Archive for November 5th, 2010

Bisibele Bath – With a Twist

Can you guess what’s the twist without reading the next few lines, just by looking at the picture above?

At my work, one of my colleagues had brought a dish with cracked wheat. She is also a vegetarian from North India. The dish was very good, and she said it had cracked wheat. I knew cracked wheat is good for health, however had never brought the same or even tried it. So, on Monday when I visited the local Indian stores, I saw cracked wheat and brought a packet.

I am sure you all know where I am going with this dish right? Everyone in my house loves Bisibele Bath. However, I prepare this rarely because it is too filling, and sits in your stomach like a cement. All the rice, dal, vegs makes it too heavy in calories. So, when I tasted this dish from my colleague, I told her I could try making Bisibele Bath, and I did it yesterday. It was quick, easy, and I was able to put all the ingredients in the pressure cooker in 10 minutes.


  • 1 cup cracked wheat (ಗೋಧಿ ಅಕ್ಕಿ)
  • 1 cup toor dal (ತೊಗರಿ ಬೆಲೆ)
  • 1 cup vegetables ( carrots, beans, capsicum, corn)
  • 3/4 cup sprouted moong dal (ಹೆಸರ ಕಾಳು)
  • 1/2 tsp tamrind pastes, 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 3 tsp bisibele bath powder
  • salt to taste
  • For seasoning : oil, mustard seeds, hing, curry leaves, haldi


  • Wash the dal and also cracked wheat. I used frozen vegetables, so there was no chopping work.
  • Put this along with all the ingredients listed other than the seasoning into the pressure cooker.
  • Add 4 cups of water, and salt and mix well.
  • I kept this for 5 whistles on the gas stove.
  • Once the pressure cools down, add the seasoning to the bisibele bath. I wanted this to be healthy, so didn’t add any seasoning. Trust me, it did taste good.
  • Serve with Raita. Enjoy a healthy and tasty bisibele bath with a twist.

P.S:  No onion or garlic in this dish makes it an option to be prepared on the days you are fasting, like Thursday’s, Saturday’s, or even Mondays when I have seen many ladies fasting.

Also, since this dish is so healthy now, with no oil if you don’t add seasoning, no rice, I cheated a  little bit and added spicy mixture on top. It does make a difference. Way to stay healthy..

Any suggestions for what this should be called? I would say “Cracked Bisibele bath”. When I came up with this name, everyone started laughing, which again is healthy, since the more you laugh the longer you live.

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