461: Bisi Bele Bath Masala Powder

Indian food is very tasty and delicious.  The secret is always in the spices.  The great thing is that if you make a batch of a masala like this, you can just keep it on hand and make incredibly tasty dishes very easily. There are several pre-made powder sold in stores but nothing matches freshly homemade powder.


Chana dal / Slit Bengal gram                    3 Tbsp.
Urdh Dal/ Split Black Gram                       2 Tbsp.
Coriander Seeds / Dhania                         4 Tbsp.
Fenugreek Seeds                                     1 Tsp.
Cumin Seed                                            1 Tsp.
Mustard Seeds                                        1 Tsp.
Poppy Seed / Khus Khus                          1 Tsp.
Fennel Seed                                            1   Tsp.
Cardamom/ elaichi -                                1 no.
Cinnamon / dalchini -                               1 inch 2 piece
Cloves / lavang -                                     3 to 4
Marathi moggu / kapok buds -                  5 to 6
Mace / javitri -                                         little
Dried Red Chilli Byadgi                    -        15 no.
Dried Red Chilli guntur (spicy variety)        10 no.
Oil - to fry spices                                     2 Tsp.


  • Heat a heavy bottom pan; add 2 tsp of refined oil.
  • Add black gram, Bengal gram, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, kapok buds and mace and stir fry for 5 minutes in medium flame.
  • Add Guntur and Byadagi Chilies and stir fry for 8 minutes in low flame.
  • Switch off the flame and transfer the dry roasted ingredients to the plate and mix it well and allow them to cool.
  • Transfer it to a mixer jar and grind them together to fine powder. Now Bisi Bele bath powder is ready. Store it in air tight container.


  • Ensure no spices are burnt; in that case the taste will be bitter.
  • Usually bisi bele bath is spicy. But if you can’t take much spice reduce the chilies.

Bisi Bela Bath Powder