Saturday, January 28, 2012

Avarakkai Curry-Broad Beans Curry Recipe

Today we will learn a very simple vegetable curry prepared with Broad beans/flat beans (avarakkai in Tamil, Sem in Hindi).It goes well with both rice and chapati. Learn how to make Sem sabji/broad beans curry - the North Indian style.

Avarakkai Curry-Broad Beans Curry

Avarakkai/Broad beans curry/Sem Sabji

Avarakkai/Broad beans curry/Sem Sabji

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineNorth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Broad beans -1/4 kg (250 grams)
   Onion - 1 big or 3/4 cup finely chopped
   Ripe Tomatoes chopped -1 cup
   Salt as needed

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
   Chilli powder -1 tsp
   Coriander powder - 2 tsp
   Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)

  For the seasoning

   Oil -1 tbsp
   Cumin seeds/Jeera -1 tsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp


String the beans, wash and cut it into small pieces as shown in the picture.


Heat oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, when it splutters, add onion and saute till onions turn light brown.

Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and cook till tomatoes become slightly mushy.

Add chopped broad beans and salt required. Sprinkle water and cook till it becomes soft. (Sprinkle water and stir in between for even cooking and to prevent it from getting burnt.)

Note - You can cook it in a pressure pan also without the weight.

You can add ginger garlic paste, if you prefer, after you saute the onions.

Meet you all again with more interesting recipes, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. I've always wondered what people do with broad beans.....This is worth a try.thanks for sharing.

  2. Mouthwatering Recipe..


  3. Me loves avarakkai curry. You have a great space, by the way.

  4. Just love this curry simply with rasam rice..lovely presentation.

  5. Wow! That's delicious Paddu. I used to do Avaraikkai without onion and tomato. Will try it out your way! I used to refer to your blog for most of the cooking stuff! Thanks!

  6. simple yet delicious curry to go well with rasam rice

  7. I love broad beans.. This is a simple n healthy recipe..

  8. Hi Padhu, hope you are doing great :-)
    That's a simple and delicious dish

  9. nice curry..adding a cup of grated coconut may make it even more delicious..


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