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December 30, 2018

Avarekalu Usli Recipe – Avarekalu Sundal Recipe

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Avarekalu usli recipe
Avarekalu usli or avarekalu sundal is a Karnataka special avarekalu recipe ( Hyacinth beans / field beans in Engligh, Mochai In Tamil, Lilva papdi in Hindi) that is served as an evening snack along with tea. Some people prefer to have this as a side dish for akki roti / ubbu roti, rice and chapathi. My school moms friends told its preparation procedure is similar to avarekalu palya. Its a very simple and healthy recipe with less ingredients and no grinding job. Just temper the cooked avarekalu with mustard, chilli, onion, garlic and garnish with lots of coconut. 

Based on the inputs from my friends, I tried it for the first time by watching an YouTube video by Mallamma ajji. This recipe is of Gubbi, Tumkur style. I made slight changes in the original recipe and tried it. Actually I found two versions of avarekalu usli recipe. One is a simple way which I have shown below and the other one is with ground coconut masala. As I tried for my lunch to serve as sundal, I chose this easy version. 

If you have cooked averakalu ready in hand, you can prepare this usli under 5 minutes. You can also make it directly in a pressure cooker using raw field beans. You can make it semi solid or dry in consistency by adjusting the water quantity. Friends try this easy, Tumkur style avarekalu usili recipe. You will love it. Its so easy and quick to make. We enjoyed it as a snack. Ok, lets see how to make Karnataka special avarekalu usli / avarekalu sundal recipe with step by step pictures.

Do check out my interesting and easy avarekalu recipes like hitikida avarekalu saaru, avarekalu pulao, avarekalu sagu, avarekalu mixture, avarekalu huli, avarekalu soppu palya.

Avarekalu sundal

Avarekalu Usli / Avarekalu Sundal Recipe

Avarekalu Usili / Avarekalu Sundai Recipe

Avarekalu usli recipe for evening snacks. It can also be served as side dish for rice, chapathi and akki roti.

Cuisine: Karnataka
Category: avarekalu recipes
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup- 250ml
  • Avarekalu / Hyacinth beans / Lilva papdi - 1.5 cups
  • Big onion - 1 no (finely chopped)
  • Green chilli - 2
  • Crushed Garlic cloves - 6
  • Crushed Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
  • Roasted cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Roasted methi seeds powder - 1/4 tsp OR Cumin seeds - 1 tsp, Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Hing / Asafetida – 1/4 tsp
  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
  • Lemon juice - few drops
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  1. Wash and keep the avarekalu. Finely chop onion, slit green chilli and coriander leaves.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker base. Splutter mustard, curry leaves, green chilli, onion, crushed ginger and garlic.
  3. Saute till transparent. Add salt, hing and avarekalu. Saute for a minute.
  4. Add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles in low flame.
  5. Open the cooker and add grated coconut, coriander leaves. Mix well.
  6. Add water if needed. Give one boil.
  7. Dry roast cumin seeds and methi seeds. Powder it.
  8. Add the powder to the boiling avarekalu usili. Mix well and switch off the flame.
  9. Sprinkle lemon juice. You can make it semi solid in consistency or dry as you like.
  10. Serve as evening snack or along with ubbu roti / akki roti and rice.  
  • Wash and keep the avarekalu ready. You don’t need to peel the skin of avarekalu. You can use it as whole ones. ( I used cooked avarekalu. So I just tempered all the ingredients in a kadai and made this usili. If you are using raw, uncooked avarekalu follow the procedure given below. So the step by step pictures vary from the instructions). Chop onion, slit green chilli, grate coconut and chop coriander leaves. Keep it ready.

  • In a pressure cooker base heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves. Add slit green chilli and finely chopped onion. Saute till onion becomes transparent.

  • Avarekalu usli
  • Add crushed ginger and garlic cloves. Saute for a minute. Add avarekalu, hing and saute in oil for 2 minutes.

  • Lastly add required salt and 1 cup of water. Keep the flame high. After the steam starts to come out, put the weight valve and lower the flame. Pressure cook for 2 whistles in low flame.

  • Open the cooker lid after the steam is released. Add grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and check for water content. If the usili is too dry, add 1/2 cup of water else give one boil. Let it be semi solid in consistency because it will become thick and dry once it cools down.
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  • Dry roast methi seeds and cumin seeds in low flame till methi becomes golden in color. Grind to make a fine powder. Add this powder to the avarekalu usili, mix well and switch off the flame. I made it slightly dry to serve as sundal.

  • Enjoy with akki roti/ ubbu roti, rice or as a snack along with tea ! 


  • For variations, you can grind green chilli, ginger and garlic and make it as a paste. Add along with onion and saute it.
  • To make this as a gravy, grind green chilli, coconut, coriander leaves and cumin seeds. Make a paste and add to the avarekalu, pressure cook.  You can serve it with chapathi and akki roti.
  • Adjust the quantity of green chilli as per your taste.
Try this easy, interesting avarekalu usili recipe and enjoy a healthy snack.
Avarekalu usli recipe

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