Thursday, February 10, 2011

Avarakya upperi / Indian broad beans stir fry

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
Servings: 3-4      

You need:
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

For garnishing:
1 tbsp coconut oil (optional)

Step by step:
  • 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  ( the smell of coconut oil)
It goes well with rotis too...
Enjoy….tell me if you liked it or even if you didn't!!

Yours Tastefully!!


  1. Last Monday it was tastefully mine. Yum!

  2. are you sure they are avarekai? i think the flat broad beans are called chavrekai or something !

  3. @Beej: am so glad you liked's a yumm vegetable

  4. stonetemplepilot: Indian Broad Beans is Avarakya/ Amarakka in Malayalam, Avarakka in Tamil,Chikkudu kaya in Telugu,Sem in Hindi and Avarekayi in Kannada

  5. hmmm yummy ... especially the last part ... a drizzle of coconut oil...

  6. @Lakshmi: thanks Uma, try it, am sure you'll love it!!

  7. of my favourites..and tastes heavenly with the magic that is detailed above :-) the key ingredients however - passion, love and zest...!!

  8. @Shaj: thank you:)....the last bit's specially for you!!

  9. Looks absolutely appetising!! got to try it out :)

  10. try it sure u'll love it:)

  11. very nice . we too liked the upperi.

  12. thankew amma.....wait and watch:)

  13. how nice! Nice Upperi... btw, since you call a side-dish "uperi", i think you are from the same place in Kerala as me :) In many other parts of Kerala, "uperi" is usually some form of chips like banana chips or jackfruit chips.