Sunday, December 21, 2014

Avararekal Sambhar/Flat beans curry

This is a south Indian delicacy and my absolute favorite. It is roaring time of ‘avare’ here in the city. Avare is an Indian flat bean, this plant is native of India and is green. Well, it grows in purple in some other part of the globe, turns out to be 'lab lab purpureas', the scientific name of this beans, please ask Google for more information.

My mom cooks variety of dishes using this beans and I love it. One of the recipes is presented below, this can cooked with meat, egg, vegetables or by itself, they are available in the form of whole beans, de skinned and lentils. Luxury spices and coconut are indulged in making of this simple, delicious curry.


  • 150gm Flat Beans/avarekaalu
  • 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • ½ cup coconut paste/milk
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch Methi/Fenugreek leaves


Step 1: Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add onions and saute till translucent. Add tomato, beans and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 2: Add fenugreek leaves, chili powder and coriander powder and sauté for two minutes in low heat.

Step 3: Add 3 cups water, salt and cover the lid. Pressure cook for 1 whistle in medium heat and turn off. Once the pressure is released continue to boil to get desired consistency, If it is too thick add little water and boil for 4 to 4 minutes.

Serve hot with rice/Ragi mudde


  1. OMG !! my fav too !! avrekaalu huli !! love your version too :)

    1. Hi dear! Thanks a lot..this tops my favorite list of vegetarian food;) that too chilkavre is so yummm