Friday, February 4, 2011

Avrekalu Uppitu/ Flat Beans Upma

Another tasty food from flat beans which is most common break fast in karnataka during flat beans season (Usually Between Nov-Feb).In bengaluru you see lots and lots of flat beans in all the markets during season.Its so widely used and you can find n number of recipes of it.During season  at food street of Bengaluru, they organize something called as "Avrekalu Mela" where they cell food made up of flat beans. Avrekalu Vade, Avrekalu Dose, Avrekalu obbatu  etc etc... are few menu items to mention.I really missed it for this year:-(

But I satisfied myself by preparing Avrekalu uppitu for time being and here is the recipe for it.

You Need To Have:

1 cup Upma Rava/Upma Semilion
1 cup flat beans/avrekalu
1 medium size onion finely chopped
3-4 green chilies
3-4 curry leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped coriander leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated cocnut
2-3 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp blackgram seeds/urad dal/uddina bele
1 tsp bengalgram /channa dal/kadle  bele
2 cups water


If you using frozen flat beans, put them out side at least for an hour.

Heat thick bottomed pan, add semolina/ rava ,1 tsp oil and fry it on really low flame until it gives nice aroma. (would take 5-6 mins).Take care not to burn the rava.

Take out rava and spread that on plate and heat remaining oil. add mustard seeds. once they start spluttering add cumin seeds, bengalgram, blackgram ,curry leaves to it.once they turn color add chopped onion, flat beans and slit green chilies. fry it for 4-5 mins on medium flame.

Add 2 cups of water and bring it to boil.Check if flat beans are cooked or not. if not boil water until its done. pour semolina to boiling water from one hand and stir from other hand so that it does not form lumps. stirring is really important else it will form lumps and spoil upma. Cover lid and simmer for 2-3 mins.

Finally add freshly grated coconut ,chopped coriander leaves and turn off flame.

Serve hot with mango pickle.

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