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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Amarakka Mezhukku Puratti / The Broad Beans Stir Fry

Broad beans or amarakka which is a rare vegetable for Mangalore  market. Surprisingly, yesterday we got broad beans from there. So I made amarakka mezhukku puratti for lunch.

Broad beans stir fry or the amarakka mezhukku puratti is a simple kerala vegetarian dish where the broad beans are stir fried with spices. Mezhukku puratti is the local name of stir fries in kerala. There are lots of stir fries, where the method is same and the ingredients are different.

Here, I prepared mezhukku puratti with onion and green chilies, but my mom make in a different way. She uses crushed red chilies and shallots. My mother-in-low adds some crushed shallots and garlic along with onion and green chilies to enhance its flavour. I make mezhukku puratti in all the three ways. All the three methods yield yummy stir fry with a slight difference in taste. Try all these three different ways and feel the difference.

Mezhuku puraties are often served with hot steaming rice. In sadya it is an inevitable item. There will be at least one stir fry is prepared in each day in all Kerala kitchen. Today, I am sharing a typical kerala mezhukku puratti recipe


 Broad Beans Stir Fries or Amarakkaya Mezhukku Puratti

Author: Anju Aneesh
Recipe type : Side dish
Cuisine: India, South India, Kerala
Serves : 4 to 5
Preparation time: 10 minutes / Cooking time: 20 minutes / Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients


  • 2 ½ cup or 250 grams chopped broad beans (amarakkaya) 
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon oil


Direction of preparation of broad beans stir fry or the amarakka mezhukku puratti


  1. Cook finely chopped broad beans with one and half cup of water.  When boils, cook covered on low-medium flame till became soft.
  2. Heat oil in another pan, saute chopped onions, green chilies and curry leaves, till became light brown.
  3. Add chili powder and turmeric powder and saute for a minute.
  4. Mix cooked broad beans with it and cook till the dish became dry.
  5. Serve hot with steamed rice. 



Let us go to the step by step preparation of broad beans stir fry or amarakka mezhukku puratti

  1. Cook finely chopped broad beans with one and half cup of water.  When boils, cook covered on low-medium flame till became soft.
  2. Heat oil in another pan, saute chopped onions, green chilies and curry leaves, till became light brown.

  3. Add chili powder and turmeric powder and saute for a minute.
  4. Mix cooked broad beans with it and cook till the dish became dry.
  5. Serve hot with steamed rice. 

My Notes On Amarakka Mezhukku Puratti or Broad Beans Stir Fry

  1. As I pointed earlier, mezhukku puratty can be made with red chilies and shallots also. In that case crush red chili land shallots and fry till they turn crispy.  Then you can add cooked broad beans and cook till dry.
  2. Overcooking reduces its taste, so do not overcook this veggies

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