Avarekai akki tari upma

ImageIf you have lived in Bangalore, avarekai ( flat bean or surti liva papdi ) is no stranger to you. At certain times of the year, usually in the winter every house hold probably makes atleast 6-7 different kinds of dishes with this bean. The avarekai mela that happens in Bangalore is a gastronomic delight for foodies and serves an incredible number of tasty treats made from this simple bean! With it’s inherent aroma compared to most other beans, any dish made with avarekai is a sure winner. Here’s one of my favorite breakfast foods made from avarekai.

Ingredients: Serves 4

Rice 2 cups

Avarekai 1 cup shelled beans

Green chillies 3

Coconut 1/4 cup

Mustard seeds 1/2 tbsp

Jeera seeds 1/2 tbsp

Chana dal 1/2 tbsp

Hing 1 pinch

Salt to taste

Cilantroe for garnishing

Dry roast 2 cups of rice for about 4-5 mins on medium flame. Once the roasted rice is luke warm, grate it into a coarse powder in a blender and set aside. Be sure not to over grind the rice as the upma will turn out very sticky. Boil 1 cup of the beans in 4 cups water till the beans are soft.

Using 2 tbsp of oil, temper the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, green chiilies, curry leaves and hing. Add the dry roasted ground rice. Then transfer the water containing the cooked beans gently into the pan, stirring in the rice evenly so no lumps form. Add salt and let the rice cook for about 10 mins on a low flame. Once the rice is cooked, turn the stove off and garnish with shredded coconut and cilantroe. Serve hot.