Tuesday, November 22, 2022



One variety of beans that are commonly available in the winter months in Bengaluru where we live is Flat Beans, also known as Broad Beans. This is known as Chapparada Avarekayi in Kannada. In Gujarati they are called Surti Papdi  and are called Val Papdi in Maharashtra and Goa.

Flat beans are a good source of Vitamins for us apart from having numerous other health benefits. 

Today's recipe is for a delicious Kuzhambu (sambar) made with flat beans. I have adapted this from Avarakkai Kootan/Avarakkai Kuzhambu from the popular cooking site, Subbu's Kitchen. 

We tried this with hot steamed rice and appalams and it tasted just great! 


  • Avarakkai (Flat/Broad Beans), 250 grams
  • Tamarind, size of a lemon
  • Toor Dal ( Split Pigeon Peas), 1/2 cup
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/8 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Asafoetida, 1/8 tsp
For the Masala Paste :-
  • Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram), 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Seeds, 1 tbsp
  • Red Chillies, 4
  • Fenugreek Seeds, 1/4 tsp
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/4 cup
  • Oil, 2 tsp
For Seasoning:-
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a few
  • Oil, 2 tsp 


Wash and de-string the flat beans and finely chop them
Soak the tamarind in lukewarm water for about 10 minutes and extract the tamarind juice
Wash and pressure cook the toor dal in 1 cup of water , along with turmeric powder, for 4-5 whistles or till done 
When the cooker is cool enough to handle, remove the cooked dal, mash it well and keep aside
In a thick-bottomed pan, heat oil and add the chana dal, coriander seeds, red chillies, and fenugreek seeds and roast on medium flame till the dal changes colour
Allow this to cool and transfer to a mixer jar
To this add the coconut gratings and grind to a smooth paste adding the required amount of water
Keep the masala/paste aside
In the same pan,  heat oil and on medium heat add the mustard seeds
When they splutter add the curry leaves and saute for a few seconds 
Now add the chopped flat beans and turmeric powder and saute on high flame for about 2 minutes
Add 1 cup of water and cook till the flat beans get done
Add the tamarind extract, asafoetida and salt and mix well
Let it cook for about 10 minutes till the raw smell of the tamarind goes
Next add the mashed dal and the coconut-spices masala prepared earlier and mix well 
Add water as required to get a desired consistency - it should be thick  and not too watery
Bring this to a boil and allow it to simmer for a couple of minutes
Switch off the gas and transfer the Avarakkai Kuzhambu to a serving bowl
Serve with hot steamed rice and appalam


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