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bisi bele bath in a bowl made using Instant Pot

Instant Pot Bisi Bele Bath

A quick and easy version of the traditional bisi bele bath recipe that is also made healthy by using whole grains like rice or millets.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sravanthi


  • 1 cup rice or millet any small millets like foxtail, little millet works
  • ½ cup toor dal
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • 6 cups water
  • 2.5 cups mixed vegetables
  • 1 medium sized tomato
  • 2.5 tablespoon bisi bele bath powder
  • 2 tablespoon tamarind paste lemon sized tamarind
  • 1 tablespoon jaggery
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 green chilli
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for making tadka


  • Soak millet, toor dal, and peanuts in a bowl for at least 30 minutes.
  • Chop the veggies and keep them aside.
  • Start an instant pot in sauté mode. Once it is hot, add oil or ghee to the inner pot.
  • Now add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chopped ginger, green chili, and curry leaves.
  • If you are using onion, add it now and let everything fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the veggies one by one - bottle gourd, carrots, beans, and yellow cucumber. Give a mix and let them fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add tomatoes, bise bele bath powder, salt, and turmeric powder.
  • If you are using tamarind paste, mix it with a half cup of water and keep it aside. If you are using fresh tamarind, extract tamarind juice using half a cup of water. Add this tamarind water to the veggies mixture.
  • Mix it well. You can add more water if it sticks to the bottom. Make sure to deglaze the pan completely, else you may get a Food burn signal.
  • Wash and drain the soaked millet and lentil. Add it to the instant pot inner pot and mix it well.
  • Aadd jaggery and water to the pot. Close the instant pot and make sure to seal the vent. 
  • Switch off the sauté mode and start manual or pressure cook mode. Cook it on HIGH pressure for 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make a tadka in a small pan using tadka ingredients.
  • Once it is done, do a natural pressure release after 10 minutes. Add the tadka to the bisi bele bath and mix it well. If required, add more water to adjust the consistency.
  • Serve the millet bisi bele bath hot!


Adding tadka is optional.