Avarekaal Usli

Avarekaalu / Broad bean is available in Karnataka during the winter season. This bean is soft, mushy and has a distinct aroma. My mom used to prepare a number of dishes using this bean. Avarekaal rotti and avarekaal usli have been my long time favourites. 

After coming to the US I looked for this bean in some stores but never really cared to check the frozen section. One day I happened to find it while picking up frozen coconut. Oh boy! I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to get home and make Avarekaal Usli. 



Avarekaalu / Broad beans / Val Lilva – 1 pkt frozen / fresh 

Onions – 1 large – finely chopped

Green Chilles – 5 to 6

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 1 to 2 cloves

Lemon juice – of 1 lemon

Asofoetida – a pinch

Salt – as per taste

For Tempering:

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Urad dal – ½ tsp

Curry leaves – few



In a pressure cooker, heat 2 tbsp of oil, add mustard seeds and urad dal. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the curry leaves, green chillies, garlic, ginger and onions.

Sauté till the onions are translucent.

At this point add the broad beans / avarekaal and sauté for few minutes.

Add Turmeric powder and salt.

Finally add the lime juice and cook for 2 whistles and garnish with coriander leaves.


 Serve hot with Roti/Chapathi.


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