Saturday, March 18, 2017


#SwordBeansStirFry : #SwordBeans is called #Valavaraikkai or #Valavarangai in Tamil. We had been to Regional Agricultural Research Station at Ambalavayal in Wayanad district. The agricultural products from the Research station are being marketed through an outlet near the entrance. We used to get this vegetable at Villivakkam market in Chennai. After a long long time I happened to see sword beans and I immediately bought it. I always used to prepare thuvatal [ stir fry ] using sword beans.
Here comes the recipe.

Sword beans stir fry

Ingredients :
1/4 kgSword beans [ valavaraikkai ]
1/2 TspSambar Powder
1 pinchTurmeric powder
1 TbspCoconut scrapping
1/2 TspSalt [ adjust ]
To Temper :
1/2 TspMustard seeds
1 TspSplit black lentil
1Red chilly
1/2 TspOil

Method :
Remove top and bottom and also the fiber present along the edges of Valavaraikkai [ sword beans ].
Chop nicely into thin pieces.

Keep a cooker with 1/2 cup of water on a stove.
Add Sambar Powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Mix well and add avaraikkai.
Close the lid with weight ON.
Cook for a whistle and immediately release the steam by removing the weight.
Or by keeping the cooker under running water.

Open the cooker and transfer the cooked vegetable into a plate or bowl.
Keep a kadai with oil on a stove over medium flame.
Splutter mustard seeds and then add broken pieces of red chilly & split black lentil.

Add cooked vegetable once lentil turns gold in color and increase the flame to HIGH.
Stir continuously with a ladle to remove excess water.
Add coconut scrap and stir well for a few seconds only as the vegetable has already been cooked well.
Transfer into a serving bowl.
A very good side dish for sambar rice and rasam rice.

Sword beans stir fry

Some more curry recipes you might like to try

Kothavarangai [ cluster beans ] Poriyal Avaraikkai [ broad beans ] Poriyal Muttaikos [ cabbage ] Poriyal Cauliflower Poriyal Pudalangai Poriyal