Today i have for you a simple yet delicious gravy made from the seasonal fresh Avarekalu.Few days before i had posted Avarekalu Mixture and today its going to be” Avarekalu Saagu / Field Beans Gravy / Mochai Beans Curry “. The preparation is very simple and easy to make and goes well with poori,chapathi,dosa,idli,rice etc.One of the favorite dish among localities…


Avarekalu as known in Kannada are known as field beans or hyacinth beans or lablab in english. In tamil, they are called as mochai ,in gujarati surti papdi and in Marathi Vaal.In Bangalore during the winter everywhere you can see these beans.We make so many dishes using them and infact during this season “avarekalu mela “too happens in Bangalore where a complete street is full of dishes made with Avarekalu. We have Avarekalu dosa,Avarekalu Idli,Avarekalu nippat,Avarekalu kodbale ,avarekalu upma etc .Today’s dish , saagu needs no intro to any kannadiga. Its a coconut based gravy with a beautiful blend of flavors and spices.I have already shared veg saagu here, n today its avarekalu sagu. Here we go.. do try .. i am sure you will love it…



Smitha Kalluraya
5 from 1 vote
Course Side Dish
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 4 serving


  • 1/2 kg Avarekalu / Field Beans/ Surti Lilva
  • 2 onion, - chopped
  • 1 tomato, - chopped
  • 2 potato, - medium ; finely chopped
  • to taste Lemon
  • to taste Salt
  • Coriander leaves, to garnish

To Grind :

  • 2 tbsp coconut, Grated
  • 2 tbsp roasted chana dal/ dalia Chana
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds Jeera
  • 3 - 5 Cloves/ Lavang
  • 1 Cinnamon/ dalchini, "
  • 1 tsp Poppy seeds, ( optional )
  • 1/2 medium size onion, diced
  • 3 - 4 Garlic, - flakes
  • 4 - 6 Green Chilli

To temper :

  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Black Gram /split Urad Dal
  • few Curry Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Haldi
  • 1 pcs Red Chillies


  • For this sagu , you can use field beans as such or can deskin it .Deskinned field beans sagu is more tasty .

Deskining the hyacinth beans ( Hitikavare / Chilkavare ) 

  • Separate the seeds from the fresh hyacinth beans.
  • Soak peeled beans in water for 3-5 hours.
  • Discard water from the beans and hold each bean between two fingers and press gently . The outer skin will slip off leaving behind only the inner seed. Continue the process for all the seeds.

Time to make saagu

  • Heat oil in a kadai or pan.Temper with mustard seeds and urad dal .When they splutter add broken red chillies, curry leaves and haldi. Add finely chopped onion .Fry till translucent.
  • Add field beans and chopped potato . Saute for 2-3 mins.
  • Add chopped tomato.Cook the veggies with some salt and water till done. Ensure that they are cooked just right - neither crunchy nor too mushy.You can either direct cook them or in microwave or cooker.i cooked in cooker for just 1 whistle .
  • For the masala, grind all the ingredients mentioned under masala to a smooth paste adding some water.
  • Add masala paste to the cooked veggies.Add salt and water.Mix well and allow it to boil well.When it boils,it thickens a bit. If requied add some more water to get the desired consistency. Switch off. Add chopped coriander leaves and squeeze lemon juice.
  • Serve hot hot saagu with poori,chapathi,dosa,rava idly or even rice.


  1. If you don't get fresh field beans you can use dry ones too. In that case you have to soak in water for about 6-8 hours.
  2. If you want you can add pudina too.
Thanks for reading the post....plz drop your valuable comments.. it really motivates me...Also If you liked this post, I would really love it if you could share it ...Thank you !!
Love ~Smitha

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  • Reply
    marudhus kitchen
    January 11, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Super delicious pithukku parrupu

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      December 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Hi..no.need to add tamarind.. can v add red chillies n green both mixed

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    Rafeeda AR
    January 12, 2015 at 5:34 am

    this looks absolutely delicious dear…

  • Reply
    January 12, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Irresistible! And wonderful presentation as always, will try it someday.

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    Shreya at Jumbodium
    January 12, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Too delicious dish. This is actually very healthy as well. Loved the dish and recipe as well. Will surely prepare the share the feedback with u.

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    Beulah Arun
    January 12, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Healthy and delicious curry!

  • Reply
    January 19, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hi Smitha.. I am a regular follower of your blog.. You are doing a great job posting good recipes.. I tried this recipe today and it turned out yummy.. Thanks

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    September 3, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Your menus are just incredible. I have already tried 4 to 5 menu. All have come out excellent.Tomorrow we are trying avarekalu saagu. I know it will come out excellent as well. RegardsSrinivas.j

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    September 4, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Thx rashmi..glad to that.

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    September 4, 2015 at 4:20 am

    thx Mr. Srinvas..very glad to know that. overwhelmed by the trust my recipes have built…

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    October 14, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Smitha, I prepared this Avarekalu saagu today and my oh my !!!! it was very very yummy !!!!!!! I have also tried the Mixed Vegetable Saagu and even that turned out very yummy – very authentic . Thank you so much for your wonderful recipes. :0)))))

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    Tripti Rathi
    December 18, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Hi Smitha, made the Avarekalu sagu today and it’s just fantastic. The taste is just mind blowing and easy to make recipe. Keep updating such recipes n keep up the good work. Thank you!

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    Kaveri Ponnapa
    July 15, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I tried this recipe a short while ago, and it was absolutely wonderful. It’s such a rich, satisfying dish.I know it’s going to be a regular on my table form now on, and I’m going to run through your posts for more local dishes like this. Thank you very much for sharing, Smitha.

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      Smitha Kalluraya
      July 17, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Thx a lot Kaveri for appreciating my work .. coming from you means a lot !!

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    January 4, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Trying it right away…have some avarekai in the freezer….my side dish for chapati tonight will be this dish.

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    Dr Geetha
    February 14, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Just tried the recipe , Amazingly Gud , thank u Smitha , looking forward for more delicious recipes

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    roopa ravi
    April 4, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    5 stars
    turned out to be delicious. Thanks Smitha Kalluraya

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