HITIKIDA AVAREKALU CURRY|EASY FIELD BEANS CURRY – A spicy South Indian curry or side dish made out of field beans in a spicy coconut masala.
Avarekalu or hyacinth beans or surti papdi is found in plenty during the winter months of december and january in Bengaluru. I make upma, akki rotti, usli, curry etc from avarekalu often during winter. They are a source of flavour, health and energy and can be used in numerous ways. In this post I have used Hitikida avarekalu instead of the regular avarekalu or field beans. “Hitikida” means the outer skin of the beans is taken out so the beans is easily cooked. Field beans has a buttery taste and the curry recipe below goes well with chapathi, puri or idli.
HITIKIDA AVAREKALU CURRY|FIELD BEANS CURRY
PREP TIME:10 MINS; COOK TIME:10 MINS; SERVINGS: 3-4;
AUTHOR: LAKSHMI BANGALORE
- 2 Cups Hitikida Avarekalu/field beans
- 1 big onion
- 2 tomatoes
- 1/4 Cup Coconut gratings
- 1/4 inch ginger
- 2 pods garlic (optional)
- 2 green chillies
- 2 sprigs coriander
- 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp. gasa gase or khus khus or poppy seeds
- 1 clove
- 1 tsp. corinader powder
- 2 red chillies
- 1 tsp. mustard seeds
- pinch of hing or asafoetida
- 2-3 tsp. oil
- curry leaves
- pinch turmeric
- salt to taste
- Buy ready made hitikida avarekalu or field beans in the market. Or buy the whole avarekaayi, remove its seeds and soak it in water for 3 hours. After this remove the skin by pinching the seeds.
- Next, add 4 cups of water and boil the hitikida avarekalu till it cooks or for 12 minutes. Strain the beans and keep the water sepearately for further use.
- Meanwhile, cut the onion, tomatoes, chillies, coriander springs, ginger, garlic and coconut and put it in a grinder.
- In a small pan put a dot of oil and mildly roast cinnamon stick, clove, poppy seeds.
- Add the above dry roasted ingredients to the grinder and grind coarsely.
- Heat a pan and add oil for seasoning. Next add mustard seeds and wait for it to splutter.
- Next add hing, pinch of turmeric, curry leaves and then add the strained hitikida avarekalu followed by the ground mixture.
- Add the strained hitikida avarekalu water broth to get the desired curry consistency and salt. Mix well.
- Let this curry boil in medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Adjust the salt consistency by tasting the preparation. Turn off heat once you are satisfied with the flavours.
- Finally, serve this Hitikida Averekalu curry hot with roti or rice.