Chikkudikaya Nuvvulu Podi Kura (Lima Beans, Indian Broad Beans with Roasted Sesame Powder)

Chikkudikaya Kura with Nuvvula Podi
Chikkudikaya Kura with Nuvvula Podi

I really like chikkudikaya in all its forms. This Chikkudikaya Kura made with Indian Broad Beans is a particular favourite of mine.


  1. Chikkudikaya/Indian Broad Beans – 1/2 Kg
  2. Udad Dal – 1.5 tsp
  3. Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  4. Red Chillies – 3 or 4
  5. Curry Leaves – 6 to 8
  6. Nuvvula Podi – 1 tbsp
  7. Turmeric – A Large Pinch
  8. Tamarind Pulp – 1 tsp
  9. Oil – 1 tbsp
  10. Salt – 3/4 tbsp


  1. Wash and dry the chikkudikaya.
  2. Break off the end of each chikkudikaya and pull along the edge of the chikkudikaya to remove the stringy part along the edge.
  3. Open up chikkudikaya pod and separate the beans from the pod.
  4. Chop up the pods into 1″ pieces.
  5. Boil about 1.5 litres of water.
  6. Add turmeric and tamarind pulp.
  7. Add the beans and the pod pieces.
  8. Add the salt.
  9. Over medium, cook covered for about 10 mins and cook till the beans are just par boiled.
  10. Drain the water completely from the beans.
  11. In a wok/kadai, heat the oil.
  12. Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  13. Add the udad dal and fry till golden brown.
  14. Add split red chillies and curry leaves, and fry for a minute.
  15. Add the beans and mix well.
  16. Cook for about 5 mins.
  17. Turn off the heat.
  18. Add nuvvula podi and mix well.
  19. Serve hot with rice or chapatis.

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