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avarekalu uppittu recipe

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akki tari upma recipe

Today I have for you all a famous dish from Karnataka ” Avarekalu Akki Tari Uppittu “-  a simple & tasty Upma using rice Rava and hyacinth beans. it’s easy to make, delicious to taste and very filling. One can enjoy it for breakfast/snacks/dinner, the choice is your’s…any time of the day, you will definitely relish this traditional age-old dish !! The addition of avarekalu completely takes humble upma to a different level… full of flavours !! A plate of piping hot Avarekalu upma with a little pickle at the side … can make me anytime hungry.. how about you ??

What is Avarekalu?

For people who are wondering what is Avarekalu, let me tell it” Hyacinth beans/field beans / flat beans/lima beans “in English, in Tamil ” Mochai ”, In Gujarati ” Surti Papdi Lilva ”, in Marathi ” Vaal ”.  The tiny seeds have a unique taste and are seasonal … available mostly around Autumn-winter.

I love avarekalu and have posted many recipes using avarekalu like avarekalu saru, avarekalu usli , avarekalu mixture and avarekalu saagu recipes. And today here is .. avarekalu upma.

field beans

How to do avarekalu uppittu ?

Avarekalu uppittu means Upma made using these field beans. One can make upma from sooji / Bansi Rava / rice Rava / millets and taste of each varies. Today I am sharing how to do avarekalu upma using rice rava. Even rice Rava upma I do 2 types – one the regular tempering version and other wherein roasted jeera and pepper powder is used to flavor. Will share jeera – pepper version some time .. for now, let’s enjoy this super easy Akki Tari Avarekalu Uppittu.

What is Rice Rava and how to make at home?

You can make rice rava at home or buy ready-made that’s available at the store. And yes note that… idli Rava is different and upma rice rava is different. Idli Rava is made with parboiled rice while rice Rava is with raw rice. The raw rice Rava is what is used for making this upma.

If you don’t have rice rava, you can make it at home like this: Soak raw rice for 1hr. Drain water completely. Spread it on a cloth or paper towel for about 10 mins,so that the grains become dry. Grind the rice in a mixer to a coarse consistency. Homemade rice rava is ready..

Off to akki tari upma recipe now ..

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avarekalu uppittu recipe


Smitha Kalluraya
Avarekalu Akki tari upma is a nice variation to regular upma made with hyacinth beans and rice rava.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine karnataka
Servings 4 serving


  • 1 cup Rice Rava / Akki Rava
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup tender avarekalu or filed beans
  • few Curry Leaves
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 3-4 no green chili, chopped
  • small piece Ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated coconut, can +/- this quantity
  • Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

To temper

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Bengal gram dal /chana dal
  • 1-2 nos Red Chillies, broken to pieces


  • Pressure cook the Avrekaalu/hyacinth beans with 1 cup water for 2 whistles with little salt until it gets tender and cooked.
  • Heat oil + ghee in a pan/ Kadai. Add in mustard seeds, urad dal and chana dal. When mustard seed splutters, Keep the stove on medium flame and add red chilli.
  • When the dal turns brown add in curry leaves, chopped ginger, chopped green chillies and chopped onion.Fry until onion turns translucent.
  • Add rice Rava and roast for 2-3 mins, it does not need to change its colour...just aromatic is enough.
  • Add 2 cup hot boiled water , cooked avarekalu along with water ( around 1/2 cup water ) and salt. Mix well. total around 2.5-3 cup water for 1 cup rice rava.
  • Close the lid and allow it to cook for 5-6 minutes under low medium flame until all water is absorbed and rice rava is cooked.
  • Add grated coconut, lemon juice and coriander leaves at the end and give a nice stir.
  • Serve avarekalu akki tari uppittu hot as such or with Pickle /Thokku /chutney pudi.
    akki tari upma recipe


  • You can follow the same recipe and replace rice Rava with normal sooji or bansi rava and make regular upma. You can increase the water quantity to 2 1/2 cups if you want a soft upma.
  • I have used 1:2.5 cup rice rava : water ratio ..
  • Avarekalu could be replaced with frozen peas / fresh peas.
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  • Reply
    February 23, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    This is so interesting. I have cooked these beans a few times but never knew what they were called. We get plenty of them here in our area. I will try this upma next time. Thanks!

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    April 18, 2021 at 9:40 am

    5 stars
    Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

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    Sahana Sandeep
    August 15, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    5 stars
    Thank u for the recipe. My husband was carving for this,after my mother in law’s demise he was missing this badly. Thank u thank u so much. It turned out exactly like our style. I didn’t added onion. It turned as typical Brahmin upiitu. We had it as palahara 💓❤️

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