Bisibelebath (Rice, Lentils & Vegetables Stew)

Another perennial favorite of South Indians, Bisibelebath (prounounced as busy-bay-lay-baath) can be best described as a stew of vegetables, lentils and rice cooked in a broth made of ground spices. A bit more involved than one-pot meals such as Vegetable Pulav or Uppma, Bisibelebath is worth the work. The aroma of spices as you gently dry-roast them will make your home smell better than the proverbial cookies baking in the oven. And the flavors will intensify as you add one ingredient after another to create the most flavorful stew. 

Recipe Sack’s Bisibelebath kits include step-by-step directions that will allow you to infuse this dish with lots of flavors and depth. This kit yields 4 servings.

Included in this meal kit: Basmati Rice, Split Red Gram (Toor Dal), Dal Mix (Split Bengal Gram, Coriander seeds), Masala Mix (Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, Black Pepper, Turmeric, Bay leaves and Star Anise), Coconut Mix (Cumin seeds, Dry Red Chilies and Dry Coconut), Jaggery and Tamarind.

You will need (not included in this bag)…

  • 4 – 5 cups water for cooking
  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 medium sized carrot, peeled and cut the same size as the string beans
  • One medium size potato, peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup Frozen peas
  • ¼ lb. of cut string beans
  • Chopped cilantro (for garnish)
  • Salt, to taste

Product Reviews

  1. dinner for one 4 Star Review

    Posted by Unknown on 11th Oct 2014

    This product is one of my favorites. It takes time, but is easy to make, and I enjoy the leftovers as much as the first. Having all the spices at hand is a plus, substitutions of similar veggies is easy.

  2. Another winner – Recipe Sack has yet to disappoint me! 5 Star Review

    Posted by Mara on 8th Mar 2014

    This is the third recipe I’ve tried. It is slightly more time intense/complicated, but the instructions, as always, are easy to follow. And it is delicious. I made some vegetable substitutes based on what I had on hand (sweet potato, snap peas & chestnuts instead of potato, string beans & peas). We are officially hooked. I have never cooked Indian food before. I love that the spices are provided for me – and I can add the fresh ingredients. Thank you! I truly think of this as a service!

  3. VERY DELICIOUS 5 Star Review

    Posted by Mtn. View Karen on 13th Sep 2013

    This was very good! A little work, but well worth it! It fed 2 of us with left-overs. A very satisfying dish on it’s own.

  4. So versatile ! 5 Star Review

    Posted by Michigan Diane on 9th Feb 2013

    I confess that when I went to make this I had several veggies in my fridge that needed to be used so I just added all with potatoes. As I suspected the seasonings made the dish and it was delicious.