Vivek Oberoi’s favourite Recipe – Bisi Bele Huli Anna

February 2nd, 2010

Rice and Lentils cooked with veggies is called Bisi Bele Huli Anna.

Vivek’s favourite recipe is a Karnataka speciality. Bisi – hot; Bele -dal; Huli – tamarind; Anna – rice. The rice is cooked along with the sambar made from freshly ground spices.

1 cup toovar (arhar) dal (washed)
1 cup uncooked rice (washed)
¼ cup French beans (chopped)
¼ cup carrots (chopped)
½ cup potatoes (cubed) 
½ cup capsicums (cubed)
½ tsp turmeric powder 
3 curry leaves
2 tbsp tamarind pulp
2 tsp oil
salt to taste
For the powdered masala:
2 tbsp chana dal 
2 tbsp urad dal 
2 sticks cinnamon (dalchini)
½ dry coconut
8 whole dry red chillies
3 tbsp coriander (dhania) seeds
1 tbsp oil
1. Boil the vegetables and keep aside. Roast the ingredients to be powdered on a medium flame till aromatic. Cool and dry. Grind them.
2. Boil 5 cups of water in a heavy-bottomed pan, add oil, turmeric powder, toovar dal, salt and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.
3. Add the rice, cover and cook over medium flame for 20 minutes, till the rice and dal are cooked.
4. When the rice is cooked, add the boiled vegetables, powdered masala, curry leaves, tamarind pulp and salt, mix gently and cook further for five minutes
5. Serve hot with ghee.

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