Sunday, May 8, 2022

Bisi bele bath powder


  1. Kashmiri chili/Byadagi chili - 15 nos.
  2. Coriander powder - 4 tablespoon
  3. Chana dal - 2 tablespoon
  4. Urad dal - 2 tablespoon
  5.  Sesame seeds - 2 tablespoon
  6. Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
  7. Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
  8. Asafoetida powder/ Hing - 1/4 teaspoon
  9. Cinnamon stick - 2-inch piece
  10. Curry leaves - 1/2 cup
  11. Salt - 1 teaspoon


  1. Wash and pat dry the curry leaves. 
  2. Heat a pan on medium flame and dry roast coriander, chana dal, urad dal, cumin seeds, and fenugreek separately until they turn aromatic. Transfer the roast spices to a plate.
  3. Dry roast whole red chili for a couple of minutes.
  4. Pop the sesame seeds for a couple of seconds and transfer them to a plate.
  5. Roast curry leaves and cinnamon stick for a couple of minutes.
  6. Let all the ingredients cool down completely.
  7. Grind them into a fine powder and store them in an air-tight glass container.
Use this spice mixture whenever you make bisi bele bath.

Thank you Jayashree Trao for the wonderful theme on Sshhh Cooking Secretly challenge. I have been thinking of putting this recipe for a long time and now is the right time to publish it. If you are curious about what Sshh Cooking Secretly challenge is, it is a Facebook group that does monthly challenges. Each month, a theme is chosen and members are paired together.  Two secret ingredients are shared between pairs who make a dish that complies with the theme. The other members are asked to guess the ingredients at the end of the month. 

Jayashree blogs at Evergreen dishes and she has a huge collection Indian cuisines. Do check out her home made pav bhaji masala

This month I paired up with Mayuri who is a very talented blogger who blogs at Mayuri's Jikoni. She gave me sesame seeds and curry leaves and here comes my bisi bele bath powder. I gave her Pista and saffron and she made doodh masala/masala milk powder

Here I have my bisi bele bath prepared using little millet. 


  1. Anu thank you so much for sharing the masala recipe for bisi bell bath. Love the rice dish and now can make it at home.

  2. All of us at home love bisi bele bath. Thank you for this detailed recipe on preparing the spice mix. I can almost smell its heady fragrance right off the screen.

  3. I have lost my mother's recipe for Bisi bele bhat recipe but the masala recipe you have shared sounds like what she made. Thank you. Just one question do you dry roast these ingredients or use oil?

  4. homemade bisi bele bhath podi sounds exactly like how we make it & love it at home. perfect aroma for a home made BBB anytime ! - Kalyani

  5. My family loves bisi bele bath. Thank you for sharing this spice blend recipe, now, i can also try it at home. - Poonam

  6. Although Bisi Bele Bhath is an all time favourite at home, I have never used a special masala for it. Your masala recipe sounds so flavorsome. Would love to try your recipe ,next time I make bisi bele Bhath.

  7. I often make bisebelebath with rice or poha. It will be ideal to have this spice mix ready on the shelf. It sounds so aromatic with sesame seeds in it.

  8. Your masala recipe sounds so flavorsome !! I would love to try the recipe sometime

  9. I use bisibele bath masala atleast once a week. The ease of that one pot dish is enhanced by having homemade masala pudi.

  10. Bisi bele bath powder sounds so aromatic. Homemade Spice blend is always best. And I was searching for this recipe. Thanks Anu for sharing. Bookmarking the recipe to try.

  11. We love bisi bele bath at home. Home made spice mix is always fresh and flavourful. A handy spice mix at my place too. -Preethi