Think of Karnataka cuisine the first thing which pops into our mind is most delicious and authentic dish Bisibelebath.The name itself suggests that it's a combination of rice ,lentils and spicy powder.There are varaties of Bisibelebath you can make,for example Oats Bisibelebath,Avalakki Bisibelebath,Cracked Wheat Bisibelebath and so on.This time I gave a try to Bisibelebath with moongdal (hesarubele).
1 Cup Sona Masoori Rice
1/2 Cup Moong Dal
1 Carrot ( chopped lengthwise)
1/4 cup Lima Beans ( I used frozen)
1 Tbsp of peanuts
1 1/2 tsp of Garam Masala
1 tsp Red Chillie & Turmeric powder
Cashews & Cilantro to garnish
3/4 tsp of tamarind paste
Coconut powder as desired
Salt to taste
5 to 6 cups of water
Oil and 1 tbsp each
Mustard seeds,asafeotida & curry leaves
Cook rice,vegetables and moongdal together with measured water in a pressure cooker and bring them to 5 whistles.
In a sauce pan heat oil,add mustard seeds,asafeotida,curry leaves,salt.Sim the heat add garam masala,cashews,red chillie and turmeric powder.Saute them for less then a minute.Finally add tamarind paste...
Mix the above with cooked rice.Add hot water to the rice if needed.
Garnish them cashews and cilantro.