Oats Bisibelabath

indian breakfast recipe with oats
Oats BisiBelaBath ~ Healthy One pot meal

Oats Bisibelabath

The mix of ingredients that go into the making of today’s Indian style Oats recipe is very interesting, aromatic and outright finger licking good. Dear readers, I have for you Oats Bisibelebath, a Karnataka classic rice, lentil and vegetable dish where the rice has been substituted with oats. A wholesome, one pot meal with all the nutritious goodness going into it in the form of oats, protein rich dal, mixed vegetables and warming spices.

indian spice powder
Roasted spices to make Bisi Bela Bath powder

The key to this oats recipe is the spice blend aka bisi bela bath powder. There are variations to this spice powder and I have tried to stay close to the authentic bisi bela bath spice mix. It works for me and I am hoping you will like it as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

oats bisibelabath
Oats Bisi Bela Bath

Oats Bisibelabath

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 4

 Main Ingredients:

  •  oats
  •   vegetables
  •   tur dal


  •   Oats - 1 cup, dry roast on low flame for 5 mts
  •   Tur dal - 1/4 cup, washed and cook till soft
  •   Carrot - 1, peel and cube
  •   Potato -1, peel and cube
  •   French beans - 6, string and cut into small pieces
  •   Green peas - fistful (optional)
  •   Tomato - 1, large, finely chopped
  •   Onion - 1, finely chopped
  •   Tamarind extract - 1 1/2 tbsps (thick extract)
  •   Jaggery - 1/2 tbsp
  •   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  •   Salt to taste
  •   Oil - 1 1/2 tbsps OR 1 tbsp ghee and 1/2 tbsp oil
  •   For tempering:
  •   Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  •   Curry leaves - 5-6
  •   Oil - 1 1/2 tbsps oil OR 1 tbsp ghee and 1/2 tbsp oil
  •   For Bisibelabath powder: (roast in a tsp of ghee or oil for 3-4 mts)
  •   Chana dal - 1/2 tsp
  •   Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  •   Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  •   Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  •   Black Pepper corns - 5 to 6
  •   Red chilies - 2-3, tear and de-seed
  •   Cinnamon stick - 1/2"
  •   Cardamom - 1
  •   Cloves - 1
  •   Marathi Moggu - 2 (Dried capers)
  •   Poppy seeds - 1 tsp
  •   Dry coconut - 1 tbsp
  •   Raw rice - 3/4 tbsp
  •   Fennel seeds - 3/4 tsp
  •   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  •   Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  •   Fenugreek seeds - pinch (methi)
  •   Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  •   Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp

Method for making Oats Bisibelabath

Peel and chop the vegetables. Pressure cook the vegetables till soft.
Pressure cook the dal. Prepare the bisi bela bhath powder. Dry roast all the ingredients listed above for bisi bela bhath powder in a teaspoon of oil or ghee for 3-4 mts. Remove onto a plate and cool.
While the spices cool, dry roast oats for 3 mts on low to medium flame and keep aside.
Blend the cooled spice ingredients to make bisi bela bath powder. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add mustard seeds and as they splutter, add curry leaves and mix. Add chopped onions and saute for 4 mts. Add turmeric powder and mix. Add chopped tomato and cook for 3 mts. Add the vegetables along with any left over water and jaggery and cook for 2 mts.
Add cooked dal and mix. Add tamarind extract along with a cup of water and cook for 4-5 mts.
Add 1 1/2 tbsps of bisi bele bath powder and salt and mix. You need to mix the powder well such that you do not find any lumps of the spice powder. Add a cup of water at this stage and cook for 2 mts.
Add oats and mix. Place lid and cook on low flame for 5 mts. Turn off heat and remove onto a serving bowl.


  •   At the time of serving you can top with roasted cashew nuts or sev for a crunchy experience.
  •   Vegans can omit ghee and use only oil.
  •   You can add any vegetable of your choice like capsicum, cauliflower, brinjal etc.
  •   Add more water for a thinner consistency of bisibelabath.


How about a spicy, tangy Oats breakfast? Try Oats Bisibelabath, a healthy Indian recipe with oats, mixed vegetables, turl dal and a blend of Indian spices.
  • Charul @ tadkamasala.com

    I have to admit I was a little intimidated by the list of ingredients there but then I thought could oats get any better (in a healthier way)? Will try this soon.

  • prabha

    naku rice tho ala cheyalo bisibelabath cheppara pls

  • radha

    Its really a healthy meal to start off the day

  • Sudhe

    Sailu garu, nice idea. Good recipe for reducing the rice intake..wil definitely try. By the way I followed ur recipe for Dosa avakai, and it turned out great.Just the way my mom makes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ingeniousmrs

    Tried this today heavennnnn!!!

  • Chef Shahid-akhtar

    Very nice.. ideal recipe ….Hats-off Chef……………..!!!

  • AG

    I love bisi bele bath and this one is looks very interesting. Will surely try!

  • http://twitter.com/EasternAroma Neel

    Sounds outstanding!! Getting the goodness of roasted veggies + grains + spices = healthy, yummy lunches. This is a wonderful one to add to my rotation. Thanks Sailu.

  • Sirisha

    I tried this wonderful recipe..the taste was awesome…your measurements are so perfect…but I had a little bitter taste with oats that I never had with rice…do you know why or where it went wrong

  • Sri charani

    Tried this today… Awesome recipe.

  • kanchan

    Tried it Loved the taste of oats bisilebath its awesone …

  • gordonillan

    Looks yummy. What kind of oats should we use? Rolled or steel-cut? The cooking time seems low for steel-cut oats.

    • http://www.sailusfood.com/ Sailu | Indian Food

      You can use either of them.

  • Neelam Devi

    Hi, Can i cook vegetable and dal together to save the time .

    • http://www.sailusfood.com/ Sailu | Indian Food