Avarekalu Upma|Karnataka Style Avarekai Upittu Recipe is a popular breakfast dish in Karnataka. The main ingredient added to this recipe is the avarekalu beans to make it crunchy and taste is heavenly.Healthy breakfast option for both kids and adults.
These beans are seasonal and mostly available during the month of December and January. But these days its also available in Indian stores under the name ‘Surti Papdi Lilva‘, usually in the frozen section.
This upma is traditionally prepared with fresh avarekalu, but as I couldn’t get the fresh ones, I went with the frozen packet. But I can assure that taste-wise there is not much of a compromise.
When you have frozen one, you can prepare this upma any time of the year. I would recommend buying the fresh beans in bulk and freezing them for later use.
WHAT IS AVAREKALU CALLED IN ENGLISH?
In Karnataka it’s called Avarekalu.Its English name is “Hyacinth Beans” and not broad beans.It also called by surti papdi lilva in Hindi.
WHICH SEMOLINA/SOOJI/RAVA CAN I USE FOR THIS RECIPE?
There’s a huge variety of semolina/rava available in the market. Most commonly used are bansi rava and bombay sooji rava which are easily available in the indian grocery stores or amazon.I have used roasted bansi rava for this recipe.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BANSI RAVA AND SOOJI RAVA?
Both kinds of semolina (rava) are obtained from wheat, but different varieties. Bansi rava is darker in colour than plain sooji rava. Both are coarsely ground forms of wheat where in sooji rava is a finer version of the two.
Bansi rava is quite popular in Karnataka and in many other South Indian homes.In northern and western india, rava is used to make halwa, kheer, upma, dhokla and is also added to bhatura and poori dough whereas in south india, rava used to make instant rava idli, quick rava dosa, rava uttapam, kesari bath, pongal and upma.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH AVAREKALU UPMA?
Avarekalu Upma is served with coconut chutney ,peanut chutney powder and a cup of filter coffee.
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Karnataka Style Avarekai Upma Recipe is a popular breakfast dish in Karnataka. The main ingredient added to this recipe is the avarekalu beans to make it crunchy and taste to the whole dish.
- measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml
- 1/2 cup Sooji Rava/Semolina ( i used bansi rava)
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 3/4 or 1 cup Avarekai/Surti Papdi Lilva (boiled and cooked in salted water)
- 1 tsp Vangi bath powder ( i used MTR brand)
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp cumin/jeera seeds
- 1/2 tsp split urad dal
- 1 green chilli slit lengthwise
- 1 sprig curry leaves
- a pinch Hing/asafoetida
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder(haldi)
- 1/2 tsp Sugar (optional)
- 2-3 tbsp oil
- 1.5 cup water
- 2 tbsp coriander leaves
- 2 tbsp grated coconut
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- Salt as per taste
Dry roast rava in a kadai until it turns golden brown and the raw smell disappears. Keep aside.
Cook avarekai with little salt in boiling water until it turns soft and keep aside.I used frozen avarekai ,so boiled for 5-6 minutes.
Heat oil in kadai. Add mustard seeds, jeera, urad dal, hing, curry leaves, green chilli, saute for 30 secs.
Add the chopped onions and fry till it turns light brown in color.
Add boiled avarekai, salt, turmeric powder, vangi bath powder and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Now add 1.5 cups of water to the onions.
After the water starts boiling, add roasted rava little by little. Stir continuously so that lumps are not formed.
Cook covered on medium low flame for about 2-3 mins. Add lime juice, coriander leaves, grated coconut and mix well.
Remove from stove and serve hot.
1.Do not burn the rava while roasting it. Keep the flame medium and stir it constantly.
2.Fresh avarekalu tastes much better than frozen once.
3.For variations, you can use bombay/chiroti rava (white colored sooji)
4.If you dont have vangibath powder then replace with rasam powder or (red chilli powder + coriander powder) or you can completely avoid it.
5.Add more green chillies If you like spicy upma.
6. Rava to water ratio should be 3:1 for soft and yummy upma.
7.Tastes the best when served hot or warm.
Note:Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
How to Make Avarekalu Upma|Karnataka Style Avarekai Upittu Step By Step
1. Dry roast rava in a kadai until it turns golden brown and the raw smell disappears. Keep aside.Cook avarekai with little salt in boiling water until it turns soft and keep aside.I used frozen avarekai ,so boiled for just 5 minutes.
2. Heat oil in kadai. Add mustard seeds, jeera, urad dal, hing, curry leaves, green chilli, saute for 30 secs.
3.Add the chopped onions and fry till it turns light brown in color.
4.Add boiled avarekai, salt, turmeric powder, vangi bath powder and cook for 2-3 minutes.
5.Now add 1.5 cups of water to the onions.After the water starts boiling, add roasted rava little by little. Stir continuously so that lumps are not formed.
6.Cook covered for about 2-3 mins on medium-low flame. Add lime juice, coriander leaves, grated coconut and mix well.Remove from stove and serve hot.
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