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Avarekalu Saaru Recipe | How to make Hitikida Avarekaalu Sambar (Huli) [Video]

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Avarekalu Saaru or Avarekaalu Huli is a winter special curry made in Bangalore, with seasonal hyacinth beans by double peeling them and cooking them in a coconut and spice based masala. This Avarekalu Sambar is vegan.

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Avarekalu, is a delicious bean that is very local to the region around Bangalore-Mysore. It is very similar in profile with edamame beans, just much smaller in size. They flood the markets in Bangalore around this time of the year aka winter. They are either sold whole, with the beans still in their pods or sometimes, loose beans removed from the pods. There is even an entire fest dedicated to these beans at the Food Street near V.V. Puram in Bangalore. The entire food street gets obsessed with these avarekalu and you will see them being used so creatively in so many recipes. There are dosa, thalipettu, curries, sweets, and what not. If you are in Bangalore, this is one traditional fest you should not miss. 

I first ate avarekalu when I moved to Bangalore. The first time I ate in this avatar of Hitikida Avarekalu Saaru was when my friend got it for lunch at work. It was her grandma's specialty and it was super delicious. I managed to get the recipe from her and after several confusions about the quantities of the ingredients, I finally got it right to suit my palate. Since then, come winter, I make this curry multiple times.

When I first posted this recipe back in 2014, I never imagined it would be my most popular recipe on the blog. Come winter and the popularity of this Avarekaalu Saaru recipe starts rising. After 5 years, I decided it was time I reposted this recipe along with a video that gives you step by step instructions on how to make this Hitikida Avarekaalu Saaru.

avarekalu huli sambar

avarekalu huli sambar
(Clockwise from top left) Whole avarekai, Shelled avarekalu, peeled avarekalu, peeled and unpeeled avarekalu

Hitikida Avarekaalu Saaru is a South Indian vegan curry made from double peeled avarekaalu or hyacinth beans. You can make this curry with any fresh beans you have available - edamame, fava, double beans, toovar or even avarebele (lentils of hyacinth beans). Hitikida refers to the process of squeezing out the beans from their cover. The beans are double peeled to make the curry, first the beans are removed from the pods and next from their really thin cover. If you are bored to do the second step, you can cook it with the cover on, only they will take a tad longer to cook. While soaking the beans in water before squeezing them out is the traditional way to peel them, I found that freezing them overnight in a bag works wonders. It is much easier to squeeze them out when frozen and thawed. 

The curry is actually a sambar or huli which is made with freshly ground sambar masala. The masala is simple and contains coconut, aromatics, whole spices and ground spices. The curry can be enjoyed as a side with akki rotti or chapati when it is thicker in consistency and with rice when it is thinner in consistency. 

Enjoy!



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Avarekalu Saaru | Hitikida Avarekaalu Sambar



avarekalu huli sambarAvarekalu Saaru or Avarekaalu Huli is a winter special curry made in Bangalore, with seasonal hyacinth beans by double peeling them and cooking them in a coconut and spice based masala. This Avarekalu Sambar is vegan.

Recipe Type:  Curry
Cuisine:          South Indian 
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     40 minutes
Yield:              2-4 Servings

Ingredients:


2 cups Avarekalu or Hyacinth Beans
0.75 cups grated Coconut
1 Tbsp Poppy seeds
1 small Onion
1 Tbsp chopped Garlic
A pinch Asafoetida
1 - 2 tsp Red chilli powder
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1.5 Tbsp Coriander seeds
1/2" piece Cinnamon
1-2 Cloves/
1 tsp Tamarind
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
8-10 Curry leaves
2 tsp Oil
Salt
Water

Method:


