Bisi-bele-bhaath translates to hot lentil rice in the Kannada language. The traditional preparation of this dish is quite elaborate and involves the use of spicy masala, toor dal (a type of lentil) and vegetables. Spices like nutmeg and asafoetida, curry leaves and tamarind pulp used in its preparation contribute to the unique flavour and taste of this dish. It is served hot and sometimes eaten along with chatni, boondi, salad, papad, or potato chips. This dish is commonly found in restaurants that serve the Udupi cuisine.The masala used for the dish is available off the shelf.