10 Sept 2015

Varagu Arisi Bisibellabath | Millet Recipes

One of my favorite one pot meals is bisibellabath. It's so simple to make and such a delicious rice. Bisibellabath is the fancy cousin of sambar rice. Since we have been including millets in our diet, I thought of trying out this bisibellabath with millets and it turned out to be delicious and a very healthy option too. This has become a regular fixture in our house and I make this bisibellabath with all the millets.

Varagu arisi is called as Kodo Millet in English. Some people add tomatoes to bisibellabath and some don't. I have not used, you can add some tomatoes if you wish.

Varagu Arisi Bisibellabath

Preparation time 15 mins | Cooking time 25 mins | Serves 2-3

  • Varagu Arisi - 1 cup
  • Toor dal - 1/2 cup
  • Onion - 1 large, sliced
  • Bisibellabath powder - 2 or 3 tbsp
  • Vegetables of your choice- 1.5 cups
  • Tamarind juice - 1/4 cup
  • Water - 5 cups
  • Coriander leaves - few chopped
  • Salt - to taste
To Temper
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Red chilli - 1 or 2
  • Hing - a pinch
Varagu Arisi Bisibellabath

Varagu Arisi Bisibellabath

1. Wash the varagu arisi and toor dal and soak in water for 30 minutes. Slice the onions and chop all the vegetables.

2. In a pressure cooker, add oil. Once the oil heats up, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, red chilli and hing.
3. When the mustard seeds splutter, add the sliced onions. Add some salt and saute until the onions turn translucent.

4. Now add the bisisbellabath powder. Mix well with the onions and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Add the chopped vegetables. Mix with the masala. Add 3.5 cups of water.

6. Add the tamarind extract. Drain the soaked varagu arisi and toor dal and add it. Min in and check for salt.
7. Add chopped coriander leaves and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Simmer after 1st whistle.

8. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and serve!

Serve hot with some ghee, chips of raita. We prefer to have all millet recipes with sambar or chutney.

Varagu Arisi Bisibellabath

1. Millets tend to dry up with time, hence it's best to have the dish with a nice side dish. We prefer sambar.
2. You can use home made bisisbelabath powder too. I will post that recipe later. This time I used store bought powder.
3. You can add a tomato if you want.
4. Use any vegetable you want. I have uses beans, potatoes, carrots, raddish.

Until next time,
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