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January 11, 2015

Averakalu Methi Pulao Recipe - Avarekalu Bath - Avarekalu Recipes

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avarekalu pulao recipe

Today I have shared a simple Karnataka special avarekalu rice bath / avarekalu pulao with methi leaves (menthya soppu). 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 / rice bath, 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 had a small get together at Tara’s house to celebrate this new year and we all prepared a quick and yummy lunch menu. I made eggless chocolate cake. Megha made this avarekalu-methi pulao also known as avarekalu bath and Tara made Karnataka’s one of the most popular masoppu saaru recipe along with white rice, onion 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 you 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 easily in a pressure cooker if you have avarekalu ready in hand. 

For variations, you can skip methi leaves and make it with avarekalu alone. 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 and yummy avarekalu methi pulao recipe with simple onion raita as side dish for your Sunday lunch menu, enjoy and spend time with your family.

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 / avarekalu bath 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

1 cup= 250ml

  • 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  
  • 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, you don’t need to remove the skin. Just wash and 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 low flame for one whistle. Remove and serve hot with raita !

    Enjoy !


  • For variations, you 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 and 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 and 1 big stick cinnamon.
  • My friend used 1.75 cups of water for fluffy rice. 

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

Avarekalu bath recipe

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learn kolam said...

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

Chitra said...

Thanks Uncle :)

Divs said...

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 :)

Chitra said...

Thank u divs.Try it n share ur feedback here ☺

Torviewtoronto said...

looks flavourful deliciously done

nandoos kitchen said...

Nice flavorfull rice. Looks yummy

Sona said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Chitra said...

Happy to know it. Thanks a lot :)

Unknown said...

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

Chitra said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Chitra said...

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