I usually prefer making spice powders at home rather than buying it from outside as i feel they are much better than the store bought ones .There is no preservative added and they really add flavors & fragrance to the food.I agree its little time consuming but once job done , aroma coming out from the flavorful masalas is just overwhelming. So here i share with you all  the method of preparing

Home Made Bisi Bele Bath Powder ” . This easy to make spice blend is the heart of bisi bele bath .


Hmm.. I know few people out there are wondering what is this ” Bisi Bele Bath ” after all ? I can proudly say Bisi bele bath is a trademark signature dish of Karnataka. Its basically a mix of rice , lentils and vegetables. The mixture is spiced up using ” bisi bele bath spice powder ” and later served hot. Of course you can use MTR ready powder to make them but as i said it can never match the authentic homemade version.

Every house hold has their own recipe for bisi bele bath powder,though the basic remains same there will be few changes in proportion.The one i am sharing today is my Mom’s version who’s bisi bele bath is very famous. People visiting our home craves for her bisi bele bath and she happily pleases them . She always says ” ‘ Marathi moggu / Kapok buds ‘ is the secret ingredient in the spice powder so never omit them . ” . I too agree , these buds give an important distinguished flavor.So are you ready to jot down the recipe of ” Authentic Karnataka Style Bisi Bele Bath Powder ” ? Here it goes…

Print Recipe
  1. In a frying pan on a low flame  dry roast dry coconut till they are crispy. Keep them aside .
  2. Add few drops of oil to the same pan .Fry both the type of red chillies and curry leaves on low flame till the chillies are crisp. Switch off and transfer to a plate .
  3. Next to the same pan,add black gram,bengal gram,coriander seeds,cumin seeds, fenugreek,cardamom, cinnamon ,cloves,kapok buds and mace. Fry on low flame till they are aromatic.Lastly add poppy seeds,fry for just a few seconds switch off .
  4. Combine all the roasted ingredients together .Mix well and allow them to cool .
  5. Take a mixer jar .Wipe it clean ensuring there is no moisture.Transfer all the roasted ingredients and dry coconut to the jar.Grind to a smooth powder .
  6. Store the powder in an air tight container and use it while making bisi bele bath .
  7. Isn't it easy ?? Today i shared just the making of bisi bele bath powder..No points for guessing my next post .. click to know how to make bisi bele bath ...
Recipe Notes
  1. Kapok buds and poppy seeds are very essential while making bisi bele bath powder.So dont omit it.
  2. If you want you can omit dry coconut .This further increases shelf life . You can grind and add at the time of making bisibelebath .
  3. Usually bisi bele bath is spicy. But if you cant take much spice reduce the chillies .
  4. I always make these powders in small batches ie once made gets over in 3-5 use.
  5. This masala powder can also be used while making sambar . It gives a different taste .

Thanks for reading the post....plz drop your valuable comments.. it really motivates me...Also If you liked this post, I would really love it if you could share it ...Thank you !!

Love ~Smitha


  • Reply
    Beulah Arun
    May 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Very useful post!

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    Eliza Lincy
    May 23, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Home made powders are always the best. I can imagine the flavour of this masala.

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    Sony P
    May 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Nice and aromatic masala!

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    May 24, 2014 at 7:11 am

    thanx for posting this dear..my hubby loves bisi bele bath …I will make it for him using this powder…

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    May 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Very nice post.Must be flavourful than store ones 🙂

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    Gayathri Sathyanarayanan
    May 25, 2014 at 2:01 am

    Spicy and flavorful powder.comes handy at busy mornings.

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    Priya Suresh
    May 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Very flavourful spice powder, wish i get a bottle of this home made spice powder..

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    Rafeeda AR
    May 26, 2014 at 6:12 am

    home made masalas are always the best…

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    May 26, 2014 at 9:45 am

    You can never get bored of this one dish. Smitha, How long does this quantity stay fresh?

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    May 26, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Hi ,Good question . Usually i make a small bottle ( the one shown in pic ) of powder each time. For me it lasts for almost 2-3 months n the last spoon too taste so fresh. But then u have to store in air tight container and handle properly.

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    Mitha Hegde
    May 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Hats off to you for making home made powders Smitha! I agree that the marati moggu gives awesome flavors.. My mom adds it when making bhath powder and it tastes divine… 🙂

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    Maha Gadde
    May 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    useful one….book marking.

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    December 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Substitute for poppy seeds please as it is not available in Kuwait

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    December 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

    if poppy seeds not available omit …

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    Harsha Gatt
    March 1, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Namaskara, thanks for wonderful post with pictures.. since your blog is in top page while doing a search, most of people would land here. Ingredients name are in english or hindi.. have to use google translate or search them again for kannada names.. Please post Kannada names (along with any other language) for ingredients.. tumbha ne help agate while reading 🙂

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    March 5, 2015 at 9:57 am

    thats a good suggestion Harsha…kanditha madthini…

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    August 18, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Bisi bele bath with this masala powder came out very well. I had only tried before with store bought powder. This was very flavorful. I did not have a couple of ingredients so had to omit. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Pricilla Solomon
    October 19, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Smitha, as usual grt recipe and my fav one too!But mace/javithri is not in the pic, what is that black long stuff called next to marathi moggu in the divider plate!

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    October 21, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Thx Pricilla Solomon….Very good observation.. ya i ve missed keeping mace while clicking pic. The long black colored spice is big variety marati moggu

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    December 10, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    since I don’t have a tbsp at home, please let me know 1tbsp = how many tsp?

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    December 14, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    1 tbsp = approx 3 tsp

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    December 20, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Smitha!I also being a Kannadiga, was looking for BBB Powder’s ingredient list. I followed the exact measurements given above for approx., 6 people, guess, it was perfect and simply superb, precise flavours and they’re aromas… Your blog/recipes are my 1st point of reference for south Indian recipes! Great job, keep more traditional recipes coming!

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    March 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Smitha,great to have you. what a simple and kind words I make most of my receipe with your blog.All came out deliciously. Keep updating will learn more.Thank you very much for sharing your experience.if any time love to meet you Smitha.Shobha

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    April 22, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Hello Smitha avare!Thank you very much for this post. Having landed from Bangalore at Pune I assumed that I could easily get MTR s version but was in for a surprise. As you rightly commented folks here don’t even know what BBB is! So your recipe will helpme feed my family some BBB after all! With reference to store bought powder I feel that dry khopra is not added in those, nor do we add while making the BBB. Further you also mentioned that channa dal is not there in MTR s version ..what way adding it is helpful?wouldnt it dilute the powder?Thank you in advance for your reply..

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    April 23, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    kopra n channa dal gives nice texture to BBB n also enhance taste.

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    December 15, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Hi, Smitha you have not mentioned quantity of kapok buds and here in NZ we do not get everything what can I substitute for it.

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      Smitha Kalluraya
      December 17, 2016 at 9:51 am

      around 5-6 kapok buds you can use if you get .. else skip it no problem

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    March 16, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Hi smitha, i prprd tis powder it came our well n my bisi bele bath also was delicious… Everyone liked it in my family… Thanks fr ur recipe.. Today i hv tried vangi bath powder.. Tis too ame out well.. Thank u once again…

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    December 18, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    thanks a lot for lovely step by step expln.

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