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Sunday 25 May 2014

Avaraikkai Kara Kolambhu (Broad beans Spicy Curry) - How-to?

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Avaraikkai Kara Kolambhu
Prep time: 20 Minutes | Cook time: 20 Minutes | Total time: 40 Minutes
Serve: 3 (Servings) | Calories per serving: 96 | Fat per serving: 3 g
Recipe Category: Spicy Curry | Recipe Cuisine: Popular dish in South India (Tamil Nadu)

1. Main dish:
Oil: 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds: ¼ tbsp
Cumin Seeds: ¼ tbsp
Curry Leaves: 8
Onion: 1 Big size
Vadagam: 1 tbsp
Tomato: 2 Medium Size
Salt: To taste
Turmeric Powder: ¼ tbsp
Broad Beans (Avarakkai): 1 Cup
Water: 2 Cups
Chilli Powder: 1 tbsp
Coriander Powder (Dhania Powder): 1 ½ tbsp
Jeera Powder: ¼ tbsp
Tamarind Water: 1 Cup
2. Garnish:
Coriander Leaves: A Few
Avaraikkai Kara Kolambhu Broad Beans Spicy Curry Ingredients

1. Heat up the pan, add 2 tbsp oil and allow it to heat well. Add mustard seeds, after it splatters, add cumin seeds and curry leaves, and fry it for a minute. Add onion and fry it until translucent.
2. Add 1 tbsp Vadagam and fry it for a minute. Add tomato, ¼ tbsp Turmeric powder and ½ tbsp Salt and mix it well. Sauté until it get mushy.
3. Add 1 Cup of Avarakkai and fry it for a minute. Add two cups of water, 1 tbsp Red Chilli Powder, 1 ½ tbsp Coriander Powder, ½ tbsp Jeera powder and cook it well.
4. Add 1 Cup of Tamarind Water and cook until the oil comes up.

5. Finally switch off the stove and garnish with Coriander Leaves.
6. Serve it hot in a bowl. Garnish with coriander leaves.

How's it?

#1: Add Chilli Powder after adding water and not anytime before. Otherwise, the powder will turn black.
#2: I am using cumin seeds as it will help for digestion.
#3: I am using Curry Leaves Powder in this dish. You can use either Curry Leaves or Curry Leaves Powder.
#4: Adding Vadagam gives a great flavor especially in south Indian dishes
#5: This dish goes well with Plain Rice, or Idly, or Dosa, mainly south Indian dishes.

Avaraikkai Kara Kolambhu, is a popular dish in South India, particularly in Tamil Nadu. It goes well with Rice. Do try it out and you are welcome to post the pics here.

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  1. Di, what is vadagam??
    Nice recipe... :)

    1. Vadagam is a seasoning item which give special aroma in recipes like Spicy Gravy, Spinach Curry, and many other South Indian Recipes. I will post the recipe soon :)


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