Avarakkai poduthuval (South Indian broad beans curry)

This is crazy! I know that an hour from now I should be rushing to office and yet I cannot stop myself from sharing this recipe, not that it is exotic!

Yesterday I was taking photographs of the broad beans curry I had prepared when little 'A' walked in:

"Yeh kya kar rahe ho aap?", says A. [What are you doing?]

"Photo nikaal rahi hoon, beta." [Taking snaps, baby]. She knows very well that I am taking snaps and that they will show up on the computer, but she is a naughty, cheeky and cherubic four year old who gets her way in subtle ways. Right then I knew she wanted to be involved some way in the snaps. I have way too many pictures of her in a separate folder. You too will go camera happy if you see her - she is such a perfect little model!

"Mein kuch karoon?" [May I help?], she asks, tilting her pretty little face slightly to the left and flashing me a smile that will melt even Mrs.Trunchbull! I took a few pictures of her but she still looked at the dish, smiled at me and I relented!

"Sirf aapke haath nikaaloongi. Is subzi ko haath me pakad ke rakhogi? Bilkul hilna math!", I gave in on impulse. [I will only take shots of your hand. Will you hold the dish? Don't move at all!]

She gave in her all, bending and perfectly cupping the dish in her chubby hennaed palms. I wish you could see her concentration. She stood still, biting on her tongue for added concentration. This was the result and I couldn't wait to show it to the world. She added so much life to the otherwise mundane Tambrahm dish!

Broad beans in Aarya's hands

The recipe is pretty simple!

Broad beans (Avarakkai) - String, clean, chop fine - 1/2 kg
Salt to taste
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp.

Coconut oil - 1tsp.
Mustard seeds - 1tsp.
Bengal gram dal/ Black gram dal - 1tsp.

Fresh shredded coconut - 3 tbsp.

Steam the chopped beans till just done mixing salt and turmeric. I let it retain a crunch.

Heat oil in a deep wok/kadhai. Splutter mustard seeds and add the lentils. When they turn pink add the drained beans.

Stir fry on medium heat till the curry becomes absolutely dry.

Mince a tablespoon of coconut with green chillies crushing roughly in a mortar.

Garnish the curry with the above mince and the rest of the coconut.

Serve hot with rice, rasam or sambar.

When I wrapped up the click I told 'A', "Ab mein ise net pe chadaooingi aur aapke baare mein likhoongi." [Now I will upload this and write about you]

"Kya likhoge?" [What will you write]

"Yehi ki 'A' aayi thi....", [Just that 'A' was here....]

"A? mera naam Aarya hai, A-A-R-Y-A. Aapko spelling nahi patha tha?" she interrupted.
[A? My name is Aarya, A-A-R-Y-A. You did not know the spelling?]

I do, Aarya. I do!! Now you all do too just as she wanted you to!

Have a great day and wish me luck - I am late!!

Avarakkai poduthuval

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