Hitikavare Hisukida Avarekalu Saaru | Sambar made with Surti Papdi
Hitikida Avarekalu Saaru
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
Hitikida Avarekalu Saaru is a delicious winter recipe from Karnataka. It is essentially Surti Papdi (Avarekalu or Lilva Beans) cooked in a spicy gravy. This is an excellent accompaniment to Ragi Mudde.
Servings: 4 People
Author: Aruna
  • 1 Cup Avarekalu
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Tomato
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 2 tbsp Thick Tamarind Pulp
  • 1 tsp Grated Jaggery
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Ghee or Oil
  • To Taste Salt
For the Masala
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
  • 1.5 tbsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1.5 inch piece Cinnamon
  • 3 Cloves
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Finely Chopped (Optional)
  • 3 Marathi Moggu (Optional, substitute with 1 or 2 additional cloves)
  • 3-4 Red Chillies
  • 3 tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 1 tbsp Oil
Preparing the Poppy Seeds
  1. Over medium flame, dry roast the poppy seeds till they start to change colour.
  2. For 30 minutes, soak the roasted poppy seeds in just enough water to cover them.
  3. Set aside.
Preparing the Avarekalu
  1. Soak the Avarekalu in lukewarm water for 30 to 45 minutes.
  2. Press each Avarekai gently to take off the outer skin.
  3. Set aside.
Making the Masala
  1. In a kadai, heat 1 tbsp oil.
  2. Add the onions and sautee till they become translucent.
  3. Add the garlic.
  4. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
  5. Add the cinnamon, cloves, marathi moggu, and red chillies.
  6. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
  7. Add the cumin and coriander seeds.
  8. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
  9. Add the grated coconut and mix well.
  10. Turn off the heat.
  11. Set aside and let the ingredients cool a bit.
  12. Grind the fried ingredients along with the soaked poppy seeds and the water the seeds are soaked in.
  13. Ensure you have a smooth paste.
  14. Set aside.
Making the Hitikida Avarekalu Saaru
  1. In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat the ghee or oil.
  2. Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  3. Add the finely chopped onions and sti-fry till translucent.
  4. Add the finely chopped tomatoes and stir-fry till the tomato pieces are stewed.
  5. Add turmeric and salt.
  6. Add the ground masala and tamarind paste.
  7. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Add 1/2 cup water and mix well.
  9. Add the Avarekalu and mix well.
  10. Bring the gravy to a gentle simmer.
  11. Let the Avarekalu cook in the gravy for 7 to 10 minutes. Add more water, if required.
  12. When the Avarekalu are just cooked (take some avarekalu and press between your index finger and thumb. The Avarekai should just be soft and break. It should not be mushy.)
  13. Turn off the heat.
  14. Serve hot with steamed rice, Ragi Mudde, or even Phulka.