Oats and Brown rice – Bisibele bath/Spiced lentil rice
In this recipe lentils soften because they cook quickly than brown rice but lentils retain its shape. The proportion of lentils and rice can be altered as per taste. This dish is ‘spiced’ not spices, cinnamon, cloves and cumin give it a warm rich flavour but no heat.
Both brown rice and oatmeal are whole-grain foods that make up part of a healthy diet. They’re unrefined, meaning the fiber and nutrients haven’t been stripped away through processing. They also supply you with essential vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins and Iron.
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Total time: 30-40 minutes
- Brown rice- 3/4 cup
- Oats-1/2 cup
- Toor dal-1/2 cup
- Mixed vegetables-1 cup (carrot, beans, capsicum, cauliflower)
- Onion-1 num
- Peanuts-2 tbsP
- Bisi bele bath masala-1 tbsp (home made or ready available)
- Tamarind pulp-2 tbsp
- Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Dessicated/fresh coconut- 2 tbsp
- Salt-as required
- Mustard seeds – 1tbsp
- Red chilli-1 or 2
- Curry leaves-7-8 leaves
- Clove -2-3num
- Cinnamon-1” stick
- Pressure cook Brown ice, Toor dal, Peanuts and vegetables (carrot, beans, cauliflower florets) with enough amount of water for 3 whistles.
- Meanwhile in a pan dry roast oats and set aside (This step makes oats slightly non-sticky).
- In a big pan heat oil/ ghee then add mustard seeds and when it splutters add curry leaves, Asafoetida, Clove, Cinnamon & Red chilli; Fry them.
- Add finely chopped onion, capsicum and saute for about 5-7 minutes
- Then add tamarind pulp, bisi bele bath masala, red chilli powder & salt; Mix and add 2-3 cups of water and bring it to boil.
- As the water boils add oats and stir.
- Then add cooked toor dal, brown rice, peanuts and vegetables; Allow it to cook until it blends well.
- Adjust the consistency by adding water if required.
Serve hot with Pistachio and Mint raita.
- Can use broccoli / any vegetables of your choice
- Brown rice can be substituted with rice of choice
- Adding 2-3 cloves, 1-cardamom while cooking rice gives a good aroma
- The quantity of spices can be reduced/ increased depending on the taste
- Adding ghee to the tadka /Garnishing adds taste