BM #122 Week 3 Day 2 - 

Today's star vegetable, Chikkudukaya (Flat Valor Beans), happens to be one of my favorites. Growing up, it was one of the 'not so fond' vegetable. I guess, as we grow older our taste buds also change and sometimes enables us to taste a wider variety of dishes.

This recipe was very new to me and when my friend shared this, I tried it out immediately and it has become a regular affair at home these days.

The mini thali features Methi Dal, Rice, Flat beans dry saute with onion masala (Chikkudukaya Ulli Pacchimirapaya Karam), Fresh yogurt, Mango Pickle and Flaxseed Paruppu Podi

Recipe Source Anjani
Ingredients - 

Chikkudukaya / Flat Valor Beans washed, stringed and chopped 3 cups
Salt, Turmeric as needed
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, chana dal 2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp, Curry leaves few, Red Chili 1)
To Grind -
Onions 1 cup
Green Chilies 2-3
Coriander leaves few
Ginger 1 inch piece
Coriander Seeds 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp

Method Of Preparation -

Powder the coriander and cumin seeds and then in the same blender/mixer add the onions, green chilies, coriander leaves and ginger and coarse grind (preferably). Set aside.

In a heated pan, add oil and the rest of the seasoning ingredients. After the mustard seeds pop and the dals are brown, add the coarsely ground onion mixture and saute until the raw smell of onion disappears.

Sprinkle salt, turmeric.  Add the stringed and chopped Chikkudukaya. [I partially cooked the chikkudukaya separately and then added at this point].

Mix well and cover. Let the flavors blend in for a few minutes and remove from heat.

Serve it as part of a meal with Rice and dal.


Preparation Time 25 minutes
Serves 5-6
Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, May 18, 2021


  1. Kalyani Says:
  2. What a flavour bomb this must be with that onion and chill masala paste going in. Guess like you said, out tastebuds do mature over age

  3. Chikkudakaya is one of our favorite vegetable. I use pachimirapakaya karam but onion is new. I tried this version yesterday and we loved it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Totally agree with you that as we grow older, our taste buds change. The things we don't eat as a child, sometimes become favorite as we grow old. Flat valor beans sounds flavorful

  5. Radha Says:
  6. Chikudu is my favorite veggie. Your masala is very interesting and would love to try it.

  7. Suma Gandlur Says:
  8. I love all the bean varieties including this chikkudukaya. This curry is an interesting variation to the regular versions I am used to. I am bookmarking this to try later.

  9. Narmadha Says:
  10. Many of the vegetables which we ignore as kids will eat now. Taste and perception change with time. This looks so flavorful with freshly grounded masala. So simple and easy to make too.

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