1. To double peel the avarekalu or hyacinth beans, remove the beans from their pods.
2. Soak the beans in water for 30-45 minutes or freeze them ovenight in a ziploc bag or a box.
3. Pat the beans dry on a kitchen towel.
4. Gently squeeze out the bean from its peel.
5. Boil the beans in mildly salted water until soft.
6. While the beans cook, make the sambar masala by grinding together coconut, onion, garlic, poppy seeds, coriander seeds, asafoetida or hing, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and tamarind along with a little water.
7. Once the beans are cooked, add the sambar masala along with 1-2 cups of water and allow it to reach a boil.
8. If you are planning to eat it with rice, add more water, and if with chapati or rotti, add less water.
9. Add salt as required. Remember the water was salted while cooking the beans.
10. Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds.
11. Once they splutter, add the curry leaves.
12. Pour this tempering into the curry and remove from heat.
13. Serve hot with rice, rotti or chapati.









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Undhiyu | Gujarati Undhiyo | Gujarati Mix Vegetable Curry

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Try this hearty warming bowl of Undhiyu (Undhiyo) or Gujarati mix vegetable curry made with the best of winter produce before the season ends!

How to make gujarati undhiyo recipe at One Teaspoon Of Life. How to make vegan mix vegetable curry recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Food is how I celebrate and this mix vegetable Gujarati Undhiyu is just that. A celebration in your mouth. Full of seasonal winter vegetables and spices. A warming bowl of curry. I made this last week. Somehow it took me a week to get this published. I cooked some other amazing dishes like this Vegan Zucchini Kale Lasagna that I was really excited to post about, and somehow this celebratory bowl just took the backseat. Not that this is any less amazing, but I was super excited to have tried my hand at making vegan cheese that I had to bring it out to the world just as quickly as I could. 

Back to my all-time favorite Gujarati curry - Undhiyu. While one thinks of India as a predominantly vegetarian eating country, it happens we are all wrong. Apparently a lot of India actually caters to the non vegetarians, but there is one state that never lets down vegetarians - Gujarat. The western most state of India is full of flavorful vegetarian food. From Dhokla to Handvo and similar scary sounding dishes that actually explode with flavor in your mouth to this super delicious Undhiyu. Undhiyu in it's humblest form is actually just a simple mix vegetable curry that is made using seasonal winter vegetables and a masala paste made using coconut, fresh coriander leaves and a few spices.

I had forgotten how much I liked Undhiyu until recently my sis's sis in law got us some. I couldn't get enough of it. I could have eaten the entire pot full of curry, but hey, I'm not that rude, I had to leave some for the rest. I HAD to make some of my own that I need not share with anyone, except of course Raj. I can rarely sneak food without him knowing, after all, he does the dishes. I love that man.

How to make gujarati undhiyo recipe at One Teaspoon Of Life. How to make vegan mix vegetable curry recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Traditionally, Undhiyu uses the following vegetables:
  • Potato
  • Sweet Potato
  • Baby brinjal or eggplant
  • Purple yam
  • Raw banana or plantain
  • Fresh Toovar or Pigeon Peas (Togarikalu)
  • Fresh Surti Papdi or Hyacinth Beans (Avarekai / Avarekalu)

A lot of this can be substituted if it is not the season or not available in your area. I could get most of it, except the purple yam. I'm yet to find it in Bangalore. I used Arbi. You can replace it with any variety of yam. The fresh toovar or pigeon peas can be replaced with fresh green beans. The surti papdi can be replaced with green beans and the surti beans can be replaced with Edamame. Don't worry about having the exact ingredients, just use what is available.

Apart from the vegetables, steamed balls made of gram flour or besan, spices and methi leaves (fenugreek leaves) called Muthia are also added for more flavor and texture. Methi leaves add a nice salty fragrance to the dish. But if you cannot find methi, feel free to replace with dill leaves, coriander or any fragrant greens. You can also buy ready made muthia in some places, like Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

How to make gujarati undhiyo recipe at One Teaspoon Of Life. How to make vegan mix vegetable curry recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Undhiyu gets all its flavor from the green masala. The green masala is made by blending together fresh coriander leaves, fresh coconut, ginger, garlic, green chillies, sesame seeds, coriander powder, cumin powder, sugar, salt and lime juice. This masala in then stuffed into brinjal, raw banana and into baby potatoes if you use them. Then just heat oil in a pressure cooker and layer the vegetables and leftover masala and cook for 1-2 whistles until done. A pressure cooker drastically cuts down the cooking time making it a very quick cooking dish. However, if you don't own a pressure cooker, just use a covered flat bottomed saucepan or pot, preferably deep.

