Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Navane (Foxtail) BisiBele Bath..

Navane is a very small grain and it is called as Fox Millet in English. Navane  the grain is used as main food in North Karnataka and in many other places of India. We can use and preparNavane instead of rice and prepare many dishes, like kichadi, bisibele bath, ganji, and even we can prepare idly or dosa. Navane flour is used for making roti, also.
Here is a recipe for Bisibele bath which is good for any time of the day and for all age group. I have used moong dal instead of toor dal since moong dal keeps the body cool and ready bisibele bath powder. (M.T.R.)
Sajje or Pearl Millet

Navane : 1 Cup
Moong Dal: 1/2 Cup
Tamarind Pulp: 2 Table spoon
Bisibele Powder: 2 to 3 Table spoons
Mustard Seeds: 1 Tea spoon
Urd dal : 1 Tea spoon
Oil: 2 Table spoons
Turmeric powder : a pinch
Carrots: 2
Ghee: 1 Table spoon
Salt: to taste
Ingh:(Asfoetida) : a pinch
Curry leaves: 8 to 10
Coconut: 2 to 3 Table spoons.
1. Wash and pressure cook Navane and toor dal separately (1 sajje 3 cups of water) for 8 to 10 minutes and let it cool.
2. Wash and cut carrots in to small pieces and cook separately till soft and keep it aside.
3. Soak tamarind in hot water for 5 minutes and squeeze out the juice and keep it aside.( Lemon size tamarind).
3. Grind coconut with bisibele bath powder using little water till paste and keep it aside.
4. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put oil and put mustard seeds and urd dal. Let the mustard seeds spurt.
5. Add ingh and curry leaves to the oil.
6. Now put cooked Navane and toor dal and salt. Put 2 glasses of water. Add salt.
7. Add cooked carrots to the mixture. Add turmeric powder and tamarind pulp. Mix it well and cook for 2 minutes. Stir inbetween so that it does not get burnt at the bottom.
8. Add ground coconut spice mixture and stir nicely. Add required water. Let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Now add ghee and serve with a cup of curd and some chips if you have.
Note: You can add any other vegetables like peas, beans or capsicum. You can also use 1 more spoon of ghee to the bisible bath to be more tasty. Or you can put ghee on the bisibele bath while serving. You can also fry onions and top bisibele bath. Using onions is an optional. You can also prepare fresh bisibele bath powder and use it.
Time : 25 to 30 minutes.
Serve : 3 to 4 
Sajje After it is cooked.
Procedure to prepare Bisibele bath powder:
Channa dal : 2 Table spoons.
Urd dal : 1 Table spoon
Coriander seeds : 1 Table spoon
Cineman : 2 to 3 small pieces
Cloves: 3 to 4
Jeera " 1 Tea spoon
Red chilly : 6 to 8
Roast the above one by one and grind it along with coconut.


  1. New recipe. Did not know that Sajje can be boiled and used with food though we prepare Sajje rotti. Thanks.

  2. yavathu sajje bisibelebath kelirlilla!good post


  3. A new recipe and a very healthy one too. Thanks for linking this to my event. Looking for more yummy recipes from you

    On-going event: Healthy Breakfast

  4. Sajje nalli bisibelebath ??!! never heard of it..
    Sajje cooker nalli eshtu whistle barsa beku ?

  5. Hee to nandoos Kitchen,
    thanks for the appreaciation ..
    yes ..I and thanks for the encouraging words....
    Nalini Somayaji

  6. hello Smitha Kalluraya..this is just like cooking rice..may be 5 to 6 whistles..since I do not use the whistle type. I keep my pressure cooker for 8 to 10 minutes after I keep the weight.

  7. Replies
    1. Namaskara Sandeep...sajje uppittu naa try maadilla...you can try like this..clean sajje...dry grind a little..rava consistency ....then fry onions and then add sajje rava ....fry for a while..and then add water..1 cup sajje rave and 2 cups of water..Add green chilly, grated ginger, salt and let it cook till it gets thicken...add a spoon of ghee and coconut gratings...Try maadi (swalpa Pramana) matte hegide tilisi


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