Avarekalu Bisi Bele Bath – A Recipe from Karnataka

Avarekalu Bisi Bele Bath or Huli Anna

Winter means Avarekalu (Surti Papdi, Lilva Beans, or Hyacinth Bean) in plenty. In Karnataka, Avarekai is a cherished delicacy. These beans are used generously in an assortment of dishes. I made Avarekalu Bisi Bele Bath yesterday and it was quite a hit in my home.

I have already posted the recipe for Bisi Bele Huli Anna and this recipe is very similar except that it uses Avarekalu.

How to Make Avarekalu Bisi Bele Bath

Avarekalu Bisi Bele Bath
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Avarekalu or Avarekai (Surti Papdi, Lilva Beans, Or Hyacinth Beans) are a winter specialty that people of Karnataka cherish and relish. Kannadigas use it in a great number of dishes and today I am using it to make Bisi Bele Bath. Avarekalu Bisi Bele Huli Anna is a great medley of vegetables (Avarekai included), lentils and rice that is a superb one-dish meal in itself. 🙂
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian, Karnataka
Servings: 4
Author: Aruna
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 3/4 Cup Pigeon Pea or Tuvar Dal
  • 1 Small Carrot
  • 10 to 12 French Beans
  • 10 to 12 Shallots or Madras Onions
  • 100 Gms Avarekalu
  • 1/4 Cup Peanuts
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 3 tbsp Thick Tamarind Pulp
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Ghee Use oil for the vegan version
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida
  • A Few Curry Leaves
  • Salt to Taste
For the Bisi Bele Bath Masala
  • 1 tbsp Bengal or Chana Dal Gram
  • 1 tbsp Black or Udad Dal Gram
  • 4 Red Chillies
  • 1.5" Piece Cinnamon
  • 3 Marathi Moggu
  • 3 Cloves
  • 2 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 2 Petals Mace or Javithri
  • 1/4 tsp Methi Seeds
  • 8 to 10 Pepper Corns
  • 1/2 tsp Poppy Seeds or Khus Khus
  • 2 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 1 tsp Oil


Avarekalu Bisi Bele Bath


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