No, ye schmucks.
Bisi Bele Bath is not a fragrant soap that you use to wipe the grime or the gooey stuff between your legs in the privacy of your bath room.
Bisi Bele Bath is what the Gods created when they were in a particularly ebullient mood.
Bisi Bele Huliyanna, as this gift from the Heavens is more popularly referred to by the cognoscenti like us, is made of rice, Toor Dal, tamarind, potato, onion, carrot, beans, peanuts, red chillies, clove and other spices.
A speciality of the South Indian state of Karnataka, if you must know.
God, that state has gone down the toilet after Devaraj Urs thanks to buffoons like Gundu Rao, Bangarappa, Veerappa Moily (this man will never forgive us, Moily, please forgive us for what we did to you), Deve Gowda and all the other clowns that followed.
Seems like Bisi Bele Bath is the only thing this godforsaken state can be proud of these days.
Bisi Bele Bath with Rosemount Shiraz (2005)
Compared to the Bisi Bele Bath, the other South Indian rice favorite Puliyodharai a.k.a Puliyogre and Pulihora, tastes like what the cat left behind before jumping out of the window.
Yesterday, a new visitor to SI blog (kc2002) recommended the Rosemount Shiraz, another Australian wine.
Folks, can’t you think of a non-Australian wine. 🙁
And given our bibulous tendencies, we made haste to the neighborhood Patel liquor store.
Of course, our Patel tried to sell us the 1.5l $14.99 bottle. We gave him one dirty knowing desi look and plumped for the $8.99 750ml bottle.
After telling the Patel that he was now famous on the Internet and showing him proof of that on our iPhone, we wrangled a $1 discount.
Frankly, our Patel had no clue what we were talking about. You see, these Patels are a variant of Pavlov’s dogs. Only, instead of salivating when the light bulb is switched on, these Patels drool at the sight of dollar bills, bigger the dollar bill more the saliva on the floor. Everything else goes over their head.
God, there are few things in life to die for these days.
Bisi Bele Bath with Rosemount Shiraz, yes folks we recommend this potent combination to one and all.
The wine is a little sweet and Bisi Bele Bath is, of course, a tad spicy.
A sip of the wine and a spoon of the spicy Bisi Bele Bath.
What a contrast.
Hey, we’re already on our second glass of the Rosemount Shiraz and a second plate of the Bisi Bele Bath.
Thank goodness, there’s Bisi Bele Bath. And Rosemount Shiraz.
OK, go away now. We’re going down for the third glass.
By the way, did Wordsworth really say:
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to eat Bisi Bele Bath with Rosemount Shiraz was very heaven!
Or is it the play of our third glass of Rosemount Shiraz?
You sound drunk (that’s not a bad thing).. are you? I resisted my beer temptation tonight.. my beer gut is getting uglier by the day.
Just three (big) glasses of wine. OK, make that 3.5 glasses.
We’ve stopped beer lately because when we used to wake up after three or four bottles of Heineken, our vision would be hazy the next day for several hours. Too dangerous.
omg.. I miss Bisi Bele Bath so much… I do not know how to make it and you don’t get this in god forsaken Virginia where finding good Indian food is like finding a oasis in a desert..
Have you tried Saravana Palace in Fairfax? They offer Bisi Bele Bath on the menu.
We’ve been there a few times and found the food decent. But can’t remember whether we had Bisi Bele Bath.
We were at Angeethi in Herndon (VA) recently. Review coming later today or tomorrow. Have you been there?
That was good.
In many hotels in Karnataka, a handful of crisp khara boondi is sprinkled on the Bisibele Bath (or rather, bhath, bhath = rice in north India), to add to its taste.
You have not mentioned onion as an ingredient.
The usual variety of onion is not used mostly, because the smell can mask the flavour of other spices.
But a particular variety of onions, called masale eerulli in Mysoooru/Bengalooru, is used. It is small in size (2-4 cm in diameter), and has a different flavour that actually goes well with Bisibelebath.
Next time, try bisibele bath and gasgase payasa (porridge made of khaskhas). BTW, is gasgase/khaskhas available in the US ? or is it banned due to the fact that you can extract opium (or a similar substance) from it ?
1. We did use regular ‘onion’ in the Bisi Bele Bath but forgot to mention it (fixed it now – Thanks).
We did use some Rajasthani Mix a.k.a. mixture (from Kasana Foods, Nagpur) with the Bisi Bele Bath but it was not good. The South Indian Boondi mixture is better with Bisi Bele Bath.
2. Gasgase/khaskhas is not banned here. You’ll find poppy seeds sprinkled on the Dunkin bagels.
Yes, Gasgase Payasa and its father Hayagreeva are our favorites too. But both are seldom encountered even in Mysooru or Bengalooru restaurants.