Friday, December 25, 2009

Hituk Bele Saaru (Papdi Lilva curry)

Papdi Lilva in kannada is Avarekayi. It is a very popular legume in Karnataka and imparts a distinct flavor to the dish. Here is one of the dish you can prepare with Papdi Lilva.

1. Onions - 2 large
2. Curry leaves - 30
3. Garlic - 15
4. Poppy seeds - 3/4 th of a small cup
5. Powdered coconut - 1/2 of a large cup
6. Coriander seeds - 3/4 th of a large cup
7. Cumin seeds - 2 table spoons
8. Papdi Lilva - 1 Kg
9. Dried Red chillies - 20
10. Ghee - Clarified butter 5 spoons
11. Salt to taste
12. Mustard seeds - 1 tea spoon
13. Oil - 1 table spoon

Soak the Papdi Lilva over night and shell the skin of each bean by squeezing each bean between your index and thumb finger.
Cut onions into half and slice it thinly length wise.
On a roasting pan, heat 1 table spoon oil and roast onion, cumin seeds, curry leaves. Pick a hand full of white beans among the papdi lilva and roast with onions till onions turn golden brown
Transfer the roasted contents in to a blender.
On the same roasting pan, roast coriander seeds and red chillies for about 2 minutes and transfer them into the blender containing roasted onions and blend into a fine paste adding half cup water.
In a separate vessel, heat ghee and add all of the Papdi Lilva and saute for about 5 minutes.
Add the ground paste to papdi lilva and about 1 cup water and bring to boil.
Cook for about 10 mins till the papdi lilva is thoroughly cooked.
Now, in a mixer, add powdered coconut and poppy seeds and half cup water and blend into a fine paste.
Add this to the cooking papdi lilva. Add enough salt and bring to boil.
Peel garlic and cut into small pieces
In a frying pan heat the ghee and add mustard seeds. Add garlic and transfer the contents to boiling papdi lilva curry. Saute well.
Hituk bele saaru is ready ! Enjoy it with Puri, chapathi or dosa !

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