Avarekalu Mixture | Vaal Namkeen is a shallow fried snack made using Hyacinth Bean. This bean is also referred as Field Bean or Surti Papdi. Avarekalu or Field Bean is much loved Bean in South Karnataka , especially around regions of Bangalore and Mysore. Avarekalu is seasonal and is available during winter season. During this season one can find Avarekalu from Idli , Dosa , Pulao , Bisibelebath , Upma , Roti , Namkeens , sweets and halwa too . Sarcastically it’s referred as Raining Avarekalu everywhere.

Avarekalu Mixture is basically a namkeen ,where de skin avarekalu is fried in oil ,mixed with fried peanuts , dry coconut , fried gram and tossed in with spices. This is a crunchy flavourful namkeen of the season . Avarekalu Mixture is my all time favourite and Mom never misses to do this for me during this winter season.

Making this avarekalu mixture is not at all difficult but the real tedious task is to peel the outer skin of Hyacinth Bean . Need to soak the avarekalu/field bean in water for minimum 6-8 hrs . Then press the bean between the fingers to remove the skin of the bean. Its fried in oil and then tossed with spices.

Other namkeen recipes on blog are : Congress Kadale Beeja , Baked Bhakarwadi and Roasted Makhana

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Avarekalu Mixture
Avarekalu Mixture | Vaal Namkeen
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Soaking Time
8 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

A crispy , spicy and flavourful fried snack prepared with Hyacinth Bean

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Indian, Karnataka
Keyword: Namkeen
Servings: 375 grams
Author: Muktha H S
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Avarekalu / Hyacinth Bean ,de skin
  • 1/3 cup Peanuts
  • 1/4 Cup Sliced Dry Coconut
  • 3 Tbsp Fried Gram
  • 4 sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 3 no's Dry Red Chilly
  • 2 big pinch Hing / Asafoetida
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Salt or as required
  • 100 ml Oil for frying or as required
Instructions
  1. Split open the Avarekai / Surti Papdi and separate the beans.

  2. Soak Avarekalu / beans in water for minimum 6-8 hrs.

  3. Press the bean between the thumb and forefinger , to deskin the bean

  4. Heat oil in pan , add beans into the hot oil. Add oil just enough to immerse the beans. Allow it to cook on medium heat. 

  5. When its about to done, oil starts to froth and beans becomes crunchy, it takes about 25- 30 minutes .

  6. Remove the fried beans from oil and place it on a kitchen paper towel to absorb excess oil.

  7. In the same pan , remove the excess oil . With just 1 Tsp of Oil , add peanuts , fried gram and fry well.

  8. Once peanuts are fried , add curry leaves , dry coconut pieces and fry well till golden brown.

  9. Add in fried avarekalu to the above mixture, add hing , salt , turmeric powder, sugar and red chilli powder, gently stir on low flame and mix well.

  10. Store in airtight jar .

Step by step directions on making of Avarekalu Mixture:

Split open the Avarekai / Surti Papdi and separate the beans.

Soak Avarekalu / beans in water for minimum 6-8 hrs.

Press the bean between the thumb and forefinger, to de skin the bean.

Heat oil in pan , add beans into hot oil. Add oil just enough to immerse the beans. Allow it to cook on medium heat. 

When its about to done, oil starts to froth and beans becomes crunchy, it takes about 25- 30 minutes.

Remove the fried beans from oil and place it on a kitchen paper towel to absorb excess oil.

In the same pan, remove the excess oil . With just 1 Tsp of Oil , add peanuts , fried gram and fry well. Once peanuts are fried, add dry coconut pieces , curry leaves and fry well till golden brown.

Add in fried avarekalu to the above mixture , add  hing , salt ,sugar, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Gently stir on low flame and mix well. 

Store in airtight jar .

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