AvrekaLu Jeerige(cumin) kootu

As I mentioned few times here, avrekaLu has become an integral part of my cooking these days. I have tried many different recipes with these beans. I have a great collection of avrekaLu recipes with me, so I try to cook as many varieties with them. V being a great fan of them, it works out fine for me.

This is a traditional Kannada dish. It is a hot dish with few ingredients. It has a very nice aroma from the cumin seeds. Tastes great with plain rice.

Read more about kootu here. This is something I had cooked before I got kootu podi, so next time I am thinking to make it with the podi.

1 cup avrekaLu
1/2 cup fresh/frozen coconut
4-5 red chilies
1 tea spn cumin seeds
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
A pinch asafoetida
A pinch turmeric

Cook avrekaLu with salt and turmeric in cooker.
Grind coconut with cumin seeds and red chilies.
Add the paste to cooked avrekaLu. Cook for about 3-4 mins. Then add curry leaves and cook till gravy thickens.
In a separate pan, heat little oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add asafoetida. Pour this seasoning over the gravy and close the lid.
Serve hot with rice.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 30mins

18 thoughts on “AvrekaLu Jeerige(cumin) kootu”

  1. hi shilpa
    thanks for the recipe, i cooked for lunch today it came out good that jeera gives really fragrance to this dish.my husband liked it a lot,simple and great recipe thank you.and also yesterday i tried your tamarind rice for lite dinner that was great too thank you once again.

  2. Hi Shilpa, Kootu looks great and am sure tastes great too :-).

    I would like to know if you use frozen coconut and if yes, which brand do you use . The one I use has a strange kind of smell and i think it is abnormally sweet. Since I am new in US, I dont know which is the right brand of frozen shredded coconut to use for curries. Pls help.

    Shilpa: Jayashree, I use a brand called “Rosan”. Its a brand from Philippines. It is available in the local Indian store here. I have used other brands but didn’t like any.

  3. I tried this out today. was great. this is the first time I am eating avarekalu with relish. thanks once again.
    good day.

  4. hi shilpa,
    im a big fan of urs…
    i’ve tried many of ur recipes …this is mouth watering…only sweet memories of eating such food….avarekaalu rotti…hithkavare…yummmmmmmmm
    im missing this here in stockholm..:(.we dont get these beans here:(

  5. Hi Shilpa, tried ur recipe today….we loved it! would like to bring to ur notice that u’ve missed to include tamarind.

    Shilpa: I think I did not add tamarind when I made this, so it is not in the recipe.

  6. thnx for your reply Shilpa …. jyalari aamsani ka kasane ghalche? so as to balance the tastes..

    Shilpa: If you want to add, you can always include tamarind Maya. Probably the original recipe that I had of this recipe did not have it, so I didn’t post it.

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