Hitikida Avarekalu - Sihi mathu Khara (Curried Hyacinth Beans/Surti Papdi)

This is the last post of the year. Taste of Mysore wishes all it's readers a very happy and funfilled new year. Let's say bye to 2008 and welcome 2009, let this journey for a new year begin with a smile :)

An avarekaalu smiley for welcoming 2009 :

Avarekalu/Hyacinth beans/SurtiPapdi season is on! in Karnataka and it's raining Avarekaalu at home. From upma to sambar you can find it in all 3 meals. A crunchy snack also is made for tea it is totally avarekalumaya (avarekalu everywhere). Khara (curried) Hitikida Avarekalu (de-skinned beans) is very popular and every household has it's own way of making it. Here is my mother-in-law's way of making
Hitikida Avarekalu.

How to deskin:
Soak fresh (peeled) beans in water for 2-3 hours. Remove water from the beans and hold the bean between two fingers and de-skin it. The action is that of snapping your finger with a bean between your fingers.

Curried Deskinned Hyacinth Beans : (for 5-6 people)
You need the following :
Deskinned Beans : 200gms

To make curry paste/masala
Red Chillies : 10
Coriander seeds : 1.5 tbsp
Cumin : 2 tsp
Balck Pepper : 8
Fenugreek Seeds : 1/4 tsp
Mustard : 1/2 tsp
Garlic : 1/2 pod
Toasted Onions : 1/2
Grated Fresh Coconut : from 1/2 coconut (small coconut)
Tamarind : 1tbsp
Jaggery (optional)as per taste.

Other ingredients :
Oil : 2tsp
Onion : 1 chopped into 1" cubes
Curry leaves, turmeric powder

Method :
1.Cook deskinned beans in sufficiant water till it is soft. Beans should not be mushy.
2.Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once it stops crackling add curry leaves, turmeric and onions. 3.Sautee till onions are soft.
4.Grind all the ingredients listed under curry paste with little water to make a smooth paste.
5.Add cooked beans, masala paste and salt. Bring it to boil. You can add jaggery if you wish. Boil the curry for next 10 mins till the beans get cooked in masala paste. Check for the correctness of salt and switch off the stove.
6.This curry is best served with dosa, akki rotti, chapathi. We love it/devour it with dosa.

Sweet Deskinned Beans/Ellu Avarekalu
You need the following :

de-skinned Beans : 2 cups (1 cup =100ml water)
Jaggery: 1.5 cups
White sesame seeds : 2 tbsp
Cardamom pod : 1
Grated Coconut: 1 cup
Ghee : 3 tbsp
Cashews and Raisins
1.Cook deskinned beans in sufficiant water till it is soft and not mushy. Beans should still hold the shape
2.Fry sesame seeds till they are fragrant and let it cool. Powder it in a mixer grinder along with a pod of cardamom.
3.Heat jaggery with 3 tbsp of water. Let jagerry water boil for about 4 mins. At this stage the syrup is thick. 4.Add cooked beans, powdered sesame seeds, grated dry coconut and 1 tbsp ghee. Mix well and bring it to boil. Let it boil for a min. Do not over boil it as beans will harden. Remove from stove and set aside.
Serve hot/cold.


lubnakarim06 said...

Healthy and yummy recipe. Dosa looks soft and crisp. Happy New Year to you and your family dear.

Unknown said...

heard of this,but never tried this beans...but the picture and the recipe is tempting me to try it soon..
Happy new year to you and your family..

Cham said...

I tried for my husb who is fond of this avarekalu ... Looks so fresh the beans...
Happy New Year to u and ur family, LK !

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

oh, your avarekai looks soooo fresh!!!!!!!! we only get frozen ones here.. ashtu fresh iralla :(

Happy New Year!!!

Unknown said...

Fresh averekaayi, miss them a lot here.
A very happy new years to you and your family.

Indrani said...

Hi LG, wish u & ur family a happy, healthy & prosperous new year

Unknown said...

Happy new year to you and your family lakshmi wow fresh avarekalu curry looks so yum yum ri hegide mysuru chennagi enjoy maadtaydira?

notyet100 said...

this is some thing new,..looks delicious,..;-)

Kannada Cuisine said...

Ri Lakshmi, Hitikida Avarekal tinbeku anta 2 years ninda kaita iddini ri.. Yen madtira, season nalli naanu ooralilla.. How i wish i could get my hand on hitikida bele saaru!!

Kannada Cuisine said...

By the way, a very very happy new year

Namratha said...

Lakshmi, I'm really missing home now ....esp the of our fav dishes. When I had called home yday, both mom and granny were telling me they had made this...I sooo wished we got fresh avarekaalu here!!! I envy you.... :D

Dibs said...

Wish you a very happy new year Lakshmi. Lol ..its raining avarekalu at home too! This recipe is such a favourite and granny was always ever enthusiastic with 'hitikafying' kalus for this dish! I was just telling my mom we should blog this recipe, and such a coincidence to find it here :-))))) So sad so kalu in Sydney!!

Indian Khana said...

Hi LG, how r u? Wish you n family Happy New Year..missed u all so much ...averkalu looks so gud...should try some time...tkcare...see u soon..

Premyscakes said...

Wow dosa looks perfect. I love avarekalu, When ever v go india we luv to have this since it is not available here.Wishing u a very happy new year.

Rajani said...

I love the curry avarakkai- had it at a kannadiga pal's place first, her mom also used to make avarakkai kodbale ? the horseshoe shaped crunchies.looove those.

Priya Suresh said...

Happy 2009 LG...curried beans looks fresh n too tempting..

Priyanka said...

Happy New Year LG. We make a different version of the surati papdi in gujarat. Yours looks spiciliscious.

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