Hithukubele (Surthi beans dal)

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How long it takes: 45 minutes (Excluding double pealing)

Number of servings: 2-3 Hithukubele

Avrekalu/Surthi beans  is likely the most abundantly available among the fresh beans in Bangalore, and popular too.  I have memories of having avrekalu dishes prepared at the homes of my friends, not so much at my home. I have already put up avrekayi chithranna, surthi beans saru (avrekalu hasi khara), surthi beans roti, avrekayi melogra gravy, avrekalu mixture, and today, I’d like to share the recipe for a dal with squeezed out avrebele – hithukubele. Here it is:

What you need to have:

1. Hithukubele / Peeled avrekalu or surthi beans- 1 Cup

2. Turmeric powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

3. Asafoetida powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

Fresh Surthi Beans (Avrekalyi)

Peeled Avrekayi/Surthi Beans

Double peeled Surthi beans /Hithukubele

Ingredients of Seasoning & Garnishing

1. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

2. Green chilly – 2

3. Curry leaves – 2-3 Sprigs

4. Coriander leaves – A handful

5. Salt – To taste

Ingredients of the dish

What you do with what you have:

1. Peel out the main skin of Avrekayi (Image-1) and the beans is as shown in Image-2. Soak that beans in water over night and peel it again and is called by the name Hithukubele which is as shown in Image-3.

2. Cook hithukubele in a broad bowl adding sufficient water, turmeric powder, asafoetida powder and cook till smooth.

Surthi beans being cooked

3. When cooked smooth, just smash a part of the cooked lentils with the help of a spatula to gain consistency to the dish. Add required quantity of salt to the dish and bring it to boil.

Cooked Hithukubele/Surthi Beans

4. Place a spatula with 2-3 Teaspoons of cooking oil on low flame.When hot, add mustard seeds to it. When it splutters, add chopped green chilly to it and later add a little asafoetida powder and finally curry leaves. Add this seasoning to the dish and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy hot with rice.  Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Seasoning in progress


How long it takes: 45 minutes (Excluding double pealing)

Number of servings: 2-3 Hithukubele

3 thoughts on “Hithukubele (Surthi beans dal)

    Priya said:
    January 23, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Mouthwatering here, wat a terrific and super tempting dal.

    Shilpa said:
    July 19, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I made this recipe today n it turned out very tasty. Easy to make except for double peeling.

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Hi Shilpa,

      It is a very popular recipe among the kannadigas of Bangalore and Mysore. As you said it is very tasty onle if double pealed but a little cumbersome.

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