Undhiyu is generally eaten with either roti or puri.

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Undhiyu | Gujarati Undhiyo | Gujarati Mix Vegetable Curry


How to make gujarati undhiyo recipe at One Teaspoon Of Life. How to make vegan mix vegetable curry recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comGujarati Undhiyu or Undhiyo is a vegan mix vegetable curry made with seasonal winter vegetables, methi muthia and a coriander based masala.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Gujarati, Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Serves 4-5


Ingredients:


The Vegetables:


5-6 Baby Potatoes
3-4 small Brinjals
3-4 Arbi or 1 Purple Yam
1 raw Banana
1 small Sweet Potato
1/4 cup fresh Toovar or Pigeon Peas or Green Peas
1/4 cup fresh Surti beans or Hyacinth Beans or Edamame
8-10 fresh Surti Papdi or Green Beans

For the green masala:


1 cup chopped Coriander
1/2 cup grated Coconut
1 large Onion
3-4 Garlic cloves
1/2" Ginger piece
1-2 Green Chilli
2-3 tsp Coriander Powder
1-2 tsp Cumin Powder
2 tsp Sesame Seeds
1 tsp Sugar
Juice of 1/2 lime
Salt to taste

For the methi muthia:


1/2 cup Gram Flour or Besan
1/2 cup chopped Methi
1 green Chilli
1/2 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp Lime Juice
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
3 tsp Oil
3-4 Tbsp Water
Salt to taste

For the tempering (tadka):


4-5 Tbsp Oil
1/2 tsp Carom seeds or Ajwain
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds or Jeera
1/4 tsp Asafoetida or Hing
3/4 cup Water

Method:


To make the methi muthia:


Mix together the gram flour, chopped methi leaves, ginger paste, crushed green chilli, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, sugar, lime juice, salt, 1 tsp oil and the water until combined.
Shape into marble sized balls.
Heat a steamer and place the muthia in it.
Steam for 7-8 minutes until cooked.
Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan.
Add the steamed muthia and saute until slightly browned.

To make the green masala:


Grind together all the ingredients for the green masala. If the mixture is too dry and difficult to grind, add only 1 tsp of water to help grinding. Adding too much water will make the consistency of the masala too loose.

To make the Undhiyu:


Peel the raw banana and cut into large chunks. Make a slit on the chunks for the stuffing.
Peel and halve the arbi.
Chop the sweet potato into chunks.
Make a criss cross lengthwise slit on the brinjal and the baby potato.
Chop the surti papdi or the beans into 1" pieces.
Stuff the brinjals, potatoes and raw banana with the masala.
Heat 4-5 Tbsp oil in the pressure cooker.
Add 1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain) and cumin seeds.
Once they brown slightly, add the asafoetida (hing).
Add the surti papdi, surti beans and the fresh toovar.
Add half the leftover masala and mix well.
Now add the arbi and sweet potato.
Sprinkle over the rest of the green masala. Sprinkle over 2-3 pinches of salt.
Now layer the stuffed vegetables on the top along with the stir fried muthia.
Sprinkle a pinch of salt.
Add 3/4 cup of water from the side. Cover and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles or 8-10 minutes.
After the pressure settles, open the pressure cooker and gently mix the curry without breaking the stuffed vegetables.
Serve hot with roti or puris.


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Avarekalu Uppit | How to make Hyacinth Beans Upma

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Avarekalu Uppit or Upma is a basic South Indian breakfast made by cooking toasted semolina in a vegetable broth containing boiled Avarekalu or Hyacinth beans.

