Methi-Avarekalu Rice

As I said earlier, I am on a fridge/freezer/pantry cleaning spree these days. I should say I am pretty much on the right track so far. There is still a long way to go before I can say I am successful in the “mission”.

This is a hearty and delicious rice I prepared last Sunday. I served it with a cold yogurt and we had a very filling lunch. I think I am going to make this regularly hereafter.

1/4 cup dried avarekalu (Val/Hycianth beans)
1 cup basmati rice
1/2 cup methi leaves
1/2 cup onion
1/2 cup tomato
2 bay leaves
1 green cardamom
1 black cardamom(optional)

Spice mixture : Dry roast all spices, grind with green chillies, garlic, ginger
3 cloves
1″ cinnamon
1/2 tea spn sesame seeds
3-4 pieces dagad phool (optional)
1 tea spn coriander seeds
1 tea spn cumin seeds
1 tea spn chana dal
3 green chillies
1 tea spn chopped ginger
1 tea spn chopped garlic

Soak avarekalu overnight (or for 3 hrs in warm water) and cook them in pressure cooker.
Heat oil (and a little ghee for extra flavor), add bay leaves, green & black cardamom.
Now add onion and fry for few minutes. Add tomato, salt and cook till tomatoes becomes mushy.
Now add methi, rice and spice mixture. Fry for few minutes. Add in cooked avarekalu (along with water used for cooking). Mix everything very well.
Add about 2 cups of water (reduce the water amount if avrekalu cooked water is used). Cover and cook on a low heat till done.
Serve hot.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 30mins

11 thoughts on “Methi-Avarekalu Rice”

  1. Now it is avarekalu season in Bangalore. Anywhere and everywhere we see avarekalu.:) I am sure this rice will be great with fresh avarekalu. I will sure try it. Thanks

  2. i think you undestend my mind, because i have newly purchase ONIDA microwave (25ltrs.) and when i was in Germany, i have eated LASAGNE which was so nice having cream and spinech. and you have put the recipe on web, and in BARODA, Guj. the lasange is available, so now i can make it. once again thanks, when i make it, i will send you photo. good bye and have a nice recipe.

    PANDYA VIJAY (09427313490)

  3. Hey Shilpa.. Thanks for sharing this recipe.. I recently posted a similar rice based on your recipe. Needless to say, I love this dish! Thanks!

  4. i have fresh avarekalu…can i use that?…n also 1 small thing-In the method of preparation you have left out adding bay leaf….most of us will add it seeing it is there in the ingredients…but,still you can correct it? 🙂

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