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Instant Pot Bisibelebath

This one-pot Bisibelebath (Bisi Bele Bath) is a very popular recipe from Karnataka prepared in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.Bisi means hot, bele means lentil and bath means rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, south indian
Keyword bisibelebhath, easy, hot lentil rice, instant pot, pressure cooker recipes, under 30 minutes, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 312kcal
Author bhavana


For Additional Tempering (Optional)


  • Chop all the vegetables and onion.Keep aside.
  • Soak tamarind in warm water. Extract pulp and keep aside.
  • Press SAUTE mode on Instant Pot. Add oil and once it's hot add mustard seeds, cumin, curry leaves ,asafetida & let it splutter.
  • Add onions, Saute for 2-3 minutes until they turn soft and light brown in color - stir regularly.
  • Add mix vegetables and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Then add bisi bele bath powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, tamarind extract, salt.
  • Keep stirring else mixture may get burnt.
  • Add washed toor dal(lentils), rice, water, jaggery and give a stir .
  • Press CANCEL button on Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid on the pot, and turn valve from VENTING to SEALING position.
  • Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set timer to 8 minutes
  • Do a NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE(NPR) (Wait until silver button on lid drops).BE CAREFUL OF THE HOT STEAM
  • Remove lid away from you, garnish with Cilantro.
  • Mix well.I like my bisibelebath to be mushy and liquid consistency.
  • Turn on the SAUTE mode again,add 1/2-1 cup of water (depending on your preference).
  • Boil for 2-3 minutes.Bisibelebath is ready.Add tempering again its completely optional.
  • Serve with Kara bhoondi ,potato chips or papad.


  • You can use vegetables of your choice like Drumstick, Brinjal(egg plant), Sweet potato , pearl onions, pumpkin and squash.
  • If tamarind is not available you can replace with 1 tomato or juice of 1 lemon/lime.
  • Add extra 1/2 to 1 cup of water for a more khichidi like consistency.
  • If you don’t have bisibelebath powder you can replace with 2 tablespoon of sambhar powder and 1 tablespoon of vangibath powder.These powders are easily available in Indian grocery stores.
  • Instead of using oil for tempering, you can use ghee, vegans can avoid.
  • Substitute white rice with quinoa or millets ,same pressure cooking time.
  • Substitute white rice with brown rice, increase pressure cook time to 20-22 minutes.
Note:Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 650mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3800IU | Vitamin C: 91.6mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2.9mg