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Bisi Bele Bath Recipe / Sambar Sadam

Written By Angela Steffi on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 10:46:00 PM

Bisi Bele Bath also popularly known as sambar sadam in tamil is yet another awesome and delicous recipe which my mom packs for lunch when i was little. I will finish a whole plate of sambar sadam with a side of fryums without even a single world. My mom always make freshly ground sambar powder ( a little special than the regular sambar powder Recipe) to make this Bisi bele bath recipe because the freshly ground masala adds a very good aroma to the recipe.
This is the best way to incorporate all the vegetables in our daily diet so that we get all the benefits of vegetables. Whoever hates vegetables this is the must try recipe because the vegetables are nicely blended with rice and it leaves an awesome taste. I always love to add roasted cashews on the top to add extra crunchiness and taste. 

Please click here to watch Sambar Sadam recipe in Tamil in Madras Samayal. 


Serving Size          :  6 people

Preparation Time : 30 min

Cooking Time       : 30 mins

Difficulty: Spice Level:

Quantity Ingredients for making Sambar Sadam Recipe

To Cook Rice and Dal
3/4 cup Rice 
1/2 cup Thoor Dal / Thuvaram Paruppu
4 cup Water

To make Bisi Bele Bath powder
1 tsp Oil
1 tbsp Chana Dal / Kadalai Paruppu / Bengal Gram
1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
2 tsp Pepper corns
1 tsp Urad Dal  / Ulunthu
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp Fennel Seeds
4Dry red chilies
5 Kashmiri Chili 
2 TbspGrated Coconut

To make sambar Sadam
1 tbsp  Oil
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 tsp Asafoetida / Hing / Kaayam
2 Green Chilies
10-12  Shallots / chinna Vengayam
4 cup Vegetables 
2 cup Water
Small ball Tamarind (soak in water for 10 min) / Pulli 

Salt to taste
To Temper
2 tbsp Ghee / Clarified butter
10-15 Cashew nuts
1/8 tsp Fenugreek seeds
1/8 tsp Mustard Seeds
3 Dry red chilies
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves

Cooking Method

Step 1) Cooking Rice and Dal:
In a pressure cooker add rice and dal (wash it in water for a couple of times) . Add 4 cups of water to the rice and cook it for 4 whistles .We need to add more water to cook the rice because the rice needs to be cooked fully and it should be a little mushy.
I like my sambar sadam to be mushy, if you want the rice to be more visible then reduce the cooking time.

Step 2) Bisi Bele Bath Powder:
Heat a tsp of oil and add Chana dal, urad dal, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, pepper corns, fennel seeds, dry red chilies , kashmiri chilies to get nice color and roast it for few seconds. Then add grated coconut and saute it until coconut changes golden.

Step 3) Grinding Sambar Powder:
Allow the mixture to cool completely and grind it to a very smooth powder. If you are using sambar powder then use 4 tbsp of sambar powder


Step 4) Vegetables:
You can add any vegetables of your choice, i have used carrots, beans, brinjal, drumstick, potato, Cucumber, fresh peas.In order to prevent discoloration drop the vegetables in cold water immediately after cutting the vegetables (except to tomatoes)

Step 5) Making Sambar Sadam: 
In a big pan heat oil and add turmeric powder and asafoetida, give it a stir and then add green chilies and shallots. shallots plays an important role in sambar sadam it give an unique and good taste to the recipe.After mixing it once add the vegetables , tomatoes and peas

Add the freshly ground sambar powder , water , little bit of salt and cook until the vegetables are fully cooked.

Step 6) Adding the Rice:
Once the vegetables are 100 % done add tamarind juice. Soak a gooseberry size tamarind in water for 10 minutes and extract the juice. also add required salt and then add the cooked rice and dal. Mix it well to get rid of any lumps.Cover and cook it for another 5 minutes.

Step 7) Tempering: 
Sambar samdam is incomplete without tempering so first melt ghee in a pan and add the cashews roast it until it changes golden. Take it off from the ghee and keep it aside. Now in the same pan add fenugreek and mustard seeds, dry red chilies and curry leaves. mix it once and turn off the haet

Step 8) Bisi bele Bath: 
Add the cashews, tempering and coriander leaves to the prepared sambar rice and mix well.

Our Delicious sambar sadam is ready to be served. It tastes awesome with a side of chips or fryums and also with raitha. This recipe is very famous in every household in south India especially in the states of  Andra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.



  • Add a tsp of fresh homemade ghee on the top of sambar sadam before serving, it will taste heavenly.
  • Do not add too much of water while cooking the vegetables just add enough water to cook the vegetables otherwise the after adding the cooked rice it will take lot of time to get into the proper consistency.
  • If you are using sambar powder the use 4 tbsp of sambar powder
  • Adding nuts enhances the taste of the recipe. 


Bisi Bele Bath also known as Sambar sadam in Tamil is a very easy and tasty recipe which can be made at home. It incorporates flavorful, seasoned rice with lots of vegetables and nutrients.
Rated 4.8/5 based on 32 reviews


    To Cook Rice and Dal

  • 3/4 cup Rice
  • 1/2 cup Thoor Dal
  • 4 cup Water
    • To make Bisi Bele Bath powder

  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Chana Dal
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 2 tsp Pepper corns
  • 1 tsp Urad Dal / Ulunthu
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 4 Dry red chilies
  • 5 Kashmiri Chili
  • 2 Tbsp Grated Coconut

    To make sambar Sadam

  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetidar
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 10-12 Shallots
  • 4 cup mixed Vegetables
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 2 cup Water
  • Small ball Tamarind
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • Salt to taste

    To Temper

  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 10-15 Cashew nuts
  • 1/8 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/8 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 3 Dry red chilies
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  1. Cook rice and dal
  2. Roast all the ingredients for making bisi bele bath powder and grind
  3. Cook the vegetable with the freshly ground masala
  4. Add rice and cook it for another 5 minutes
  5. Temper and ad the seasoning to the sambar sadam and also add some coriander leaves on the top
  6. Sambar Sadam is ready to be served hot with onion raita

About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


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  3. How much one cup means I.e...the measurement of one cup

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  5. Add water don’t add too much of water at once be very careful while adding water to and knead it into smooth and firm dough.

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  7. Great recipe! Bisi Bele Bath, also known as Sambar Sadam, is a delicious and flavorful dish that I absolutely love
    . Your recipe seems to capture the authentic flavors perfectly.

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