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November 24, 2011

Avarekaalu Saaru | Flatbeans Sambhar | Anapakaya Pulusu

Winter Season and Avarekaayi - a yummy combination. For those from Karnataka, this beans needs no introduction : its available in plenty throughout the winter months. and is very much sought after through the year.. Upma, Akki Rotti, Saaru, Kootu, Nippattu, Hithakidha Avare - all made of Avarekaayi - these dishes are a Kannada cuisine connoisuer's delight. It is called Mochai in Tamil, papdi liva in Hindi, anapakaya in Telugu (esp in the Rayalaseema region). Also going by the name of hyacinth bean, I do wish I have more access to this bean this season as Winter is almost upon us, and this Avarekaayi Saaru is one of my heirloom recipes and mom is expert in making this. This can be had either with hot steamed rice or with Ragi Sankati (Mudde in Kannada). But whatever you do, don't forget to add ghee - it takes the taste of this simply fabulous sambhar to greater heights.. Am sending this to BM Day 2 - Winter Foods, Winter Carnival by Radhika, MLLA # 40 & Sreevalli's No onion No garlic event and Kavi's HCC Lunch event.  This sambhar can be made with or wthout onions-garlic too, which I have done so. Check out my fellow marathoners here

Prep time : 20 mins. Cooking time : 10 mins. Serves : 2

  • Fresh & prepared Avarekaayi (deseeded from the pod) - 2 cups 
  • Salt - to taste
  • Turmeric - a dash

Masala to grind:

  • Coriander seeds - 2 TBSP
  • Red chillies - 2 or 3 (use Kashmiri Variety)
  • Jeera / Cumin - 1/2 TBSP
  • Fresh grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Methi / fenugreek seeds - a dash
  • Green coriander - few sprigs
  • Raw rice - 1 tsp
  • Channa dal - 1/2 TBSP


  • Ghee - 1 TBSP
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few 
  • Asafoetida - a generous pinch
pic source : The Hindu
1) Bring 4 cups of water to a rolling boil in a deep vessel. Add the deseeded flatbeans and a dash of salt and cook covered for 20 mins (or till almost done). Alternatively you can pressure cook with 1 cup of water and a dash of turmeric for 2 whistles and 1 whistle on low sim. Retain the boiled water.
2) Fry the coriander seeds, jeera, channa dal, raw rice. red chillies  one after another in 1 tsp of oil. Cool, grind with coconut to a thick paste. Mom's tip : for extra flavour, add 2 tbsp of boiled avarekayi for extra flavour.
3) In a pan, heat the water in which the beans were boiled. Add the ground masala, salt and more water for required consistency. Bring to a boil for 5 - 8 mins. 
4) Prepare tempering and add to the sambhar. Serve hot with rice or ragi mudde for a complete Kannada experience.


  1. Very healthy and yummy sambar..

  2. Looks spicy and delicious.

  3. love this..waiting for them to arrive here...

  4. Love to have it with hot rice and ghee drizzled over it.

  5. YUm yum,serve me with rice and papads,i never say no to this comforting sambar..

  6. yummy avarakai sambhar, love to have it. inviting picture.

  7. kalyani looks so great and yummy..

  8. interesting recipe....looks delicous

  9. i think you are talking about the surti papadi, lovely dish

  10. Delicious..You have made it perfectly


  11. Kalyani...never knew we could add beans to this vaal dana..looks like that...I would'nt know the S Indian name......and the ghee in it is truly inviting!!

  12. That looks like a filling kuzhambhu/rice option! I have a weakness for that beans!

  13. @Vaishali, @ Pradnya - yes, thats Vaal also known as Paavta in Marathi.

  14. Looks delicious. Pity I don't get it here...

  15. That's a nice one..I know come dec and we will be serving all meals with these winter lentils..:)

  16. Delicious and inviting sambar...

  17. I like the name hyacinth bean! And I like what I see in the photos. Thank you so much for your contribution to MLLA.


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