Thursday, November 22, 2007

Avarekalu Rotti

Avarekai reminds of the most authentic aromatic dishes like Rotti, kodubale, nippattu, sambhar the list is endless. In bangalore the deskinned avarekalu called 'hitaka bele' is sold in a few places. The rotti and sambhar with this is out of the world.

In English the name of Avarekai is either Flat Beans or Field Beans .They are grown in India and elsewhere, mainly during summer.The definition of a field bean - Old World upright plant grown especially for its large flat edible seeds but also as fodder.Other names for the field bean is:broad-bean, broad-bean plant, English bean, European bean, Vicia faba..

Rotti is a flat pancake made it either rice flour or Finger millet flour(ragi). Avarekalu rotti represents typical karnataka breakfast food. Here is the recipe


Avarekalu (papdi lilva)/Hitakabele if available -- 1cup

Grated coconut or fresh coconut pieces--1/2 cup

Rice flour -2cups

jeera 1tbsp

Sabsige soppu/dill-1small bunch

butter milk--1/2 cup

oil , salt and water..


microwave avarekalu till tender with a pinch of salt. Drain and reserve the drained water. In a mixing bowl, add rice flour and all the other ingrediants with chopped dill and mix it with buttermilk. If the mixture is too dry, add the reserved water for mixing. The consistency should be like a soft chapati dough. Now smear this with 2tsp oil and keep it aside for 15mins.

Take a non stick pan, smear your hands with oil , take a small piece of the dough and using your fingers spread it around the pan. The oil on your palm will help you expand the dough to the thick ness you want..

on a medium flame cook the rotti till brown spots appear. smear it with ghee or butter and serve with cold yogurt.

Optional: cook the rotti and garnish with fresh grated coconut and serve..


Ramya's Mane Adige said...

nice recipe!!! One of my fav!!!

SHUBHA said...

nice recipe... will surely try it out...:)

bindu said...

I just love Avarekalu rotti but cant get Avarekalu anywhere in US. Can you tell me from where did you get it??

Paru ... said...


You can find Averekalu from the freezer section in any indian grocery store. It is called papdi lilva..Occasionally they do sell the fresh ones as well. Keep an eye out for them..
Another option I have tried is to use dried Avarekalu which is readily available in most indian stores. Get a pack, dry roast a cup of it for a few minutes till it starts to pop up, soak them , boil them till soft and add it to the rotti..This is a good alternative..Do try it..