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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Quinoa Bisibele Huli

Quinoa bisibele huli served with saggubiyyam / sago vadiyalu

Bisibelebhath or bisibelehulianna is one of the well known rice-lentil preparations from Karnataka. Bisi = hot, bele = lentil, bhath/anna = rice, in Kannada. Huli in Kannada can mean either the sourness or a lentil preparation equivalent to sambhar.
Since there is no rice in the following version, I have left out the bhath from the title. 

Quinoa works well in many dishes or cuisines for that matter because of it's adaptability factor. Here is one more example of this super grain's versatility. I tried replacing rice with quinoa in bisibele bhath - a classic, signature dish of Karnataka and had enjoyed it thoroughly. Nutrient rich quinoa combined with hearty toordal, vegetables, aromatic & flavorful spice mixture turned our favorite BBB into a scrumptious and wholesome meal.

Ingredients for 6 generous servings:
1 cup quinoa
1 cup toordal
About 2 cups chopped vegetables (I used 2 small carrots, 1 potato, 2 tomatoes, a handful of fresh peas and 25 -30 green beans)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind puree - 1 Tbsp (optional)
Salt to taste 2 .5 tsp
For bisibele bhath masala: 3 tsp chanadal, 1.5 tsp uradadal, 1 tsp coriander seeds, 3-4 cinnamon pieces, 6 pieces of moggu, 20 red dried chillies, a few tbsp copra (store bought bisibelebhath powder can be substituted though it is not the real deal and even the worldwide known brand from Karnataka doesn't do any justice to BBB.)
For tadka: 3 -4 Tbsp ghee, 1 tsp mustard seeds, 2 Tbsp cashews, few curry leaves

* Wash quinoa and toor dal thoroughly and drain the water. Add the rice, quinoa, vegetables, turmeric powder and about 4 cups of water to a pressure cooker directly and cook till they are done. Alternatively, cook in a sturdy pot.
* Meanwhile add chanadal and uraddal to a sauté pan and on medium heat, dry roast them. When they start to change their color add the rest of the masala ingredients and toast till the coriander seeds start to turn a few shades darker and the dals turn reddish. Turn off the heat and cool the toasted masala ingredients. Once cool, grind them into a fine powder.
* When the valve pressure is gone, remove the cooker lid. Add the ground bisibelebhath powder, salt, tamarind to the cooked quinoa - dal and mix well. Add (about a cup of) water to adjust the consistency. Let the mixture come to a boil and then simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes.
* Meanwhile, heat ghee in a small sauté pan. Add the tadka ingredients and toast till the cashews turn golden brown. Remove from heat and add the tadka to the cooked bisibele huli and mix well.
Serve with papads, chips or kara boondi.

Other bisibelebhaths posted here:
With Poha
With Cracked Wheat
With Brown Rice

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FewMinute Wonders said...

I ate them with regular sambar and rasam all the time. I am sure bisibele must have tasted yummy.

harini-jaya said...

Yet again demonstrates the versatility of quinoa! nice clicks!

Nitha said...

lovely click...

Unknown said...


That looks yummy...:)



chef and her kitchen said...

Looks gr8..nice variation wid quinoa

Priya Suresh said...

Wat a comforting food, just love it..cant wait to try Suma..

Gayathri Kumar said...

Very innovative!

Unknown said...

wow using quinoa for Bisibelebath is too good....very nice recipe...thanx for sharing!

Suji said...

Beautifully captured!!

Quinoa Diet Tips said...

Great recipe, I adore quinoa so can't go wrong with me if there's any quinoa in it.
Great picture too, I'd loved to taste your delicious food:)


Latha said...

Nice and healthy!

Unknown said...

Sounds delicious. Hoping you are sending this to my event as well, please do so :)

AJ said...

Great recipe!! Love quinoa!!

Tammi Kibler @keenonquinoa said...

Oh, this looks so good. I need to learn more before I have the skills to attempt this, but you have given me good incentive with this recipe. I think quinoa makes everything taste better.

Muskaan said...

Very nice. I tried out and it came out excellent. I did not make the masala as i was not able to get Gojju but used the MTR masala this time. Will have to check where to get that Gojju to make the masala at home.:)