Avarakkai Varuval/Broad Beans Stir Fry

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The simplest recipes are the ones that I crave for after feasting a heavy festival food that we had for Pongal. I made this simple Avarakkai Varuval for our lunch today to go with Rice and Rasam. Coconut and fennel adds flavor to the beans and this spicy varuval can be had with Rotis too. The only difficult part is the cleaning and cutting of the beans and I had them already cut so it took me just 10 minutes to make it. 

Avarakkai varuval


  1. 3 cups finely chopped Avarakkai/Broad Beans
  2. ½ cup finely chopped onions
  3. 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  4. ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  5. 2 tablespoons oil
  6. salt to taste
To Grind:
  1. ½ cup grated coconut
  2. ½ teaspoon sombu/fennel

  1. Heat oil in a kadai/pan and add the oinions and saute well until transparent
  2. Now add the beans and saute well for few seconds. To this add the salt and rest of the powders.
  3. Then add the ground coconut, mix well and add 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil. Close and simmer for 5 minutes or until the beans is cooked.
  4. Mix well and simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes and serve with Rice or Rotis. 
TIPS: Increase or decrease Chilli powder according to your taste. I have used sombu/Fennel, you could use cumin if you prefer. 


  1. Simple & flavorful stir fry...
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  2. Love this stir fry simply with curd rice,one of my fav..

  3. simple and yummy curry and i can have this yummy one with hot plain rice. nice click

  4. This is totally yummy recipe...I am loving it dear..Will try it soon..


  5. Quinoa and avaraikai....never tried that combo before.

    Looks yummy, your presentation skills is second to none, wonder how many serving sets you have :)


  6. Simple and delicious stir fry,love the presentation

  7. Love this simple and yummy fry..BTW what is that other bowl ?

    1. Sumi, its Quinoa. I decided to have Quinoa instead of rice and that was my New Year resolution but you know what I had it only once in all these 15 days:)

  8. Simple and delicious. I love it with rasam sadam

  9. Avraikkai varuval looks so very good. Quinoa is a good substitute for rice. It tastes good with sambhar and rasam.


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