07 December 2009

AVAREKAI...Yum

Come NOVEMBER, its the season of Avarekai ( COW BEANS) in namma karnataka!!!
You get it in HEAPS in the market with any vegetable vendor, a treat to people who love "Delicios SOUth Indian food"...a favourite since my childhood...
( Am not sure, if this is available in other pats of the country???)

There are varities of dishes you can make out of this bean, which leaves you with a refreshing taste in the end, wanting more and more...I just can't stop eating them...

While mom prepares saaru and huli ( well known as saambar and Rasam) with Avarekai, she also mixes it with Akki rotti ( roti made from rice flour) roasted; upma, rice bath......the tang just "out of world"

MIL takes it to a different level altogether, by showcasing her "ANDHRA" stlye cooking and making the same sambar in a different style. She grinds Onion with methi, coconut, ginger, tamrind paste and coriander and mixes to the bean sambar which gives a special savor, asking for more and more....
pls do try and lemme know how much you loved it.

I don't have exact recipes; but post was more to say what an important vegetable it is for us for next 2 months, so much a part of our routine and how much a loved bean it is :)
Am loving it ...
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RENU....u wanna try? Are you familiar with this vegetable?

11 comments:

PNA said...

I was curious at Renu's as to what cow beans were. I call them small smiling beans because there is also a bigger version n they seemed to smile at me everytime I looked at them during those childhood days. and the name stuck...

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

Cow Beans - Why such name?
And I wish to try the recipe if I am present.

Renu said...

Thanks shruti, for letting me know, my SonIL also loves akki roti(he is kannadiga), his mother is a fabulous cook, she even makes upma also so differently, this time I have asked my daughter to learn from her MIL and then teach me.

I have seen this beans, now I will bring them...Do you eat chow chow..what is the taste of this vegetable, this is also new to me:)

Mohan said...

hehehe... yes the season has begun! But Avarekai is available all round the year at a place near jayanagar 7th block!

my mom prepares the special avarekai Uppittu:) yummy.. and then you have poori with avarekai masala saru... the list doesn't stop.. so many recipes with this.. just love it!

anusha said...

enlightening-i dint know it was called cow beans all this while.

Swaram said...

Ayyo Shruthi ... y r u making me feel so so bad and so so J :(
I don't get this one here ..found it only once in some shop and that too for 40rs. kg!!!!

Avarekayi uppittu, rotti, usali ella kanasu :(

Shrutzz said...

@ Renu - cool!!! Do give it a try. My Dodamma ( aunt) who stays in Chennai specially visits Bangalore during this time, and her luggage is filled with heaps of Avarekai!!!

@ Mohan - TRUE, I remember appa getting those loevly ones in 7th block jayanagar. My childhood was in Jayanagar 7th block and just the mention of it, makes me get sooo excited...You get the best avarekai there on the streets. Its just next to my school.

@ Swaram - come on lady, visit Bangalore :)))) In Andhra few people don't even know about this ( as told by my MIL)

Swaram said...

I asked my mother to send it thru DHL :P :P

Shrutzz said...

@ Swaram - LOL..so your mom lives in bangalore...hmm..am sure u r visiting this city very soon then!!!!
Do demand some nice avarekai huli from her, this Christmas!!!! what say..
Buy the way, I sneeked into the kitchen before coming to work today and I could see MIL preparing "Hitukbele huli", yummmmmmm....

Swaram said...

Bengaluru is my hometown .. we r in Hyd from 2 yrs ashte :)

Shrutzz said...

@ SWARAM - oh, YES!!! I KNOW FROM UR BLOGS...
U must be missing this place alva...
I also know that you have started liking Hyderabad now, which is a good thing...every place has its own sweet feel, whch makes it special..I woud love to live in a different place for sometime and come back here.