Chikkudukaya kura or Indian broad beans fry is an easy dry curry. It is a delicious side dish for rice and roti or any Indian flatbread.
Post was originally published in 2009 and later republished with new content.
Chikkudukaya kura or Indian broad beans fry is an all time favorite in my family, both at my place and at U’s place. Back home, especially in the villages broad beans is very long with big seeds in the pod. The bigger the seeds, tastier the vegetable is.
Broad beans we get here are not that big and usually seedless. Beans are harvested too early even before the seeds form. Since the pods don't have any seeds, I add some frozen valor lilva or Indian beans when cooking the vegetable. Frozen valor lilva is available in freezer section of any Indian grocery store.
Last time I did Indian groceries, I was lucky and found very good chikkudukaya with big beans/seeds in the pod. So I did not use frozen valor lilva when I made the fry, but still listed it in the ingredient list incase one needs to add it.
The below collage is with old images. I did not take new images when trimming and cutting the beans into smaller pieces. Hence, using old images as it is easy to follow the instructions with pictures.
Chikkudukaya or broad beans is one of our favorite vegetable and when in season, chikkudu Kudumulu ~ steamed rice cakes with broad beans is one of our favorite recipes back home. I do not make it very often as the other adult at home is not very fond of it.
Chikkudu Ginjala Annam ~ Valor Lilva Rice is also one of favorite but here in US, I use frozen lilva and make it year round.
How to make Chikkudukaya Kura ~ Indian Broad Beans fry
Chikkudukaya Kura ~ Indian Broad Beans Fry
- 500 grams or little over a lb Indian Broad Beans
- ¾ - 1 cup fresh frozen Valor Lilva (skip if beans have seeds)
- 8 small Green Chilies; chopped, cut lengthwise or ground to paste
- 2 Scallions, chopped
- Salt to Taste
- 2-3 tablespoon Oil
- 4 Curry Leaves
- 1 small Onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon Garlic crushed/paste
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- Cilantro to garnish
- Bend and tear the tip of the beans and peel the fibrous string length wise, as shown in the picture.
- Open the beans and check inside for insects or rotten seeds.
- Cut/break the beans into ½ “ or 1” length with fingers. A knife is not necessary for this.
- Wash the beans and frozen valor lilva, if using and transfer to a saucepan.
- To the saucepan add green chilies and ½ the chopped scallions, salt and about ½ - 1 cup of water.
- Cook beans until tender. This should take about 5- 10 minutes, no longer than 10 minutes. Beans cooks very fast and be careful not to over cook it.
- In a pan, add oil and saute curry leaves and the onions until translucent.
- Add scallions, garlic and saute for a minute.
- Throw turmeric, chili powder and stir well.
- Add boiled beans and mix well. If there is any water, cook on high flame until water evaporates.
- Then, reduce the flame to med-medium high and fry for another 5-10 minutes.
- Garnish with cilantro and serve it with roti or rice.
Chef Mireille says
what a beautiful platter - i should invite myself over 😉
Sure, come over. You are welcome anytime
That is a simple and yummy dry curry Usha. Love the idea of adding frozen beans -- I love biting into those little beans. Also using scallions sounds delicious. I have all the ingredients - will make this some time soon.
Jyoti Babel says
All the pictures are looking stunning. A very healthy dish for a veg meal
Sushma Pinjala says
Wow I love this vegetable, looks yummy Usha.
Priya Suresh says
WOw how beautiful this broad beans fry looks,my favourite and i love this fry with some rice and rasam. Super duper clicks Usha.
Broad beans are my favorite of all beans but we don't get them here. Such a tasty stir-fry.
Gayathri Kumar says
Amazing snaps as usual Usha. The beans curry sounds so delicious. With just rasam and rice, it would make a great filing meal..
Stunning pictures, Usha. I make broad beans curry weekly but never with onions and garlic. I am sure my family will love this version. So shall remember to add them next time. Good that you redid the post to bump it up 🙂
Manjula Bharath says
wow impressive captures and how neatly presented 🙂 chikkudu kaya kura looks very delicious..You have magic in your hands each and every post has this perfectly captured images.. you photography is very inspiring usha 🙂
The pictures are so stunning usha, even the humble chikkudu got beautified in your hands!
Beautiful clicks. You made this broad beans so tempting. I dont like it much, but seeing your pics I am feeling to have it now.
Sharmila Kingsly says
Atleast once in a week we cook broadbeans.. Will try you version next time. Beautiful clicks..
Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth says
What a lovely update! I love any kind of beans and how much ever lazy I would feel, I would still chop and make them... the pictures make me crave for a bowl right now... So good!
wow..what beautiful clicks..I am drooling and just gazing on them..frankly I did not even read the recipe..the clicks overpowered the recipe:))
It was a flop show...I dnt know what went wrong..:(
I am sorry it was a flop show! I can't imagine what could have gone wrong...
I tried this recipe and it turned out too gud.This is my new favourite veggie.
I never see these broad beans here. My kids love picking on the seeds & eating. The recipe is good!
Thanks Soma! My Indian store here NY carries broad beans but not the seedy ones. Last month I was lucky. I usually get the flat, seedless broad beans (valor) and add frozen valor beans (seeds) to the vegetable to make it seedy. I love picking out the seeds from the vegetable 🙂
Thats looks so good. I feel having it with a few warm rotis right now!
Thnks dear,i can understand the hassles of lighting.U know i never take pictures after sunset,even if i make sumthng good at dinner,i save some portion for the next day and click it in day time to get some decent pics
Truly awesome looking beans dish,i would love to give it a shot as these are so regular at my home(we make it in simple onion tomato base)
Lovely and healthy entry,i absolutely adore lilva beans and my mom makes one of the best dry dish using these.hey,it just hit upon me,i haven't yet grabbed this recipe from my mom.Thanks for participating and sending this favorite of mine 🙂
Just one question...errr where is the pic of final dish?isnt it there or is it my firefox that's playing nasty
Alka, I have not put up the pic of the final dish yet. I will put it today. Yesterday, by the time finished cooking, it got cloudy and did not have enough natural light to get a good pic of the dish. I don't like the pictures that are take under the lamp lighting. I was eager to post the recipe, I couldn't wait until this morning to capture a good pic of the dish and then post the recipe.. 😉
I will update the pic today and then email you the details that you require to post the round up.