Thursday, January 28, 2010

Avarekalu Kadubu, Coconut Chutney

This is one of my mom’s specialties. I remember dad asking her to prepare this at least once every year in avarekai-season. Yeah, owing to the elaborate procedure, it can mostly be done once or twice a year when we get avarekai. Of course, it’s special taste will remain fresh in memory for a long time!
When Dee had come home once before marriage, mom had made this, and being the foodie that he is, he had fallen for it! Yeah.... fallen more for it, than for me :DAnd after that, mom never made it when we went there, and I too had almost forgotten it, till the last vacation I was there, when she again prepared it, and made us fall!!!
I concentrated on the recipe this time, and tried it out for in-laws after a couple of weeks. And it was undoubtedly a great super hit! And I was proud of myself, as I prepared it all by myself, for 6 people, and the taste was just perfect. The coconut chutney prepared as an accompaniment makes it a great combination. Try it out once for weekend treat for the family.
Don’t miss this wonderful recipe when avarekai is available.
Avarekalu Kadubu

Preparation time : 20 min
Cooking time : 25 min
Serves : 5-6

Akki tari / Rice rava - 3 cups
Avarekalu / Indian beans - 1 ½ cups
Water - 5 cups
Salt - 1 tsp
Ginger - 1” cube, grated
Coconut - 1 ½ Tbsp, grated or cut into very small pieces
Ghee - ½ Tbsp
Black pepper - 1-2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 2-3 tsp


• Cook Avarekalu/Indian beans in a pressure cooker with 5 cups of water and ½ tsp of salt for 3 whistles, or till cooked soft
• Meanwhile coarsely crush black pepper and cumin seeds
• Heat ghee in a large skillet, add crushed pepper and cumin seeds and allow to splutter; add grated ginger
• Add rice rava and roast on medium flame for 4-5 minutes or till a mild aroma fills the air. Make sure not to over roast
• Now mix the roasted rava into the pan with cooked avarekalu along with the water used for cooking and remaining salt as per taste.
• Mix thoroughly, ensuring no lumps are formed. Cook for 7-8 minutes till all the water is absorbed and a upma like lump is formed.
• Turn off the heat.
• When the mixture is still hot, take out a big spoon full of the mixture into a plate, wet your palms dipping in fresh cold water in a bowl, and form tight tennis sized balls. Move your palms briskly while pressing the ball and shaping it right, not allowing the palms to take the heat continuously
• Repeat it for the entire mixture, dipping your palms in water each time
• Now arrange these balls in a flat bowl and steam it, like you do for idlis on medium heat for 15 minutes
• Allow to cool slightly, and serve it with a dollop of ghee over it, and coconut chutney

Tips n Tricks:
• The dumpling balls should be made while the mixture is hot. Once it starts cooling, there will be no binding and the dumplings break. So, when cooled, re-heat the mixture with a little more water, and continue
• For kids, make smaller, marble sized balls, so that they’ll like eating one whole marble at one go

Coconut chutney

Preparation time : 5 min
Cooking time : 5 min
Serves : 5-6

Coconut - 1 cup, grated
Green chilies - 5-6, depending on taste
Chana dal - 2 Tsp
Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
Coriander leaves - 1 Tbsp, chopped
Asafoetida - a big pinch
Cooking oil - 1 tsp
Jaggery - a small pinch (optional)
Tamarind - a small marble sized ball
Salt - ½ Tsp or as per taste

For Tempering:
Cooking oil - 1 Tsp
Curry leaves - A few sprigs
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Asafetida - a pinch, powdered

• Roast chana dal, green chilies, curry leaves and asafetida in a tsp of oil
• Grind the above with all other ingredients, adding a little water if needed
• Transfer the ground chutney to a serving bowl
For tempering / tadka:
• Heat the oil in a pan, add mustard and allow to splutter
• Add asafetida and curry leaves
• Garnish the chutney with tadka

Tips n Tricks:
• Do not make the chutney too smooth – a little coarse consistency will give a better taste


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