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January 11, 2015

Averakalu Methi Pulao Recipe-Avarekalu Recipes-Sunday Lunch Recipe-2

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avarekalu pulao recipe

Its Avarekalu(Hyacinth beans/Flat beans/Indian liva beans in English,Surti papdi in Hindi,Chikudukaya/Anapakayalu in Telugu and avarekai/Mochakottai in Tamil) season in Bangalore.Here people buy them in Kgs and make  avarekalu pulao, avarekalu saaru/sambar,uppittu/upma,avarekalu sagu etc with it.You can find avarekalu recipes in all the houses,hotels and even in marriage feast in this season.I too learnt few yummy recipes with avarekalu from my School moms friends.Yesterday we moms had a small get together at Tara’s house to celebrate this new year and we all prepared a quick & yummy lunch menu.I made eggless chocolate cake.Megha made this avarekalu-methi pulao and Tara made Karnataka’s one of the most popular masoppu saaru recipe along with white rice,raita and gram flour bonda.It was a simple yet very filling,delicious and healthy lunch menu.I learnt this pulao from Megha and clicked the stepwise pictures too for my reference.Today i made it in my house for our lunch and for the sake of my Sunday special lunch recipe series too.So here u go,my second recipe in this series,Avarekalu Methi Pulao.Its a very yummy,flavourful one pot meal which can be made under 15 minutes.You can prepare this pulao easily for your lunch box during busy morning hours if u have avarekalu ready in hand.Very less chopping works and moreover this recipe would be apt for avarekalu sesaon.I used sona masoori raw rice instead of basmati rice as i felt this recipe tasted yummy with raw rice.Finally the choice of rice is yours ! Do try this easy n yummy avarekalu methi pulao recipe with simple onion raita as side dish for your Sunday lunch menu,enjoy and spend time with your familyHappy.
Check out my first post in this series : Dindigul Thalappakatti Biryani using Msuhroom & Soya chunks


Avarekalu-Methi Pulao Recipe

Avarekalu-Methi Pulao Recipe Avarekalu methi pulao recipe - Easy rice recipe to prepare in weekend & lunch box !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


  • Avarekalu/Flat beans/Mochakottai - 1/2 cup
  • Methi leaves/Fenugreek leaves - 1/4 cup
  • Good quality sona masoori raw rice - 1 cup ( soak for 15 minutes)
  • Cooking oil + Ghee - 2 tbsp + 1 tsp
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Water - 2 cups  ( my friend used 1.75 cups)
  • Salt - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 3-4 nos (medium)
  • Cinnamon - 2 inch stick
  • Cloves - 3 nos
  • Cardamom - 2 nos
  • Big onion - 1/2 no
  • Coriander leaves - 3 sprigs
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Ginger – A small finger size
  • Garlic cloves - 5 nos

  • Wash and chop methi leaves.Keep avarekalu ready.For avarekalu, u don’t need to remove the skin.Just wash n keep aside.Wash and Soak rice in water for 15 minutes.
  • Grind all the ingredients given under “to grind” to a smooth paste adding water.Set aside.
  • In a pressure cooker base,heat oil+ghee. Add the bay leaf,saute for a while.Now add the chopped onions and saute till transparent.Add methi leaves & avarekalu.
  • Mix well for a minute and add the ground masala paste.Saute till its raw smell goes off.Now add the soaked rice with the required water and salt.Cook in high flame for 5 whistles or 1 whistle in low flame.Remove and serve hot with raita !

    Enjoy !


  • For variations,u can use only methi leaves & make this pulao.
  • You can replace methi leaves with mint leaves along with avarekalu.But use mint leaves in very small quantity.
  • Adding more oil+ ghee makes this rice taste yummy.So use accordingly.
  • Use less coconut & onions for grinding else coconut make the rice look dry.
  • U should use more spices to get a nice aroma.So i used 3 cloves,2 cardamom & 1 big stick cinnamon.

Enjoy this yummy averakalu pulao recipe with simple onion raita & curd rice !


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  1. Hi.Chitra,Very neat & good presentation.It is a good thing to meet &exchange your views among moms of the class students.

  2. great! now i know what iam going to do with all these beans gifted by our neighbours. looks perfectly yummy. clicks are amazing as always :)

  3. Very nice and neat presentation.. the pulao looks healthy and delicious too...

  4. Hi Chitra, I tried this today.. It came out really tasty with all its welcoming aroma.. Thank u dear..

  5. Hi Chitra.. the pulav came out really tasty. Thanks for the perfect measurements.

  6. Hi
    Nice recipe :)
    I tried and kept for 5 whistles on high flame.
    But it burnt very badly :(
    I used 1 cup rice and 1.75 cups water since I did not want it to be very mushy.what do you think went wrong

    1. Hi,
      I think 5 whistles in high flame is more.As u have used less water, i feel 3 whistles would do.Generally i cook in very low flame upto 1 whistle. Pls try this way.Thanks

    2. Thank you so much for your time to reply,,,will try the next time

  7. Chitra Dear.. Prepared this for tonight's dinner.. Amazing taste and aroma.. It was too good :) Thank you for the recipe, lots of love.

    1. Thank you so much Mohana. I am very happy to know it :)


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