In India Raw Mochai is seasonal, they have the shortest season of all beans. They last hardly 3 months in a year probably from December to Feb. This beans called by other names like Field Beans, Val Beans / Naatu avarakottai/ Mochai kottai / Chikkudukaya (In Telugu). They are cooked in many ways either stir fried / Pachai avara kottai Poriyal or cooked with other vegetables in pulikulambu or make delicious dal out of fresh beans we call it as Piduku Paruppu Kulambu. Amma preserved the fresh beans in freezer for couple of months (You can do the same) after knowing that we come for vacation and when we went there
in April for vacation she made this pachai avara kottai poriyal stir fry, so thought of sharing this recipe with you all. But
unfortunately I don’t have the beans with shell picture, will upload when I capture it in the forthcoming season 🙂
Ingredients for Pachai Avara Kottai Poriyal
*Fresh Field Beans / Lima Beans / Mochai – 1.25 Cups (refer notes)
Onion – 1 Number
Curry Leaves – Few
Turmeric Powder – 1/4tsp
Hing/Asafoetida – 1/4tsp
Green or Red Chili – 1-2 Numbers (Replace with Red chili/Sambar powder – 1/2tsp)
Shredded Coconut – 1/4 Cup
* You can try with Raw Broad Beans/ Hyacinth Beans / Fava beans
Other Ingredients to temper
Mustard Seeds – 1/8tsp
Chana Dhal – 1/2 Tbsp
Urad dhal – 1/2 Tbsp
Oil – 1 Tbsp
- Pressure cook the fresh beans with necessary water for 1-2 hisses (Depends on the size and texture but don’t make it mushy).
- Start tempering mustard/chana and urad dhal in hot oil over a wide open pan.
- When dals turn golden brown add chopped onion, chili powder or sambar powder or whole chilis, curry leaves, turmeric and hing.
- Now add cooked beans with salt and shredded coconut.
- When the moisture goes off, remove from heat.
- This stir fry goes well with any dal, rasam and rice combo 🙂
- You can try this recipe with dried avara kottai / mochai / val beans.
- In that case soak it overnight or 8 hours, pressure cook for 3-4 whistles and follow the same above method.
- Another recipe with dried mochai / lima beans is available HERE.