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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Avarekalu Usli | Mochai Sundal | Karnataka Special

Avarekalu sundal - sundal prepared with dried mochai beans. Avarekalu  also called mochai in tamil ,surati papdi in gujarathi.papti /vaal in maharatshtra. We don't get fresh beans here in US,I buy dried beans and keep it.I love mocha kulambu and masala very much.When ever i remember , i will soak and prepare something interesting.Will soon bring more dishes using hyacinth beans in mykitchenodyssey.
avarekalu usli1

    One day when i ate kidney bean sundal in friends house i loved it so much.I don't know why ,it was very different and very tasty.I tried to replicate it using mochai payaru.This was prasad for lord ganesh on vinayagar chathurthi.It was indeed very tasty and very different.I love masala sundal and pattani sundal for prasad ,each of them prepared with own masala.If you like easy sundal or don't have time then go for pasipayaru or kadala paruppu.
avarekalu usli2

    I never prepared sundal with onions but this usli is prepared with onion .One of the specialities of karnataka.Two of my kannadiga friends always prepare this usli ,i got the recipe from them.I tried to reciprocate the usli recipe using avarekalu a karnataka special bean that  comes on the market around january month.
      This usli can be eaten as a snack or can be had with chapathi if you prepare with little spice.You can also do with other beans like kidney beans,peas etc.
avarekalu usli3

                                                     Averekalu Usli                                   

mochai sundai                                How to make avarekalu usli recipe 

 Cuisine: Karnataka  Category:Snack Prep time:1 hour 30 minutes  Cook time:20 minutes  Total Time:2 hours

  • 1/2 cup dried avarekalu/mochai.
  • 2 tbsp coconut (for garnishing).
  • 1 green chili/pacha milagai.
  • few curry leaves/karivepillai.
  • 1 tbsp oil.
  • little mustard seeds/kadugu.
  • little urad dal/uluntham paruppu.
  • little hing.
  • 1 onion.
  • Soak averekalu beans in boiling water for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.You can soak them for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Drain the excess water .Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  • In a pan add 1 tsp of oil.When its hot add mustard seeds and urad dal.
  • When they are popping ,add curry leaves and hing.
  • Add chopped onions,green chili and saute until onions are translucent.
  • Add pressure cooked beans along with water.Add required salt .
  • When most of the water has evoporated, add grated coconut.Give a stir 
  • Avarekalu sundal ready for prasad or snack.


  1. Mochai -- Nothing beats fresh Mochai sundal.. I also end up doing dried one .. This looks amazing..

  2. Never heard this before....looks so interesting and yummy......... :)

  3. Mochai sundal is new , we normally add to sambar and kuzhambu... quite interesting, i have to try this!

  4. We prepare vaalachi usal in maharashtra, but your version is quite light... ours is a little spicier one... Loved this :) Ages since i had Vaal


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