Avarakkai Thoran | Indian Broad Beans Stir Fry Kerala Style

>>  Monday, September 7, 2015

This is part of my Onam Sadya I prepared for Mega BM for Indian States

I opted to make Avarakkai Thoran / Indian Broad Bean Fry when I was deciding for the Thorans. I planned two of it, the other was with Potato. Though I read that Potato is not regularly featured in a Sadya meal, I went ahead.

So coming to the Avarakkai Thoran, Indian Broad Beans are frequently cooked at home. Sometimes we use ground nut powder, sometimes coconut. 

If you noticed the coconut version is almost the same, except it doesn't have cumin in it. However making this stir fry in Kerala style using the ground paste, did change the taste a bit. As I knew it was a good side dish served with Sambar.

I adapted this from here. This version also doesn't have cumin, however since I ground the whole paste together, just added it.

Avarakkai Thoran

Ingredients Needed:

Indian Broad Beans / Avarakkai – 2 cups
Toor Dal - 2 tbsp
Turmeric – a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds, Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
Black split gram – 1 tsp
Curry Leaves – few

Coconut, grated - 2 tbsp
Green Chilli -  2
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp

How to make the Avarakkai thoran

Wash, string the broad beans and chop them into small pieces.

Wash the dal well and pressure cook it with just enough water for about 2 whistles. The dal should not get mushy.

Grind together cumin, green chilly and coconut without adding any water.

Heat a kadai with oil, splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves.

Now add the chopped beans, turmeric powder and salt to taste. Mix well.

Sprinkle some water, cover and cook till the vegetable is done. Keep stirring once in a while.

Now add the cooked dal and the coconut mixy. Mix well. Remove from heat.

Serve as an accompaniment with plain rice and Sambar or Rasam.


Sapana Behl September 7, 2015 at 12:30 AM  

Very simple yet delicious thoran.

vaishali sabnani September 7, 2015 at 7:47 AM  

The broad beans thoran is a very nice variation for cooking these beans, I am sure it shall taste amazing.

Nivedhanams Sowmya September 7, 2015 at 7:53 AM  

simple curry!! so homey!!

Kalyani September 7, 2015 at 12:39 PM  

Simple n yummy

Usha September 7, 2015 at 6:36 PM  

Simpel and flavorful thoran. Same here, I make broad beans regularly but not with coconut.

Sandhiya September 8, 2015 at 3:36 PM  

My favorite veggie, i made the same way.

Pavani N September 17, 2015 at 7:38 AM  

Simple and delicious thoran. I like this type of simple curries.

Archana Potdar September 18, 2015 at 9:51 PM  

Simple delicious and one of my favourites.

Chef Mireille September 30, 2015 at 8:57 AM  

I like this simple veg preparation

Padmajha PJ October 2, 2015 at 11:04 PM  

Adding the ground paste makes it look so different . We love avarakkai.Must try this one...

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