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avarakkai poriyal

avarakkai poriyal is a tasty dry vegetable side dish from the tamil nadu cuisine. avarakkai poriyal is made with flat beans (broad beans), some spices and freshly grated coconut. avarakkai poriyal can be served as a side dish with chapatis, curd-rice, dal-rice or sambar-rice. 

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total time:
35minutes

avarakkai poriyal recipe with step by step pics. avarakkai poriyal is a dry dish made with flat beans, few spices and coconut. poriyal is a dry dish from the tamil nadu cuisine made with various vegetables. poriyal is similar to a thoran (vegetable stir fry from kerala cuisine) except that in a thoran the quantity of fresh coconut added is more as compared to that of poriyal. onions are also added in a thoran. there are many variations of making poriyal and even onions and garlic can be added. this avarakkai poriyal is a no onion no garlic recipe.

avarakkai poriyal recipe

poriyal are simple recipes to make but taste great as a side dish. i make both avarakkai poriyal as well as avarakkai thoran when these tasty beans are in season. avarakkai poriyal can be served a side dish with chapatis as well as steamed rice accompanied with some sambar, rasam, kulambu or dal.

avarakkai is the tamil name for flat beans, they are also known as field beans or broad beans in english. in other indian languages, these are known as val papdi, valor, sem ki phalli. i have already posted a few recipes with flat beans earlier like papdi bhaji and valor papdi nu shaak.

some preparation is needed as you need to string the bean pods and this takes some time. but the cooking part of avarakkai poriyal is very easy. to save time you can string the beans first and keep them in the fridge in a closed container. next day then chop the beans and use them in the recipe.

most of the times when i make rasam or kuzhambu, i also make poriyal. some poriyal recipes i have shared earlier are:

avarakkai poriyal

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:35 mins
avarakkai poriyal is a tasty dry vegetable side dish from the tamil nadu cuisine. avarakkai poriyal is made with flat beans (broad beans), some spices and freshly grated coconut. avarakkai poriyal can be served as a side dish with chapatis, curd-rice, dal-rice or sambar-rice. 
avarakkai poriyal
Course:dinner,side dish
Cuisine:south indian,tamil nadu
Servings:4
Calories:98kcal

INGREDIENTS FOR avarakkai poriyal

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 200 grams avarakkai or 2.5 cups chopped avarakkai (flat beans)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or gingelly oil or sunflower oil or peanut oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal (husked and split black gram)
  • 1 green chilli, chopped or 1 dry red chilli broken and seeds removed
  • 2 pinches asafoetida or hing
  • 7 to 8 small to medium sized curry leaves
  • salt as required
  • ½ cup water or add as required
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh coconut or desiccated coconut flakes.

HOW TO MAKE avarakkai poriyal

preparation for avarakkai poriyal

  • firstly rinse 200 grams avarakkai very well. drain all the water. then string each flat bean and pull the pods apart. discard the strings.
  • you will have to open each pod to check if there is a worm or a mould in it. discard the bean if it has a mould or worm in it.
  • then chop the beans. you can collect some of all the opened beans together and then chop them on a chopping board. you will need 2.5 cups chopped avarakkai. keep aside.

tempering for making avarakkai poriyal

  • in a pan or kadai, heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil or gingelly oil or sunflower oil or peanut oil. keep flame to a low. add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds.
  • let mustard seeds begin to crackle.
  • when the mustard seeds begin to crackle and splutter, add ½ teaspoon urad dal.
  • stirring often fry urad dal on a low flame. fry till the urad dal turns golden.
  • then add 1 green chilli, chopped or 1 dry red chilli (broken and seeds removed), 2 pinches asafoetida (hing) and 7 to 8 small to medium sized curry leaves (whole or chopped). if the pan becomes too hot, then you can switch off the flame.
  • mix well. if using red chillies then they should change color. 
  • now add the chopped avarakkai. add salt as per taste. mix very well.

