Bisi Bele Bath Masala powder recipe. An authentic homemade spice powder using byadgi chilies and marathi moggu that is used to make Karnataka’s special and most famous dish Bisi Bele Bath aka BBB.
Though I often use MTR brand bisi bele bath masala powder, I’m sure that you all will agree that there is nothing compared to homemade fresh powder to make the dish more awesome.
My mom’s neighbor is a kannadiga and every Sunday she makes an awesome bisi bele bath that we all used to gorge on. I loved the aroma of the spices that drifted to our house when she used to roast them. This recipe was noted down by me years ago in my handwritten recipe notebook.
Byadgi chilies or Bedgi Chilies are grown in the Dharwar, Karnataka. They are mildly pungent in nature but give a rich ruby red color to the bisi bele bath masala powder and an aromatic flavor too. These chilies are similar to that of Paprika.
Other two spices that play a pivotal role in this aromatic bisi bele bath masala powder is Marathi moggu and Mace (Javithri). Both give the powder a rich aroma and also lend a sweetish tinge thereby balancing the heat from red chilies and black pepper corns.
Whenever I make this powder, I make it for at least 3-4 servings. After using the required amount for the rice, I stock it in a small glass jar and store it in the fridge.
Make sure that you use up that stocked spice powder within a week as it starts to loosen the freshness and aroma.
I find that not only is this spice powder good in rice, but you can also sprinkle this powder in other vegetarian curries too towards the end and it tastes awesome.
Bisi Bele Bath Masala Powder Recipe details below:
Bisi Bele Bath Masala Powder
- Chana dal - 1 tbsp
- Urad dal - 2 tsp
- Coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
- Byadgi or Bedgi chillies - 10 to 12
- Whole dry red chilies - 4 to 5
- Black pepper corn - 1/2 tsp
- Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
- Mace or Javithri - 2 petals
- Cloves - 3
- Cardamom - 2
- Cinnamon - 1 inch stick
- Marathi Moggu - 3
- Fresh grated coconut - 1/4 cup
- Poppy seeds or khus-khus - 1/2 tsp
- Heat a thick bottomed pan.
- Add all the ingredients except fenugreek, poppy seeds and grated coconut.
- Roast over low flame till the aroma arises.
- Take care not to burn the spices.
- Transfer to a plate to let it cool.
- To the same pan add fenugreek seeds and roast for 5-7 seconds over low flame.
- Transfer to the same plate.
- Add grated coconut to the pan and roast over low flame.
- After a minute it will dry up a bit.
- Add poppy seeds now and keep roasting both over low flame till the coconut turns golden brown and the aroma arises.
- Transfer to the same plate to let it cool.
- Once cooled completely, transfer all the ingredients of the plate to a mixie jar and grind to a smooth powder.
- Bisi bele bath masala powder is ready.
- After using the required amount of powder for rice, transfer the powder to glass jar and store it in the fridge.
- Use the stored powder within a week before it starts to loosen its freshness.