Aug 2, 2011

Last minute Brown Rice Bisibelebath with mixed beans for Susan

Lately, my follower count on the blog has been going up and down by a couple, or in other words, stayed constant. I welcome new followers and wonder about the ones who are unfollowing (leaving). Maybe it is because I haven’t been very regular with my posts for almost a year now. There is also the contentious issue of not visiting a bunch of other blogs and leaving comments, which, let’s face it, generates traffic.

I have been for a long time ambivalent about blogging because I simply can’t bring myself to blog-hop all the time. It drains away a lot of my time and energy not to mention distracts me from family matters. I still visit my friend’s blogs, not only for the content and writing but also to catch up with them. There are times when I visit an often-visited-in-the-past but not forgotten blog because I see a link on fb and it sounds interesting.

Siri’s roundup of Wholesome Whole Grain – Brown Rice was one such event that got a quick click on the link. I have never been much of a brown rice eater but her bisibelebath made with brown rice, lentils and loads of veggies screamed, “Cook me”. So I did, with much success. I fed it to my Tamilian friends and they loved it. I have since made it a bunch of times and it tastes good every time. The secret of course is the spice powder that I roasted and grinded based on Siri’s recipe.

I have professed my inability to follow a recipe to a T on this blog before. However, this one time, I did not waver from the original version except for the quantity, which I cut in half. Not only was this an easy one pot meal, it was filling and nutritious and hit the spot just right every time I made it.

Of course, it is human nature, or may be my nature, to fix something that isn’t broken. So the fourth time I made bisibelebath, I decided to make it even more nutritious by adding whole beans instead of just toor dal (split pigeon peas). It turned out pretty good but the spouse and I both agreed the original tasted better. I am listing just the changes that I made to the recipe. Click on Siri’s Bisibelebath to see the original recipe.

Ingredients I changed:
Mixed lentils and beans: 3/4 cup (I used a combination of black eyed peas, whole masoor dal, whole mung beans and toor dal)

Vegetables I used:
Vegetables: 2 cups (a mix of sweet potato, celery, onions, carrots and spinach)

Spice Powder:
Since I roughly halved the recipe, I used about 2 tbsp of the spice powder

This delicious and nutritious bisibelebath goes to Susan who is celebrating and hosting the third anniversary of her popular event MLLA- 37 . Thank you, Susan for accepting my very late entry. This post also goes to Jacqueline's Bookmarked Recipes event created by Ruth of Ruth's Kitchen Experiments.

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  1. Same here with me too Jaya, not finding enough time to blog-hop like I used to do few years ago. Now, like you FB has become my default Google Reader..:-). I am so happy that the recipe turned out well for you. You are bang-on the home-made spice powder, can never compete with the store-bought ones.

    It is time to make some again, may be this weekend.


  2. Jaya, I haven't investigated it of late but the follower count does bob up and down and there are explanations for it on the Net ... Contentious issue :) ... That made me smile.

  3. Love the picture and heading over to check the recipe now :)

  4. Well, you know fr/ my recent FB S-O-S, that I am overwhelmed w/ social networking. Caring for your own life and work is a tight balancing act with online connecting w/ others. Does greater investment in comments yield more traffic? For sure, but it come at a cost of time & energy. Frankly, I don't have the time/energy to row w/ the contentious; I'm too busy trying to catch up on commenting. ; D

    Anyway. Although it will take me a lifetime to properly pronounce bisibelebath, I could just shut my mouth up right now by tasting it, no accent required. ; )

    Thanks for your MLLA recipe, Jaya!

  5. Its the same story :) too many social networking sites.. now g+ too! and leaving comments on each blog with different captcha styles etc.. time time and more time!

    Richa @


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