Berlotti Beans ~ Sambar

I was not aware of the name untill I googled for it, but I have cooked them umpteen times. This Italian origin beans blends well with Indian sambar powder and tastes excellent with hot rice.

Berlotti (Borlotto) Beans - how it looks -




with the their pink jackets :


                                                 Image Courtesy : Rod Collins


Ingredients :
Sambar Pudi - 2tbsp (use any sambar powder you have on hand)
Garlic - 1 clove (if they are big, you can use 3-4 if they are tiny)
Grated Fresh Coconut - 2 tbsp



Making sambar using fresh beans :

1. Cook beans with little salt in pressure cooker till they are soft. The beans should still hold their shape and must not be mushy.
2. Blend sambar powder, 1 pod of garlic and 2 tbsp of fresh coconut with little water to make a smooth paste.
3. Add the sambar powder paste, tamarind juice, salt and jaggery. Bring to boil. Check the taste and adjust flavors as needed.
4. Serve with hot rice :)

14 comments:

kitchen queen said...

never heard of this beans before.Do u get it in india? I am sure the sambar would be delicious.

LG said...

@Kitchen Queen,

Yes, we get them in India. My MIL has been making this sambar from past 20 years.

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

lovely...
VIRUNTHU UNNA VAANGA

Kannada Cuisine said...

Never heard of it before..is it the same as Hannu-Huralikayi?

LG said...

@Smitha,

Gottilla ri, namma atte idanna Pink Beans anta karitare. Not sure its local name in India. It is also known as Cranberry Beans.

notyet100 said...

Looks delicious,these beans are new for me,,,

sowmya's creative saga said...

have seen this beans..never knew could be used in sambar like the mochai/hyacinth beans..

Nagashree said...

We called them butter beans in India, I am not sure if anyone else uses that name. I love the rich taste, not tried sambar though. Looks delicious.

Prathibha said...

Nice sambar with those beans..never saw them and I think they are not butter beans as Nagashree said,butter beans are more flat n thin

Priya said...

Havent tasted this beans yet, super nutritious sambar.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Super...changidhe...

Shanthi said...

Nice recipe. Looks wonderful and delicious.

notyet100 said...

Came to ur space looking for rasam , the header looks so beautiful,..:)

rekhas kitchen said...

Hello Lakshmi Tumba dina aayitu hegidira? I made kurma with this beans and your sambar recipe sounds delicious will try..