I have fond memories of having Bisi Bele Bath since my engineering days in Mysore and I have developed a great liking for this traditional dish. I have tried preparing this dish using different types of paddy rices like sona masoori, rajamudi, basmati, etc. Recently I started toying with the idea of preparing bisi bele bath using Millets and I should say that I am very happy that this thought occurred to me.
Proso millet, also known as the “Golden Millet”, is what I think, to be a perfect candidate to try out Bisi Bele Bath. The reason why I like Proso Millet Bisi Bele Bath is the beautiful texture it gives once cooked and excellent presentability when placed on the table!
In this recipe, proso millet can be substituted with other millets like Foxtail millet, Kodo millet or Little millet.
Proso Millet has the largest grain among the millet rices in addition to all the general millet characteristics (gluten-free, low glycemic index, high fibre, etc). It is golden in colour, so it’s also called the golden Millet. Proso millet is a part of the staple diet of many cultures.
Proso Millet is called as Variga (in Telugu), Baragu (in Kannada), Pani Varagu (in Tamil) or Chena (in Hindi)