5 Jan 2014

Avarakkai Masala / Broad Beans Masala

Today we made avarakkai in our home. This is a healthy vegetable which goes well as a side dish with rice. It is very easy  and different to make. We make a ground paste of  onion, tomato, pepper, garlic and ginger and add it as a masala. If you want, you can add more of this paste so get a more rich and deep flavour. We also make a simple avarakkai poriyal which tastes great with rasam rice.

Avarakkai Masala

Preparation time 5mins | Cooking time 15mins | Serves 3-4

  • Avarakkai (Broad Beans) - 1/4 kg
  • Onion - 1 medium
  • Tomato - 2 medium
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic - 12 pods
  • Pepper corns - 2 tbsps
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2  tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tamarind juice - 1 tbsp (optional)
To Temper
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Avarakkai Masala

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Avarakkai Masala

1. String the beans and cut them into small pieces.
2. Grind together onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, pepper corns. You can grind both tomatoes together. We ground one tomato separately.

3. Heat oil in kadai, add mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and curry leaves. When mustard and cumin seeds splutter add the ground paste and sauté. 

4. Add turmeric powder and coriander powder. I have not added red chilli powder since we have added pepper corns. Add salt.

5. Add the tamarind juice, mix well

6. Add the broad beans and sauté. Add about 1/4 cup of water and close the lid and allow it to cook. 
7. Keep sprinkling water in between and stirring to avoid the beans from getting burnt.

Avarakkai Masala

1. You can add the onions, tomatos, ginger and garlic as it is too without grinding them to a paste.

Until next time,
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  1. I love broad beans , this looks delicious.

  2. protein rich kootu. well presented with stepwise photos


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