Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Avare- Chicken Curry

Avare- Chicken Curry
Avarekalu (Hyancinth Beans), one of the Bangalorean's favorite beans and they prepare almost all yummy dishes from this seasonal beans. We had been to 'Avarekalu Mela' too which happens in Bangalore every year during this season. I was  amazed to see the dishes they prepared from avarekalu including sweets like Gulab Jamoon, Mysore Pak, Son Papdi and many more. We tasted  Akki Roti, Ragi Roti, Vada and Holige, all made with avarekalu. Hmmmm....Yummy. Avaekalu Akki Roti was in super demand ofcourse.
Coming back to my dish, I had tasted Mutton dish prepared with Avarekalu. Tried my hands on this dish, substituting Mutton with Chicken for dinner and I must say it was a hit. A must try dish who loves Avarekalu in any form. Even if you don't like the beans, avoid it and just keep it simple with just chicken. 

Ingredients

Avarekalu (Hyancinth Beans) - 1/2 cup or more

Chicken - 750 g

Methi leaves chopped - 1/2 cup

Fresh coriander leaves - 1/4 cup

Tomato - 2 chopped


To grind 

Coconut grated - 1/2 cup

Khus Khus - 1 and 1/2 tsp

Laung - 4

Dalchini - 1 inch

Green Cardamom -  2

Onion - 2 chopped

Green Chilli - 4

Red chilli - 5 to 6

Peppercorn - 5

Ginger - Garlic Paste - 1 tbsp

Dhania Powder - 3 tsp

Jeera/cumin seeds - 3/4 tsp

Method

1. Make a paste of all the ingredients mentioned under 'To grind' 

2. Take a cooker, add 1 tbsp oil and add chicken pieces. Add in all the ingredients- masala paste, avarekalu, methi leaves, coriander leaves and tomato. Add salt to taste. 

3. Add water to the required consistency, mix well. Close the cooker lid and cook it till 1 or 2 whistle. This is optional, you can cook it directly without the cooker too but make sure avarekalu is already cooked.

Serve it with chapati, dosa, idli or even with hot steamed rice.


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