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Bisi Bela Bath

Bisibelabath

Before preparing Bisi Bela Bath, Here is a recipe to prepare Bisi Bela Bath powder.

Bisi Bela Bath powder

  • Channa dal (Bengal Gram) ½ cup
  • Urad dal  1/2 cup
  • Coriander Seeds   4 tsp
  • Jeera   2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seed 1tsp
  • Red chillies  15 no
  • Cinnamon  3’’ (broken into pieces)
  • Elachi 2
  • Cloves    2
  • Turmeric Powder  ¼ tsp
  • Peppercorn ½ tsp
  • Grated coconut   1 cup
  • Oil  for frying

Roast all the above ingredients and grind to a coarse powder in a coffee grinder. Store in a airtight container.

Ingredient to prepare Bisi Bela Bath
  • Rice  3/4cup
  • Toovar dal   1/2 cup
  • Chenna dal     ¼ cups
  • Turmeric Powder ¼ tsp
  • Tamarind  a small lemon size
  • Bisi Bela powder  3 tbsp (as prepared using above method)
  • Jaggery     1 tsp
  • Ghee    2tbsp
  • Salt     to taste
Vegetables:
  •  Chopped French beans – ¼ c up
  •  Chopped Carrot-   ¼ cup
  • Chopped Potato– ½ cup (cubes)
  • Chopped Capsicum   – ¼ cup
  • Curry leaves  – 2 stem
  • Green chillies – 2no
Seasoning:
  • Oil/ghee   – 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds   1/4tsp.
  • Hing    ¼ tsp
  • Cashew nuts
  • Curry leaves   – 1 stem
Method
  •  Peel and cut vegetables into 1″  pieces.
  • Soak tamarind in water and extract juice.
  • Wash rice and dal together and put it in the pressure cooker. Add 6 cups of water and 1 tsp of ghee. Pressure cook them till 4 whistles.  Take out from the cooker and transfer into heavy bottom pan. Gently mash them.
  • While the rice and dal are cooking, in another kadai, heat a tablespoon ghee or oil. Add the seasoning ingredients and roast the tadka them.
  • Now add the cut vegetables and sauté. When they start to get tender, add the tamarind pulp, Jaggery, turmeric, BBB powder and salt.  Boil for few minutes. Now add the cooked and mashed rice- dal mixture. Stir in the masala along with two cups of water. Combine well. Adjust the spices to your liking. Cover the pot and simmer for about ten to fifteen minutes on medium-low heat.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and add some ghee just before serving.
  • Serve hot with a teaspoon of ghee drizzled.

Courtesy: Smt.Sadhana
General guidelines for healthier food – Both body and mind:

  • One should be thinking about Perumal (Nama Smaranam) while cooking, and the purpose should be to offer the preparation to Him.
  • Once the food is prepared, it should be offered to Perumal first. While offering, one should make sure that the food is neither too hot nor cold. It should be offered with love and affection.
  • Please do not offer either pre-cooked food bought from outside or any pre-consumed food.
  • Please follow thiruvaradanam kramam as instructed by your respective acharya. (http://anudinam.org/2012/03/08/bhagavad-tiruvaradhanam/)
  • Follow ahara niyamam as much as possible. Atleast make sure that onion and garlic are not used at all.(http://anudinam.org/2012/06/11/srivaishnava-ahara-niyamam/)
  • Please ensure that food which are not prasadams are not consumed.

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