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Avarakkai Poriyal | Broad Beans Stir Fry | Simple Vegetable stir fry recipe

Life has been pretty hectic for me, the dull weather here is also adding to my blues. Most times I am so occupied with day to day chores at home that I don't get time to blog like before. But I promise to visit and feed my little space every week. Of late I am more into a vegetarian diet, I am restricting my non veg craving to 1 day a week, mostly weekend. I must say that I am feeling more full and eating healthy. Also to add to this I am staying away from sweets and desserts. So today with my vegan diet fever I am sharing a simple vegetable stir fry that can go with rice and curry.

Avarakkai / Broad beans is from the beans family, they have a  distinct shape ie. flat and broad. Their flavor is quite unique from that of the regular french beans. Very popular and staple in south Indian vegetarian meals. Amma always makes this vegetable to go with sambar, rasam or puli kuzhambhu. 


Serves - 2 generously
Cook & Prep time - 15 mins
Serving Suggestion - White rice, curry and appalam


Broad beans stir fry - 1 bowl (cut into 2" pieces)
Onion - 1 small chopped fine
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste


Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
hing - a pinch
Curry leaves - 3-4 leaves
Dry red chili - 1 


Heat a kadai and do the seasoning. Add the onions and saute till golden brown. Add the beans and stir fry well for 2 mts. Add the masala powders and enough water to cook the beans. Check for salt and spice. Serve hot with steamed rice and curry.

Cooks Wisdom

Add 2 tbsp of shredded coconut to enhance taste.


  1. perfect side dish with sambar rice...........

  2. Simple yet healthy... Love it

  3. i follow the same method priya.. but i use it to make sambar more often..

  4. Healthy side dish dear...lovely presentation...

  5. i love any form of beans in this format... looks really yum...

  6. Simple and healthy stir fry. Loved it.

  7. My fav,it shoulb be ther in my cooking most of the time...yum...

  8. Very healthy and delicious avarakkai poriyal, love the clicks...

  9. Love your clicks & your stir fry looksvery fresh & healthy

  10. Healthy veggie :) And fab clicks too !!

  11. Love this broad beans stir fry simply with a bowl of rice,my favourite.

  12. healthy stir fry n my fav too :-)

  13. perfectly toasted and my one fav veggie

  14. hey Priya why are u in a blue mood? :-) And for what are you dieting? But restricting non-veg to once a week is a good idea...i should try that as well. Apparently living in US gives to more access to non-veg than veg unless you really try hard to be on a veggie diet :-)
    Love the dish. I'm guessing my mom also used to make the same when we were small...not sure if we get the same beans here as well though.

  15. my H likes this poriyal a lot :) yummy looking poriyal dear :)

  16. one of my fav poriya da, i love to add chilli n coriander powder to it try it next time, u have sauteed the veg perfectly...looks green n yumm!

  17. Love this curry, done perfectly..

  18. My amma also used to make this always. Good luck for ur diet plan. Nice clicks of the poriyal.

  19. AnonymousJune 15, 2013

    This is my favorite. I really want to cook this because I am a vegetarian. The Recipe for Stir Fry Sauce of it was new to me. I hope that I can make it perfect.

  20. Poriyal looks yummy.. Nice clicks..


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