Do take a look at what my fellow marathoners are up to.
This goes to Kalyani who is hosting MMK-One Pot Meals.


sra said...

Like the way you're acclimatizing yourself with a vengeance! Enjoying reading the Karnataka series

Srivalli said...

How nice that you were able to come up with a twist to the traditional recipe..looks great..

Unknown said...

Very healthy recipe never tried bisibele bath with broken wheat sounds interesting...

Archana Vivek said...

This is cool and healthy too. I also made Bisi bele for dinner tonight but tried for the first time with barley. It was pretty good. Yours sounds interesting too.Will try next time.

Vardhini said...

Healthy dish. I love broken wheat.

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Priya Suresh said...

Very healthy and satisfying BBB,love it very much..tempting!

MySpicyKitchen said...

Using broken wheat is a nice twist to the traditional recipe.

Harini said...

Sounds wonderful..evoked lot of memories! My mom also makes BBB with cracked wheat though the masala she uses is different. Unfortunately, it is not so popular in our house here!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Healthy and delicious one...

Monika said...

wow thats such a nice twist to it... lovely

Unknown said...

Yum, what a healthy version, I mean BBB is healthy anyways, but this makes it even more :)

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Hey Jayshree,

read all your regional special recipes....Lovely selection of recipes...Loved them especially Maddur Vade - My favorite....Replacing rice with broken wheat in Bisi Bele Baath is a nice and healthier option

Vimitha Durai said...

Healthy and yummy BBB.. never tried with broken wheat...

Suma Gandlur said...

Very healthy one.
I have been making cracked wheat BBB for years now and am surprised to read that wheat version is available at restaurants. :)