2cupThick Poha / Beaten Rice / Avalakki, thick variety must
1/2cupSplit green gram /Moong dal
1/2cupSpit pigeon pea /Tuvar dal, ( if you want you can add just 1 type of dal,ie 1 cup of tuvar dal)
2cupMixed Vegetables ( Beans, Carrot, knolkhol,Peas , Potato etc.. whichever is available )
2-3tbspBisi bele bath powder
lemon size Tamarind, soaked in water
small piece Jaggery, ( optional )
Salt, as required
2 - 4tbspOil/ Ghee
few Cashew nuts, Broken -( optional )
few Dry coconut pieces, ( optional )
Chop all the vegetables. Cook them in cooker or microwave with less water, it should not get overcooked .Don't add onion and capsicum. Keep it aside for later use.
In a cooker ,cook lentils with turmeric by adding more water. Cook them mushy .When cooker has cooled, whisk through the cooked lentils to mash well.
Mean while, just wash poha ,drain water and keep aside.Do not soak it .
Heat oil/ghee in a heavy bottom pan / kadai and sauté diced onion and capsicum. Add salt.
Add cooked vegetables along with the water, mashed lentils, salt, tamarind pulp and bring to a boil .
Now add the freshly ground Bisi Bele Bath mix, stir well to break any lumps and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Check for taste and adjust tamarind, salt and spice mix. It must be strong (spicy) at this stage. Once you add beaten rice, it will absorb. If you want to add a small piece of jaggery.
Next, add beaten rice. Add more water. Let the consistency be watery. Mix well. Keep stirring in between, else the mixture will stick to the bottom. Boil well so that beaten rice absorbs spices well and get cooked. Switch off.
For the tempering: heat ghee/oil in a small kadai.When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and peanuts. After they crackle, add small dry coconut pieces and cashew pieces. Saute on low flame till they are slight brown. Switch off and add curry leaves. Pour the tempering over the piping hot Bisi Bele Bath, cover immediately to preserve the aroma.
Bisi bele bath is ready to serve .Serve it hot drizzled with ghee as such or with potato chips / Khara boondi / Veg Raitha on the sides.