Avarakkai Kadala Paruppu Curry


Usually my Amma prepares Avarakkai without adding onion. During my schools days, when mom is out of station, we used to have meals in “Data Udipi Hotel” in Chennai. One day, Avarakkai curry was there in the menu. After seeing that, I was totally disappointed, as I was expecting some fried stuff like Potato, Plaintain etc. But after tasting the curry, I was pleasantly surprised with the taste. I never tasted this combo before – onion, dal and coconut in Avarakkai curry, with coconut oil flavor. Since I liked the taste my Amma use to re-create their preparation in her own style. This side dish goes well any Rice Accompaniment.

Avarakkai Kadala Parappu Curry

Preparation time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins | SoakingTime :10 mins | Serves: 3

Recipe Category: Side dish


Avarakkai / Broad beans – 2 cups, chopped

Channa dal – 1/4 cup

Grated coconut – 4 tbsp 

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Coconut Oil – 1 tsp

Mustard seeds – 1/8 tsp

Urad dal – 1/4 tsp

Channa dal – 1/4 tsp

Green chillies – 1

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Asafoetida – a pinch

Salt – as needed



  • Soak Channa dal in Luke warm water for 10 minutes
  • Cook Broad beans and Channa dal (can cook in boiling water or microwave for 8 – 10 minutes) and strain the water


  • Add oil to the pan, and when it is hot, add the mustard seeds, urad dal and channa dal. After the dal turns light brown color, add red chillis and  curry leaves. Add onion and cook till onions are translucent


  • Add the cooked Broad beans and channa dal to the onions and cook for 2 -3 minutes. Add coconut and saute for a minute and switch off




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16 thoughts on “Avarakkai Kadala Paruppu Curry

  1. Namrata November 21, 2014 at 3:00 AM Reply

    Awesome! defntly trying it.

  2. apsara November 19, 2014 at 12:54 PM Reply

    I like this version, looks protein-rich with chana dal!

  3. The Gastronomic Bong November 19, 2014 at 10:18 AM Reply

    Looks delicious, Vidya!! Love the flavours.. 🙂

  4. apuginthekitchen November 19, 2014 at 7:34 AM Reply

    It looks wonderful, I love broad beans and combining with dal sounds delicious. Do you serve with rice?

  5. My Kitchen Moments November 19, 2014 at 6:14 AM Reply

    I like Avarakkai with grated coconut stir fried in coconut oil. But at home we never add onions.. This is new, once in a while can try adding onions to the avarakkai kadalai paruppu curry!

  6. Chitra Jagadish November 19, 2014 at 4:35 AM Reply

    Wow droolicious combo. … I can finish entire bowl … yummm

  7. Priya Shiva November 18, 2014 at 11:22 PM Reply

    Avarakkai Kadala Paruppu usli looks so delicious!! Nice healthy combo dear..

  8. Aruna Panangipally November 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM Reply

    This is new to me. I make plain Avarakkai but I think I will love this too. 🙂

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