Avarekai Curry (val Beans/hyacinth Beans Curry)
I get very excited when I meet someone from a different culture who teaches me their recipes in the authentic style. My maid Bhagya comes from an agrarian family in Karnataka. She loves gardening though I never compel her to do anything in the garden. She also knows my love for cooking and shares ever produce from her farm. Recently she introduced me to avarekai also known as avarai. These beans resemble lima beans and are harvested in the months of October- December in Karnataka. In fact the harvest of this bean is a celebration here in Karnataka. There is an exclusive fest held for these beans where farmers bring their produce and sell just these beans in one market. It is a sight to watch all the farmers travel from nearby villages on their tractors and mopeds for this mega sale.I got my share of avarekai from Bhagya and had to clean them fighting a ton load of worms (because Bhagya's family does not use pesticides). You also need to soak these beans in water and take them out of their covering before cooking them. Avarekai is cooked as stir fry, sambar, in meat masala or even as a snack. This recipe is a simple curry to accompany rotis.