Barnyard Millet Bisi Bele Bath Recipe

The spicy mixed vegetable sambar rice is a traditional south indian dish made from cooked rice and lentils. The recipe has used barnyard millet to add to the fibre and nutrition of the dish. Serve it along with a tomato onion raita to make delicious combo.

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Barnyard Millet Bisi Bele Bath Recipe
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The Barnyard Millet Bisi Bele Bath Recipe also known as the spicy mixed vegetable sambar rice is a traditional south indian dish made from cooked rice and lentils. But in this recipe, I have used barnyard millet to add to the fibre and nutrition of the dish. 

Barnyard Millet is also known as Samvat ke Chawal and is popularly used during the Navratri. Barnyard millet is low in carbohydrates, but has a similar energy value to all the other millet. Its high in fibre and a good source of B-complex.

Serve the delicious Barnyard Millet Bisi Bele Bath from southern india along with a tomato onion raita for lunch or dinner.

Here are more recipes with barnyard millet : 

  1. Barnyard Millet Bisi Bele Bath Recipe
  2. Kuthiraivali Upma Kozhukattai Recipe
  3. Barnyard Millet and Ragi Khichdi Recipe
  4. Barnyard Millet Sweet Pongal Recipe

Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

90 M

Total in

110 M


4 Servings


  • 1/4 cup Bisi Bele Bhat Spice Powder
  • Ingredients needed to make the spicy vegetable tamarind sambar / curry
  • 10 Pearl onions (Sambar Onions) , peeled
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (Capsicum) , diced
  • 2 Carrots (Gajjar) , diced
  • 1/4 cup Green peas (Matar)
  • 1/2 cup Green beans (French Beans) , diced
  • 1 Potato (Aloo) , peeled and diced
  • 1 Drumstick , cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 Tomatoes , roughly chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups Tamarind Water
  • 2 teaspoons Jaggery
  • Salt , to taste
  • Other Main Ingredients
  • 1 cup Barnyard Millet
  • 1 cup Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • Salt , to taste
  • Ingredients For Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 2 Dry Red Chilli
  • 1 sprig Curry leaves
  • Ingredients for Garnishing
  • Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , a small bunch, for garnishing

How to make Barnyard Millet Bisi Bele Bath Recipe

  1. To begin making the Barnyard Millet Bisi Bele Bath Recipe, in a large pressure cooker, we will add the tamarind water, jaggery, the drumsticks, pearl onions, beans, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes, salt and finally the Bisi Bele Bath Spice Powder.

  2. Stir all the ingredients well. Cover the pressure cooker, place the weight and allow the vegetables to cook until you hear at least 2 whistles and turn off the heat.

  3. Since the vegetables cook very quickly, we will release the pressure by running cold water over the pressure cooker. This process helps to bring the pressure down immediately. Open the pressure cooker and keep the vegetable curry aside.

  4. The next step is to cook the barnyard millet and the dal. To the pressure cooker add in the barnyard millet, the toor dal, the turmeric powder, salt and 5 cups of water. Cover the cooker and place the weight on the pressure cooker. Turn the heat to high and allow the rice to cook until you hear two whistles.

  5. After you hear the whistles, turn the heat to low and simmer for five minutes. After 5 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and allow the pressure to release naturally. The millets and the rice continue to cook in this resting period, hence wait for the pressure to release completely.

  6. While we are waiting for the pressure to release, Lets proceed to make the seasoning.

  7. Heat a small pan on medium heat. Add in a tablespoon of ghee and allow it to melt. Add in the mustard seeds, the cumin seeds. Allow it to crackle. Then add in the red chilli, curry leaves and roast them until the red chillies are browned lightly. Stir to roast the ingredients well. Once roasted keep this aside.

  8. Once the pressure is released, add in the spicy vegetable tamarind curry. Stir all the ingredients together until well combined and the mixture looks like a mish mash. At this stage add in the prepared seasoning and two more tablespoons of ghee. Once again give the mixture a good stir. Check the salt and adjust to suit your taste.

  9. Transfer the Barnyard Millet Bisi Bele Bath to a serving bowl. Sprinkle the chopped coriander leaves and the fried boondi on top.

  10. Serve the delicious Barnyard Millet Bisi Bele Bath from southern india along with a tomato onion raita for lunch or dinner.