Rasam & Sambhar

South Indian lentil based gravy varieties

Avarekalu Gashi

Avarekalu or lilva or hyacinth or field beans is popularly used in cuisine of Karnataka. There are many dishes you can prepare with avarekalu and many reasons to love it!

For those who do not find this ‘bean’ very exciting I urge you to still go ahead and pick it up. Try out this gashi which is a family recipe. The avarekalu is simmered in freshly grated coconut masala. The marriage of avarekalu with minimum spices and some tamarind for that tang makes it a very comforting dish. 

The gashi tastes good with either rice or chapathis or even with raagi mudde.

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Life seems to be passing by too quickly and hence it is more important to live in the present and spend time with your loved ones, doing things you enjoy. And also you need to hurry up and get a batch of avarekalu before the season comes to an end!

And if we do not make time to do our favourite things, you will never get around to do them in the near future as well. Time will pass you by and your life would just turn robotic.

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Avarekalu Gashi
Serves 5
Avarekalu or Field beans cooked in coconut gravy
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup avarekalu (field/ hyacint beans)
  2. 1 potato
  3. 1 onion
  4. 2 cloves garlic
  5. few curry leaves
  6. 3 tbsp coriander leaves
Paste
  1. 1/2 coconut
  2. 1" ginger
  3. 2-4 cloves garlic
  4. 1" cinnamon
  5. 4 cloves
  6. 1 large tomato
  7. 1 large onion
  8. 3-6 dry red chilli (or 1 tsp red chilli powder)
  9. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Instructions
  1. Wash avarekalu. Peel and cube potato. Slice/ chop onions. Peel and chop garlic.
  2. In a pressure cooker heat oil. Add onion, garlic and curry leaves. Fry till onions are translucent.
  3. Add paste and fry till raw smell goes.
  4. Add avarekalu, potato, coriander leaves, salt, water as required. Close and cook up to 1 whistle.
  5. Serve hot with rice, akki rotti, dosa, chapathis, ragi mudde.
Notes
  1. 1. You can add a small piece tamarind when grinding paste.
  2. 2. You could first fry the paste ingredients (except coconut) in 2 tsp oil till aromatic. Last add coconut and switch off flame. Cool and grind.
  3. 3. You could cook avarekalu separately and then mix with seasonings and masala and simmer.
  4. 4. For thickness you can add 2 tbsp avarekalu when you grind paste.
  5. 5. You could also add 2 tsp coriander seeds and 1/2 tsp cumin seeds for paste.
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The monsoon season reminds me of school days. Of carefree days when the day`s strategy was to attend classes, play, eat, some more play, homework and more play! The rains were perhaps the best. We found delight in getting drenched in the rains. The rain drops caressing our cheeks felt like pure joy. All the sorrows were forgotten as we splashed about in the puddles. We all played and read with a spirit of togetherness. The future then seemed good and bright, even without a clear view. Life was full of happiness and bliss.

 

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Pepper Curry, to soothe the frozen soul…

 

“In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me an INVINCIBLE summer.”

~Albert Camus

The night was cold and seemed to drag on endlessly. The moon had curled up and hidden itself in the darkness of the sky. The cold winter creeping in showed no mercy on her. As she lay on her bed, staring out into the star-less sky, she could envision days ahead filled only with more darkness and frigidness from the harsh winter. Oh, where had the summer gone? When would spring come alive once again to fill her world with sweet scented roses? The night seemed to hold no promise of better days. The cold winds blowing in through the window held no signs of hope and compassion. The howling wind seemed to mock at her, laugh at the state she was in. She got up and shut the window to keep out the hopelessness of that night. 

 

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Time is of the essence

The clock keeps ticking. The seconds keep on moving. Time never stands still. It waits for none. The clock does not stop for you if you are late to catch the train. The train is the vehicle that takes you to different destinations in life. You need to reach the station on time to catch the right train. So time can be said to be the most valuable thing on earth. For you cannot buy it, control it, change it, stop it. Rather it controls you, rules you and you need to always catch up with it and not the other way round. You may be the richest or the strongest in the world but time can never be in your control. The value of time is unfathomable. 

 

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“Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.” ~Ludwig van Beethoven

The weather is chilly from the rains and suggestive of having something warm during mealtimes. And soups are so not far behind. Soup is one basic food in all countries. Existence of soup can be found as far as 6000 BC. It can be served as an appetizer or part of the main course even. From light, clear soups to thick, creamy soups, hot to cold, soups basically provide nourishment. The flavors reflect the local spices and other ingredients synonymous with the region.

 

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Pleasant and happy memories of our childhood usually center around the times spent at our native place and being pampered endlessly by our grandparents. A hearty breakfast of steamingly hot idlis or poha is followed by running about carelessly amidst velvety green fields. The scorching sun does not seem to ‘burn’ our spirits as we explore with great gusto the mysteries of mother nature! The berries and fruits growing on trees are a sheer delight and without a second thought we grab them and bite into freshly plucked fruits and taste the sweetness of nature, in its purest form!

 

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When ‘authentic’ gives way to ‘contemporary’, occassionally…

Pleasant and happy memories of our childhood usually center around the times spent at our native place and being pampered endlessly by our grandparents. A hearty breakfast of steamingly hot idlis or poha is followed by running about carelessly amidst velvety green fields. The scorching sun does not seem to ‘burn’ our spirits as we explore with great gusto the mysteries of mother nature! The berries and fruits growing on trees are a sheer delight and without a second thought we grab them and bite into freshly plucked fruits and taste the sweetness of nature, in its purest form!

 

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