Avarakkai poduthuval (South Indian broad beans curry)

This is crazy! I know that an hour from now I should be rushing to office and yet I cannot stop myself from sharing this recipe, not that it is exotic!

Yesterday I was taking photographs of the broad beans curry I had prepared when little ‘A’ walked in:

“Yeh kya kar rahe ho aap?”, says A. [What are you doing?]”Photo nikaal rahi hoon, beta.” [Taking snaps, baby]. She knows very well that I am taking snaps and that they will show up on the computer, but she is a naughty, cheeky and cherubic four year old who gets her way in subtle ways. Right then I knew she wanted to be involved some way in the snaps. I have way too many pictures of her in a separate folder. You too will go camera happy if you see her – she is such a perfect little model!”Mein kuch karoon?” [May I help?], she asks, tilting her pretty little face slightly to the left and flashing me a smile that will melt even Mrs.Trunchbull! I took a few pictures of her but she still looked at the dish, smiled at me and I relented!

“Sirf aapke haath nikaaloongi. Is subzi ko haath me pakad ke rakhogi? Bilkul hilna math!”, I gave in on impulse. [I will only take shots of your hand. Will you hold the dish? Don’t move at all!]

She gave in her all, bending and perfectly cupping the dish in her chubby hennaed palms. I wish you could see her concentration. She stood still, biting on her tongue for added concentration. This was the result and I couldn’t wait to show it to the world. She added so much life to the otherwise mundane Tambrahm dish!


Recipe: Avarakkai Poduthuval | Broad beans with coconut


Broad beans (Avarakkai) – String, clean, chop fine – 1/2 kg
Salt to taste
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp.


Coconut oil – 1tsp.
Mustard seeds – 1tsp.
Bengal gram dal/ Black gram dal – 1tsp.


Fresh shredded coconut – 3 tbsp.


Steam the chopped beans till just done mixing salt and turmeric. I let it retain a crunch.

Heat oil in a deep wok/kadhai. Splutter mustard seeds and add the lentils. When they turn pink add the drained beans.

Stir fry on medium heat till the curry becomes absolutely dry.

Mince a tablespoon of coconut with green chillies crushing roughly in a mortar.

Garnish the curry with the above mince and the rest of the coconut.

Serve hot with rice, rasam or sambar.

When I wrapped up the click I told ‘A’, “Ab mein ise net pe chadaooingi aur aapke baare mein likhoongi.” [Now I will upload this and write about you]

“Kya likhoge?” [What will you write]

“Yehi ki ‘A’ aayi thi….”, [Just that ‘A’ was here….]

“A? mera naam Aarya hai, A-A-R-Y-A. Aapko spelling nahi patha tha?” she interrupted.

[A? My name is Aarya, A-A-R-Y-A. You did not know the spelling?]

I do, Aarya. I do. Now you all do too just as she wanted you to.


Harini is a vegan food photographer, writer and recipe developer. She also loves feeding birds, reading, watching crime thrillers, and travelling amongst other things.

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  • Uma

    Little A has made the curry look more pretty. Cute little hands, soo lovely! Great clicks and the curry looks so delicious 🙂

  • Curry Leaf

    Dearie love the post and the cute hands with poduthuval.i am not a big fan of avarakkai but this one sure gets a nod from all in the house.

  • Avisha

    nice simple recipe and what makes it special is those little hands.These little kids… our world

  • Padma

    Cute little curious hands … and nice click … simple and tasty recipe 🙂

  • Dibs

    Avarakkai couldn't get more glamourous! Folks wear rings and bangles – but your little friend adorns avrakkai in style :-))))

  • Nithya Praveen

    Cute lil hands…she definetly added lot of life to the typical tambrahm dish:-)I liked her name too.

  • meeso

    Awwww, that's so cute! "but she is a naughty, cheeky and cherubic four year old who gets her way in subtle ways" … So, so cute! I love little kids, I can't wait to have more 🙂

  • notyet100

    nice name,..nd pefect click,.;-)


    Wow I love this to eat with ghee and rice mixed:)
    Cute picture Harini:)

  • Kalai

    Lovely dish and even more lovingly held by your sweet girl! Awesome pics! 🙂

  • anudivya

    Aww how cute! I couldn't deny her myself if she asked me with a childish smile and that tilt of her head you talk about!
    So when does she want to model her hands for me? 🙂

  • Simran

    Cho chweet!

    That was for Aarya of course 🙂

    How's the commute?

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  • Cilantro

    Cute little hands… definitely has made the curry look pretty and delicious.

  • Sunshinemom

    I am going to kiss Aarya for all of you:)

    Sharmila, I saw it for the umpteenth time the night before on Z studio!! I wonder who acted as Mrs.Trunchbull – she was really menacing! My daughter loves the book.

  • Pooja

    Lovely click! Simple and yummy dish 🙂

  • A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine

    We also make this at home, but yours is so special that too when the Mehendi clad little hands are holding them. SO nice and refreshing photo.

  • Sharmila

    Hey Harini! I spent the afternoon in front of the telly as I was not feeling too well … and watched Matilda on Zstudio. And now I see you remembered Trunchbull in the morn! Little A is cute and that dish is gorgeous! 🙂

  • Happy cook

    She do have perfect hand with mehndi one.

  • Vani

    Aw.. how cute is Aarya! 🙂 Loved the bhaji and the clicks

  • Deepika

    Lovely snap, Harini! 🙂
    I love these simple curries, I make them often at home using different vegetables. Great work!

  • Khaugiri

    Such a sweet discription for simple dish 🙂 Aarya's hands looks so lovely with the curry and light mehandi on her hand……. just to GR8!!!!

  • Kitchen Flavours

    Love those cute lil' mehendi hands of A holding the pic….Picture mein jaan dal di A ne… really…God bless… Coming to curry…it looks simply yum….

  • rekhas kitchen

    one of my favorite vegetable simple and very comfort, nice recipe.

  • Aparna

    One of my favourites, and love your pics. You have one very sweet assistant. 🙂

  • SJ

    Harini, I looked everywhere couldn't find ARAYA in other posts. Congrats!!! Jr. P and Jr. H must be so happy no 😛 My mom makes this just like you. As usual, nice pics ~sigh~

  • Shama Nagarajan

    nice recipe..yummy

  • Purnima

    How Cute! She's like my 4.5yr old gal, same dialogues at my place..pls may I take the snap? May I cook, main banaun, mujhe karna hai…n the No transforms into a Haan!! Lovely curry here, n yes, posting can b addictive! (Hope u r on ur way now as I type this! :D) Loved the Poduthuval here!

  • Parita

    Wow harini thats gorgeous click..looks so tempting

  • Prathibha

    Oh wow those little cute hands are holding that simple dish ….thats a nice click…Aarya is very cute name..

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