Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Mocha Kottai kara Kuzhambu / Field Beans Gravy ( Avarekai/ Val - Papdi- Bakla ) / Avarai Kottai Kulambu

Today's recipe is Mochai kottai kuzhambu / Avarai Kottai (Field Beans/ Avarekai/ Val - Papdi- Bakla ) kuzhambu, is a delicious and spicy South Indian gravy recipe that goes well with idlis, dosa and rice. My favourite winter recipe and love this gravy with hot idlis, a perfect combo, i can say. And this fresh field beans is available during winter seasons in the market. Here's is the hot and delicious recipe for cold winter days.

Avarekai / Mochai kottai Kuzhambu

Here is the recipe. Scroll down for the Video Recipe and Step By Step Pictures

Cuisine : South Indian
Course : Main course
Prep Time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves : 2

Ingredients:
  • 200 gms Field Beans ( Avarai Kottai )
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 large Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated Coconut
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 or 2 tsp Chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 Sliced & Slit green chilly
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Few Coriander leaves
  • Few Curry leaves
  • Salt as required
Preparation:
  • roughly chop and grind the tomatoes in a mixie or blender to a fine paste and keep aside
  • grind the coconut with little water to fine paste and keep aside.
Method:
  • heat oil in a large wide pan, when hot add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
  • add onions, green chilly and curry leaves and fry till onion turns into light golden brown colour.
  • next add the tomato puree and salt to it and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • then add chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and the coconut paste to it and mix well. 
  • add 200 ml of water, field beans, required salt and mix well. 
  • Bring it to a boil. Cover the pan with lid and cook in low medium flame for 15 minutes. Stir in between. ( or else you proceed the above method in a pressure cooker and cook for 2 whistles instead of cooking in a kadai/wok for 15 minutes. )
  • when cooked, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with idli, dosa, rice.
Other quick method for making this gravy
Instead of kadai/pan/wok, use pressure cooker for this method. Proceed with the same instrucions above and cook for 2 whistles instead of cooking in a kadai/wok for 15 minutes. Also reduce the water to 150 ml.This method can be done very quickly and very easy to prepare. It's an one pot cooking, perfect for busy mornings. 


Avarekai / Mochai kottai Kuzhambu
Step By Step Instructions of How to Make Mochai Kottai Kuzhambu / Field Beans Gravy / Avarekai / Val - Papdi- Bakla
  • heat oil in a large wide pan, when hot add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.


  • add onions, green chilly and curry leaves and fry till onion turns into light golden brown colour.
  • next add the tomato puree, ginger garlic paste and salt to it and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes.
    • then add chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and the coconut paste to it and mix well. 
    • add 200 ml of water, field beans, required salt.
    • Bring it to a boil. Cover the pan with lid and cook in medium flame for 15 minutes. Stir in between.
    • when cooked, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with idli, dosa, rice.

    Video Recipe for Mochai kottai Kuzhambu ( Avarekai )

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    Raw Banana Fry | Vazhakkai Varuval | Vazhakkai Roast

    Today I'm going to share Tamilnadu style Raw Banana Fry. We call vazhakkai Varuval in Tamil. It is a very easy and quick side dish that can be made in nearly no time at all. Its one of my most favourite side dish for rice and it tastes awesome with curd rice. You can also check my other recipes using Raw Banana.
    Raw Banana Fry

    Thursday, November 22, 2018

    Potato Bonda, South Indian Style | Urulai kizhangu Bonda | Aloo Bonda

    Potato bonda/ Aloo bonda is a popular South Indian tea time snack recipe. It is prepared with boiled potato mixed with spice mixture and dipped in chickpea batter, deep fried in hot oil and served with coconut chutney and hot tea. There are many versions of making this potato bonda. Here I'm going to share South Indian style spicy version of Potato Bonda.

    Here's is the recipe. Scroll down for the Step by Step Pictures and Video Recipe


    Potato Bonda / Aloo Bonda

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    Chickpea Curry , South Indian Style | Channa Gravy / Channa Curry


    Today's recipe is South Indian style Chickpeas Curry. This curry / gravy is very mild and it requires very less spice powders only. I didn't add too many masala powders. This is a coconut based gravy with simple and very few ingredients, yet very tasty. This recipe is perfect for those who like a mild flavoured gravy.  It pairs perfect with rice and rotis.

    Here's is the recipe. Scroll down for step by step pictures.

    Chickpeas Curry

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Pasalakeerai Kadayal | Mashed Red Vine Spinach with Dal | Keerai Masiyal

    Today's recipe is Mashed Indian Spinach with Dal, a traditional recipe from Tamilnadu. In tamil we call this as ' Pasalakeerai Paruppu Kadayal'. In English Pasalkeerai is called as various names like Basella alba and also known as Malabar Spinach, Red Vine Spinach, Indian Spinach, Creeping Spinach, Climbing Spinach etc..

    Mashed Indian Spinach with Dal

    This dark leafy green has lots of healthy benefits. It is more nutritious than any other greens. It is rich in iron and calcium. This spinach can be easily grown at home. It is a creeper plant. Below i have attached the picture of this plant which i have it in my terrace garden.
    Pasalakeerai

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