Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Avarakkai Aviyal

This is another dish I learnt from my MIL. My mom would typically make a poriyal or a kootu with avarakkai (flat, broad beans). Though this is almost like a poriyal, there are some minor differences. I don't see avarakkai very often here but when I do, I'm sure to pick up a bunch & make this. It's important to choose those that are tender with very small / flat seeds in them. Similar to Egg Aviyal recipe, I'm not sure why this is called an aviyal but that's how my MIL refers to it. The following method can be used for drumstick (murugakkai) too.

AVARAKKAI AVIYAL


Ingredients:
Avarakkai - about 20-25 small ones, washed, strings removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coconut Oil - 1 tsp (or any other oil)
Mustard seeds - quarter tsp
Curry leaves - few

To Grind: (with a splash of water)
Coconut - 2 to 3 tbsp
Jeera - half tsp
Garlic - 2 small cloves or 1 big
Green Chillies - 5

Method:
1) Cook the avarakkai with salt, turmeric & quarter cup of water till tender. I typically cover it & cook on low-medium flame

2) When the veggie is cooked, add the ground coconut paste and cook on a higher flame until most of the water evaporates... just a little dampness will do. Remove from the stove.

3) In a separate pan, heat the coconut oil and season with mustard seeds & curry leaves - drizzle this on top.

33 comments:

  1. this is such a cool recipe with avarakkai .. looks delicious

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  2. Nice side dish. :) Can't say I've heard of this (or even egg avial).

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  3. Avarakkai Aviyal makes me want to try it out right away. You are right, there are not that many well known avrakkai dishes. Oh and the egg avial I am going to try it soon too.

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  4. We call it Avarekai too, I love them but it's hard to get them here. Avival is my fave and with broad beans, it must taste divine! :)

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  5. This sounds yummy, I usually just saute the avarakkai (chikudikaya) and add the coconut in the end, but adding it as a paste must have tasted really good.

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  6. Ground masala makes the dish more tasty ! Very different & delicous avarakkai dish!

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  7. Nice recipe Laavanya :-) I love broad beans.

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  8. The only time we ever had avarakkai was once year for pongal. It was always a simple poriyal with mustard seeds and not much else. (No wonder nobody ate it in my house!). I love the idea of avarakkai in an aviyal. I bet it was great with all that coconutty richness.

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  9. I like the veggie so much..Aviyal with it must be soo good..I wanna try this..:)

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  10. i have never heard of this..but sure looks tasty...will definately make this..one more way to make avarakai!

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  11. i love avarakkai, i love avial...but never had avarakkai avial before...looks really good!! a must try!

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  12. Again u have given a twist to avarakkai poriyal...This grinding procedure in ur recipes is so tempting lavanya...Yummy recipe!

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  13. Wow this sounds so cool, have never heard of aviyal with avarakkai...will surely try !

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  14. new recipe . i just cook avarakkai in low flame and finally add coconut to it.my daughter is a big fan of avarakkai.will give a try.

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  15. Laavanya, Is AVARAKKAI same as the Avarekai that we refer to in Kannada? But it looks so different in the picture here. We had it a lot when we were in Bangalore.

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  16. delicious curry with beans. looks mouth-watering.

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  17. ohh brad beans, i love it. but get diffictut for us

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  18. I love avarakkai.. but my mom has only made dry curry ... I think she puts it in sambar sometimes... but nice idea to use in aviyal... :)

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  19. something like beans kootu..looks delicious..i love it this way..

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  20. Avvarakkai Aviyal looks good. Its since I had Avials. My husband is not a fan of Avials. So I don't make it at home nowadays.

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  21. Delicious aviyal..never tried aviyal with avarakkai..i love avarakkai poriyals much, need to try this delicious aviyal soon..

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  22. making aviyal with all vegetables. but this is totally new to me..nornally making curry or poriyal..looks yummy..

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  23. Wow great going with hot rice, like the recipe added with ground coconut.

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  24. That looks yummy Laavanya...the ingredients are almost the same as that of aviyal...

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  25. Thats a wonderful idea! Looks delicious.. Thanks for the tip.

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  26. nice.. sounds yum. you don't add yogurt to avial?

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  28. Such an authentic one...I love aviyal.Always made this along with all the vegies,this one never ocurred to me.Good one Laavanya!

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  29. Have not tried this before with avarakai alone,sure should try some time!

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  30. Lavanya, I once got to know that we shouldnt cook green veggies with lid closed...Thanx.

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