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I had a nice chat with one of my friend's in the bus yesterday. We were chatting away about food, we are both obsessed foodies and were super hungry by the time we reached halfway, thanks to our little chitter chatter. During our extremely animated food talk, we realized some universal truths:

  •  "What to cook?" is a more exhausting question than actually cooking that "What" on a daily basis
  •  Every Indian mother thinks their children should stop cooking "Special" dishes and learn to make the basic mundane daily food.
Do you agree with me? Or have some more universal truths? Leave me a comment and we can discuss it in length.

avarekalu avarekaalu uppit upma hyacinth beans semolina rava suji sooji

"What to cook next week?" is a regular question I ask myself and the people around me every weekend so I can stock up on the raw material. And pretty much every woman I ask, asks me back the same question. Sigh

And the second point takes me back almost 15 years in time when I was still living with my parents and had recently discovered I love to cook. I'd flip through the magazines at the library and find some new recipe and rush home to try it. And my mom had just the same response my friend's mom had - Learn to cook basic everyday food and then learn the "Specials". 

The wisdom in those words dawned on me much later in life when I moved to Bangalore for a job and had to eat out everyday. I craved for simple home cooked meals like my mom made. So now I balance my simple meals with my special meals. And sometimes, I mix the two.

avarekalu avarekaalu uppit upma hyacinth beans semolina rava suji sooji

This Avarekalu Uppit is my version of special and simple, all combined together. Avarekalu or Hyacinth beans are extremely seasonal and make their appearance for a short time in the winter. Imagine my surprise when I found street vendors selling it at this time of the year. I had to pick them up. Addition of avarekalu made my simple uppit, special for me. 

Avarekalu is a local name for Hyacinth beans. They have a very subtle delicate flavor. In winter, there is a fest dedicated just for Avarekalu in Bangalore where the creativity of the chefs is displayed as they make anything and everything using avarekalu. Ah! Simple special moments in life!!!

Uppit or Upma is a dish usually had for breakfast in South India. It is made my cooking toasted semolina or rava in a vegetable broth. You can make uppit with just onions and tomatoes or load it up with veggies like carrots, peas, green beans, cabbage, capsicum or like in this recipe - Avarekalu. To make a simple Avarekalu Uppit, you can skip all the other vegetables except the avarekalu, onion and the tomato.

avarekalu avarekaalu uppit upma hyacinth beans semolina rava suji sooji

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Avarekalu Uppit or Hyacinth Beans Upma


avarekalu avarekaalu uppit upma hyacinth beans semolina rava suji soojiAvarekalu Uppit or Upma is a basic South Indian breakfast made by cooking toasted semolina in a vegetable broth containing boiled Avarekalu or Hyacinth beans.

Recipe Type:  Breakfast
Cuisine:            South Indian
Prep Time:     20 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2

Ingredients:


1 cup Semolina or Rava or Sooji
1/2 cup Avarekalu
1 small Carrot
6-8 Green Beans
1 small Potato
1 Onion
1 small Tomato
1 sprig Curry leaves
1-2 Green Chilli
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
2.5 cups Water
4-5 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
1 tsp Lemon juice
2 Tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves for garnish
1 Tbsp grated fresh Coconut for garnish

Method:


In a kadhai or pan, toast the rava for 4-5 minutes on low heat until fragrant.
Chop the onion, beans, carrot, potato, tomato and the chillies.
Heat oil in a kadhai and add the mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add the curry leaves.
Immediately add the onions and green chillies and fry until the onions are translucent.
Add the other vegetables along with the avarekalu to the kadhai and stir for 1-2 minutes.
Add the water and cover and cook until the avarekalu and the beans are cooked.
Add salt.
Add the rava while stirring continuously to avoid forming lumps.
Cover and cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes.
Turn off the heat and allow the uppit to rest for another 5 minutes.
Now add the lemon juice and garnish with coriander and coconut and mix well.
Serve hot.


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