Monday, December 26, 2011

Avarekalu Usali

Hope everybody is enjoying the holiday season! Here is another dish made of avarekayi, the season's favourite, at least in Karnataka! :) Avarekalu Usali is quick to make, with boiled beans. I usually have this just as is - I don't need anything else to go with it!

Avarekalu Usli


Avarekalu (field beans) - 1 cup, cooked
1-2 tbsp fresh, shredded coconut
2 green chillies, chopped
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
salt and lime juice to taste

For the tadka:
Oil, mustard seeds, turmeric powder & curry leaves


Boil the beans in a pressure cooker with a little salt and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and do the tadka. Add chopped green chilies and saute for a few seconds.
Add the cooked avarekaalu and salt to taste, keeping in mind that the cooked beans are salted too. Toss around a few times so everything gets mixed well.
Add the coconut and lime juice. Finish with chopped cilantro.
Let it sit a while so the beans can soak all the flavors and then serve.


Anonymous said...

Love it Vani, missing avarekalu usli my all time favorite dis here is USA,

Thanks for posting it.

Priya said...

Wow,super delicious usili,wish to have some rite now..

Jaya said...

Thats a delicious recipe Vani..festive greetings to you and yours..hugs and smiles

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious looking side looks wonderful

Kadhyaa said...

Vani I can see entire Blore is busy peeling this veggie...and I am yet to put my hands on it...

I love this simple yet yummy usli..nice preparation

Arch said...

Oh yes avrekai is such a favourite in this season !! Here you get an equivalent in the lilva...Your eggplant dish looks gorgeous...Shiok had some amazing food, its a pity they shut down...

Priyanka said...

Looks tempting Vani.
I don't know which bean is called 'avrekai' is it the green ones those look like rajma.

Cham said...

Looks like Sundal (what we call in Tamil)-can be eaten like snack :)

Linda said...

Vani, wishing you and your family Happy New Year!

Those flat beans -- this is not something I would find fresh in the Indian grocery is it? Looks so good and just the thing to get me off the rich holiday munching :)

LifenSpice said...

Missing avarekalu here. I like to eat usli as a snack and love it!
Wish you a happy new year ahead Vani!

Vani said...

Shoba- I hear you. I'd use frozen tuvar lilva there. Not quite the same.

Priya, Torview - thanks :)

jaya - thanks and wishing you all a happy 2012 on advance!

Kadhyaa- you got it! Hope you got your hands on some by now :)

Arch - Too bad Shiok closed before I had a chance to taste their delicacies. Glad I got to try them at home thogh :) Happy 2012, Arch.

Priyanka - they are flatter then rajma. I'll find a link for the pics and send you.

Cham - yeah, avarekalu sundal :)

Linda - happy 2012! hope you had a great Christmas. No, these are not available in Indian stores. The closest to this are available in the freezer section, called tuvar lilva.

LifenSpice - thanks for the wishes! Hope you have a great 2012 too!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

looks delecious, i was searching for avarekalu recipes, going to try this :)

Nupur said...

How simple and delicious! Happy New Year to you and your family, Vani.

Vani said...

Thanks, Deepa. Do let m know if you tried.

Thanks, Nupur. Happy New Year to you too!