Avarekaalu Uppitu ( Upma using tender green flat beans )












Aavarekaalu uppitu ( Karnataka special during winters...upma made using the tender mochai beans, I used broken rice rava instead of sooji. Called Avarekalu in Kannada, Mochai in Tamil, Lima/Hyacinth beans in English, Surati Papdi in Gujarati and Popati/Vaal in Maharashtra . )

Avere kaalu is a pod like  pea .  It has a tender green skin which has to be peeled to remove the soft green pods .  Avere kai is famous in all parts of    Karnataka .and a great favorite among people I have spent a good no of years living In Karnataka, hence I am keen to make  all  kinds  of dishes with this avarekaalu..


Predominantly associated with winters, once in a while I get some here in Chennai  too from nearby farms. Winter Season and Avarekaayi - go hand in hand.. People from  Karnataka  need no introduction to this popular bean. All kinds of popular Kannada cuisine use this bean. Though living in Chennai , am always nostalgic about Kannada cuisine and try to comfort myself by indulging in their simple but tasty recipes.

In my recipe I have used broken rice and made upma using this tender bean./Avarekaalu

Avarekaalu upma makes a great hearty breakfast or can be had  even for dinner.



Ingredients:


1 cup  fine broken rice rava  (Arisi upma rava )
1/4 cup tender flat beans cooked till soft.
1/2 tsp mustard sees
sprigs of curry leaves.
1/2 tsp chana dal
2 tbsp oil/ghee
Pinch of asafoetida
2 tbsp finely chopped green chillies/ or 2  broken dry red chillis
1 tsp finely grated ginger.
2 cups water.
Salt to taste.


Method


In a deep pan ,add the oil, let it heat, crackle mustard seeds, add the chana dal, let it turn golden,add the ginger, green chillis / broken dry red chillis ,and some curry leaves, add the cooked   tender green beans , ad salt, pinch of asafoetida , and water.

Let the water come to a boil, add the rice rava and give a good stir, keep the flame on very low, cover with lid and cook for couple of minutes. 
Within 3 minutes the mixture come s to a cooked stage, stir well to mix the beans and the upma, add some ghee at this stage if you wish.

Serve hot with chutney and sambar.