Yesterday, for lunch, I made a spicy and delicious stir fry which is simple, healthy and makes a yummy side with rice and sambhar. It’s a very malabari style of making avarakya upperi (also called amarakka/ amarakya in some parts of Kerala / widely known as Indian broad beans).
Preparation time: 10 mts
Cooking time: 10 mts
1/4kg avarakya / Indian broad beans
1 onion julienned (cut into long thin strips)
1 tsp red chilly powder (add more if you like it spicy)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Wash the beans thoroughly, trim the edges, de-string, tear each one into two pieces (very important or you'll find slimy worms in your dish) and chop them into 1/2" pieces. Wash them again (in warm water with a pinch of salt).You can include the seeds too for the masala
- Transfer the chopped avarakya in to a glass bowl and microwave (high) for 10mts (like I do) or cook the chopped avarakya with about half a cup of water in a closed pan until soft. If it’s watery remove the lid and cook on high flame...ensure the avarakya is now completely dry
- Heat oil in a kadhai, add 2 tbsps of cooking oil, now add the julienned onions and stir on medium flame for 4-5 mts /till the onions turn transparent
- Add the spice powders and salt (remember to switch on the chimney/exhaust fan before the powders go in to the kadhai) fry for 2mts
- Throw in the cooked beans and stir for about 5mts till the masala is well coated on them. Turn off the flame
- Now drizzle a tbsp of coconut oil for that extra oomph (hmmm.....love the smell of coconut oil)
It goes well with rotis too...
Enjoy….tell me if you liked it or even if you didn't!!