Thursday, May 29, 2014

BISSI BELE BHAATH / HULIANNA ( Karnataka Style Sambar Rice)

Sambar rice is prepared with a little variation in all the Southern States of India. This is a Karnataka style recipe. .. they also call it Hulianna. It is a wholesome one pot meal as it has rice, dal and many vegetables added to it while cooking. The consistency is usually softer like khichdi. Some like to add ghee / clarified butter just before serving. It tastes awesome with fried appalams.

Recipe source- Foodelicious.

Rice .... 1 cup ( washed and soaked)
Toor dal ... 3/4 cup (soaked)
Onion ...... 1
Tomatoes ... 1
Potatoes ..... 1
Green beans .. 6-7
Green peas .. handful
Carrots ....... 1/4 cup
Spinach leaves .. 10 -12
Green chillies .. 1-2
Garlic ... 1 tsp (optional)
Ginger ... 1 tsp ( grated)
Tamarind ..... lemon sized ball ( soak in water)
Cinnamon powder .. 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder ..... 1/2 tsp
Sambar powder ....... 2 tbsps
Salt ... to taste

For tempering :
Mustard seeds .. 1 tsp
Cumin seeds ... 1 tsp
Curry leaves .... few
Dry red chillies .. 1-2
Asafoetida ...... a generous pinch
Oil ...... 3-4 tbsps


1. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker pan. Add the tempering ingredients.
When they crackle, add the ginger, garlic and onions. saute for a minute.
Now tip in the tomatoes, green chillies and the spice powders mentioned in the list.

Add the vegetables and saute for a minute.

Next add the washed and soaked rice and dal.

 Add 3 cups water. If you want a thinner consistency add 4 cups.
Bring to a boil and check the salt. Add if needed.

After it starts to boil close the pressure cooker and cook until one whistle and then reduce the gas. Leave it for 2-3 minutes.Open the cooker after the steam is let out.

Serve hot.

Note: You may cook the normal way in a pan too but you have to add more water.


  1. looks delicious.. i love it when served hot with pickle and pappad

    1. I make it spicy so no need of pickle.. but I love to have with papad

  2. How did it turn out for you? This is my dad's favourite.
    Thanks for trying my recipe and linking it to the event.

  3. This looks hearty and delicious. A meal in one.

  4. Delicious and flavorful one pot meal!!!


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