Avrekayi Chithranna (Surthi Beans Bhath)

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I have already put up a few of the items of this fresh Beans. Today I would like to put up yet another item to the one pot meals/rice items on this blog. Avrekayi Chitranna is very popular among the Kannada people of Bangalore/Mysore/Hassan area. This recipe can be prepared like the simple Lemon rice but will taste better and unique with Vangi bhath masala powder. Here it is:

What you need to have:

1. Basumati Rice – 1 cup

2. Surthi Beans (pealed twice) – 1 cup

3. Chopped Capsicum – 1/2 cup

4. Chopped Potatoes – 1/2 cup

5. Cooking oil – 4-5 Teaspoons

7. Salt – To taste

Basumati rice

Chopped Veggies and Pealed Surthi Beans

Cooked Basumati Rice

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash, drain water from Basumati rice and keep it aside for about 15 minutes so that it dries a little as shown in image-1.

2. Cook it in the cooker as usual adding required quantity of water so that the grains on cooking should be as shown in the image 3.

3. Wash and chop Capsicum into bite size pieces. Wash, peal and cut Potatoes lengthwise and peal Surthi Beans twice and keep it aside as shown in image 2.

4. Cook both chopped potatoes, doubly pealed Surthi Beans in the cooker in two seperate containers adding little salt but very little water so that it is not over cooked as shown in the image below.

Cooked Surthi Beans and Potatoes

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

2. Blackgram Dal – 1 Teaspoon

3. Turmeric powder – 1 Teaspoon

4. Curry leaves – 2-3 Strands

5. Cashews – A handful

6. Dry Copra (grated )- 2 Teaspoons

7. Vangi Bhath powder – 3 Teaspoons (commercially available or refer to my powder recipe)

Ingredients of Seasoning

Ingredients of vangi bhath powder dry roasted

5. Place a skillet with 4-5 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. When heated add mustard seeds to it. When it sputers add blackgram dal to it.

Seasoning in progress

6. When both are fried add cashews to it. When fried add curry leaves, and chopped capsicum from step 3 to it and let it cook for a while on low flame adding a little salt to it.

Chopped Capsicum being fried in seasoning

7.  When capsicum is fried,  add cooked Surthi Beans, potatoes from step 4 to it and stir well with a wooden spatula so that it is not crushed. Mix vangi bhath powder with grated copra with your hands.  Add the powder along with the cooked rice and stir well. Ready to serve Surthi Beans chithranna is as shown in the image below.

Ready to serve Surthi Beans Chithranna

And serve with sweet curds !

Avrekai Chithranna with sweet curds

How long it takes: – 45 minutes

Number of servings: 4-5

6 thoughts on “Avrekayi Chithranna (Surthi Beans Bhath)

    Madhuri said:
    March 20, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Avarekal chitranna looks delicious and perfect.

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      Hi Madhri,

      It is a unique but a tasty dish as you say!!!!!

    Sreelakshmi said:
    May 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm


    Tried this dish today and it turned out great. Thanks for posting it 🙂

    – Sreelakshmi

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      Hi Sreelakshmi,

      Thanx for your feed back which is always welcome.

    Dinkar said:
    September 5, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Hi Pratibha:

    We tried it out today and just one word for the dish: Outstanding!

    Thank you

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Dinkar,

      Thanx a lot for ur feed back which is so useful and encouraging to me.

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