making avarakkai poriyal

  • add ½ cup water or add as required. mix again well.
  • cover pan with a lid and on a low to medium-low flame cook the avarakkai.
  • in between do stir and check if the water has not dried up. if the water dries up, you can add some more water. then continue to cover and cook.
  • on a low to medium-low flame, cover and cook the avarakkai beans for a total of about 20 to 22 minutes till they are tender and softened.
  • once the flat beans are well cooked, then there should be no water in the avarakkai poriyal before you start with the next step. so cook without lid till all the water dries up. stir occasionally. 
  • then add 3 tablespoons coconut. you can also add 2 to 3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut flakes instead of fresh coconut. frozen grated coconut can also be added.
  • mix very well and saute avarakkai poriyal for a minute on low flame.
  • serve avarakkai poriyal hot or warm as a side dish with chapatis or with sambar-rice, rasam-rice, kulambu-rice or dal-rice. while serving you can also garnish with some chopped coriander leaves.

RECIPE TIPS

tips for making avarakkai poriyal
  1. instead of 1 green chilly, you can add 1 to 2 dry red chilli. break the chillies and remove the seeds. 
  2. desiccated coconut flakes can be added instead of fresh coconut. 
  3. frozen grated coconut can also be added. 
  4. please do not skip on curry leaves, asafoetida, mustard seeds and urad dal. 
  5. avarakkai poriyal recipe can also be halved. 
  6. if you prefer, you can even add 1 medium sized onion in the recipe. after the tempering, add the chopped onions. saute the onions till translucent and then add the chopped beans. 
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preparation for avarakkai poriyal

1. firstly rinse 200 grams avarakkai very well. drain all the water. then string each flat bean and pull the pods apart. discard the strings. you will have to open each pod to check if there is a worm or a mould in it. discard the bean if it has a mould or worm in it.

making avarakkai poriyal

2. then chop the beans. you can collect some of all the opened beans together and then chop them on a chopping board. you will need 2.5 cups chopped avarakkai. keep aside.

making avarakkai poriyal

tempering for making avarakkai poriyal

3. in a pan or kadai, heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil or gingelly oil or sunflower oil or peanut oil. keep flame to a low. add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds.

making avarakkai poriyal

4. let mustard seeds begin to crackle. when the mustard seeds begin to crackle and splutter, add ½ teaspoon urad dal.

making avarakkai poriyal

5. stirring often fry urad dal on a low flame.

making avarakkai poriyal

6. fry till the urad dal turns golden.

making avarakkai poriyal

7. then add 1 green chilli, chopped or 1 dry red chilli (broken and seeds removed) and 2 pinches asafoetida (hing). if the pan becomes too hot, then you can switch off the flame.

making avarakkai poriyal

8. quickly add 7 to 8 small to medium sized curry leaves (whole or chopped). mix well. if using, red chillies then they should change color.

making avarakkai poriyal

9. now add the chopped avarakkai.

making avarakkai poriyal

10. add salt as per taste.

making avarakkai poriyal

11. mix very well.

making avarakkai poriyal

making avarakkai poriyal

12. add ½ cup water or add as required. mix again well.

making avarakkai poriyal

13. cover pan with a lid and on a low to medium-low flame cook the avarakkai.

making avarakkai poriyal

14. in between do stir and check if the water has not dried up. if the water is less or evaporated, you can add some more water. stir and then continue to cover and cook.

making avarakkai poriyal

15. cook till the avarakkai beans are tender and softened. once the flat beans are well cooked, then there should be no water in the avarakkai poriyal before you start with the next step. so cook without lid till all the water dries up. stir occasionally. it will take approx a total of 20 to 22 minutes for the beans to cook on a medium-low flame. cooking time will also vary with the quality of beans, type of pan used and intensity of the flame.

making avarakkai poriyal

16. then add 3 tablespoons coconut. you can also add 2 to 3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut flakes instead of fresh coconut. frozen grated coconut can also be added.

making avarakkai poriyal

17. mix very well and saute for a minute on low flame.

avarakkai poriyal

18. serve avarakkai poriyal hot or warm as a side dish with chapatis or with sambar-rice, rasam-rice, kulambu-rice or dal-rice. while serving you can also garnish with some chopped coriander leaves.

avarakkai poriyal recipe


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  1. Hi tried this poriyal today with rasam and rice.. it was very delicious. . I follow the same method for beans and carrot. Thank you

    • thanks chinmayee for sharing. i was hoping you will write back. so thanks for that. yes same method can be followed for various other vegetables too.

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