Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Awarekalu-Methi Usli

Field beans is called Aware kaalu in Kannada. Though it is a seasonal pulse, here in Bengalore we can get Awarekalu any time of the Year. It is available in Malleshwaram Market and even in Jayanagar T Block. Awarekalu lovers can get benefited from buying Awarkalu and satisfy their tongue and tummy. We can prepare varieties of dishes using Awarekalu. This Awarekalu recipe is a dry curry and we can have them as it is or we can eat with rice, chapatis or rotis.

Lets see some health benefits of using Field Beans.
They are highly nutritious, supplying vital nutrients to your body. They are high content of Vitamin A, Vitamin B and C. They help our bones and teeth strong. They improve the immune system and protect against cancer, diabetes, heart diseases. They also help in making our blood sugar level normal. It also gives us energy. They lower the cholesterol level. It is a high fiber content and regulates the blood sugar levels. It is rich source of iron.

Here is a recipe of Awarekalu -Palak Usli , which is very easy to prepare and we can have them as snack or use it as one of the side dish. I am pretty sure it will into the taste of every one and all age group.

Things Needed : 

Aware Kalu : 2 Cups
Methi leaves. 1 Bundle (Medium sized)
Green chilly : 2
Jeera : 1 Table spoon
Coconut : 1/2 Cup
Oil : 2 Table spoons.
Salt : to taste
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Tea spoon
Urid dal : 1/2 Tea spoon
Curry leaves : 5 to 6
Coriander leaves : 2 Table spoons
Ginger : 1 Table spoon
Ingh : a pinch
Turmeric Powder : a pinch


1. Wash and pressure cook Aware kalu (field beans) for 8 to 10 minutes and leave it for cooling. Drain the extra water and keep the beans aside.
2. Wash and cut Methii leaves, green chilly, coriander leaves and coriander leaves.
3. Grate coconut and keep it aside.
4. Now keep a big pan and add oil to it.
5, Add mustard seeds and urid dal. Let mustard splutter.
6. Add jeera, cut green chilly and curry leaves and fry for 10 seconds.
7. Add  Methi  leaves, mix it well and cook till its soft.
8. Add cooked Awarekalu, grated ginger, turmeric powder and salt. Mix it nicely.
9. Cook on low flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Let all the moisture dry up.
10. Add lemon juice, mix it well and put off the gas.
11. Add fresh grated coconut and shift the ready Usli to a serving bowl.

12. Serve them as snack or use it like one of the side dish.


Remember the beans should be soft.
Do not add any water while cooking Methi leaves. Just fry them on low flame.
Do not cook Beans after adding lemon juice and fresh coconut. It looses the freshness.
You can use more or less chilly according to your wish.
You can also use onions and garlic if you wish to.
Time : 20 minutes
Servings : 5


  1. that looks so yummy n healthy

  2. This looks delicious...... Using coconut is new for me !!

  3. lovely and healthy methi dish....wonderful recipe dear...


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