This is almost similar to normal bisibelabath with the following difference:

In normal bisibelabath, rice and toor dal are cooked  in pressure cooker.   In this, we need to soak aval (not to cook) in tamarind water which takes only 5 minutes.

Whenever you feel like tasting bisibelabath, but you don’t have time and patience to go through a tedious procedure, here is the choice for you.



Aval(poha)                          1 big bowl

Tamarind                              small lime size

Channa dal                          1 spoon

Red chilly                             6 or 7

Dhania                                   1 ½ spoon

Methi seeds                       ¼ spoon

Coconut                               ¼ cup

Turmeric powder            small pinch

Gingelly oil                         2 tbsp

Cooking oil                         3 tbsp

Mustard                               ½ spoon


Small onion                       10

Drumstick                           1 (forgot to show in photo)

Carrot                                   ½

Beans                                    4

Curry leaf                            1 strip

Other vegetables of your choice..small onion and drumstick are important.



  • Wash and cut vegetales into medium size pieces.  Peel off onions.
  • Soak tamarind and extract juice.
  • Soak aval in half of tamarind juice.  Add little salt.
  • Heat oil in kadai, add mustard, curry leaves and small onions sauté for 2 minutes, then add other vegetables. If you want to reduce the time of cooking vegetables in kadai, you can microwave for 3 to 4 minutes and add (but I added directly).
  • Add a pinch of turmeric powder.
  • Add little salt and pour remaining tamarind water and keep it closed for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Fry in little oil, channa dal, red chilly, dhania, methi seeds and once it is fried add coconut and sauté few times and switch off.
  • Grind as a powder once it is warm.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked well, add aval+ tamarind mixture and the powder and mix well and switch off after 2 minutes.
  • Add raw gingelly oil (decide the measurement according to your taste).

Aval bisibelabath is ready.

Serve with vathal.


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