Avrekalu pulav/pilaf

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   Ready to serve Avrekalu pulav with tomato-onion salad

Serves:4-5

Time taken : 1 hour

Avrekalu/Hyacinth bean is a seasonal beans available only during 3-4 months of a year.  A variety of dishes can be prepared and i have already put up a few of them namely Avrekalu huli, hasi khara, hichikida bele, mixture Avrekalu khara idli, roti etc and today i would like to put up a one pot meal to add to the long list on this blog.  Avrekalu pulav has a distinct flavour due to the double pealing of this bean.  Here is my version of the dish….

What you need to have:

1  Basumati rice – 1 cup

2. Avrekalu (double pealed) – 1 and 1/2 cup

                                                                              Fresh Avrekayi (beans)                                                                                 Double pealed Avrekalu

Ingredients of seasoning:

1  Cashews – a few

2  Chopped onions -1 cup

3. Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

4. Bay leaf – 1

5. Cinnamon stick – 1″

6. Cloves – 2

7. Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoons

8. Cardamom – 2-3

9. Ghee/cooking oil -1 tablespoon

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    Ingredients of seasoning

Ingredients of wet grinding:

1  Grated fresh coconut – 1/2 cup

2. Green chili – 2

3. Ginger – 1″ piece

4. Garlic pods -2-3

5. Cilantro – 2-3 teaspoons

6. Cloves -2

7. Kopak buds (marata moggu) -2

8. Bilimbi -2-3

What you do with what you have:

1  Wash and drain water from Basumati rice and keep it aside.  Peal off the skin of Avrekayi beans and soak the beans in water for about 5-6 hours and then peal it again and is shown in image-3.

2. Place a cooker on medium flame with 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in it.  While being heated, add cumin,  cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and bay leaf to it and when done add cashews to it and fryt till done.

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    Cashews & other seasoning in progress

3. While being done , add chopped onions ,turmeric powder and a little salt  and fry till onions turn transparent.

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 Onions being fried till transparent

4. In the mean time grind all the ingredients of wet masala in the mixer to a fine consistency adding water in steps.  When onions is done , add the wet masala to it and give a stir till you get a pleasant aroma.

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      Wet masala added to the fried onions

5. Add double pealed Avrekalu to it and finally add rice from step-1 to it and also add required quantity of water , also check for salt and  close the lid of the cooker and cook for 20 minutes.

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 Double pealed Avrekalu being added
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     Basumati rice being added to it
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    Cooker being set adding water and masala

6. When the pressure is released  transfer a part of it to your serving plate and enjoy with tomato-onion salad!!!Yummmmmm as usual!!!!!!!

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Ready to serve Avrekalu pulav with tomato-onion salad

Serves :4-5

Time taken: 1 hour

Good to remember:     1. Avrekalu should be fresh for better taste.

2. Use quality Basumati rice for the dish.

3. One can enjoy the dish with any side dish of his/her choice.

4. Spice level should be adjusted as per your pallot.

One thought on “Avrekalu pulav/pilaf

    healthyindiankitchen said:
    April 23, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    nice recipe….will sure give it a try🙂

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