Chikkudukaya Kura – Indian Broad Beans Fry

A bowl of chikkudukaya kura or Indian broad beans in a platter along with a bowl of rice.

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A bowl of chikkudukaya kura or Indian broad beans in a platter along with a bowl of rice.

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.

Latest update July 2019
Update March 2018 – This post is updated with new images and re-edited in March 2018. When I took new images, I plated the food in a platter, in a thali style.

The original post was for an event Just for You, hosted by Alka. She wanted us to send in a recipe that is prepared for a special person; spouse, kids, guests, parents or even friends. Mr. U, who was asking me to make this dry curry for sometime, hence made it.

An everyday mini thali or a platter of everyday meal consisting of chikkudukaya kura, sorrel leaves dal, rice,  yogurt and cantaloupe.

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.

Chikkudukaya or Indian broad beans  trimmed, cut into small pieces and ready to cook

Broad beans we get here are not that big and usually seedless. It is seedless because it is plucked too early and sent off to stores, even before the seeds are formed. 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.

Trimming and opening chikkudukaya (Indian broad beans) before cutting into small pieces

How to make Chikkudukaya Kura ~ Indian Broad Beans fry

5 from 7 votes
Chikkudu kaya kura, Indian Broad Beans Curry
Chikkudukaya Kura ~ Indian Broad Beans Fry
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Chikkudukaya kura is Indian broad beans dry curry. Pairs well with rice and Indian flatbreads.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chikkudukaya Curry, Chikkudukaya Fry, Side Dish, Vegan Recipe
Servings: 4
Author: usha
  • 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 tbsp Oil
  • 4 Curry Leaves
  • 1 small Onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garlic crushed/paste
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • Cilantro to garnish
  1. Bend and tear the tip of the beans and peel the fibrous string length wise, as shown in the picture. 

  2. Open the beans and check inside for insects or rotten seeds. 

  3. Cut/break the beans into ½ “ or 1” length with fingers. A knife is not necessary for this.

  4. Wash the beans and frozen valor lilva, if using and transfer to a saucepan.

  5. To the saucepan add green chilies and ½ the chopped scallions, salt and about ½ - 1 cup of water. 

  6. 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.

  7. In a pan, add oil and saute curry leaves and the onions until translucent.

  8. Add scallions, garlic and saute for a minute. 

  9. Throw turmeric, chili powder and stir well.

  10. Add boiled beans and mix well. If there is any water, cook on high flame until water evaporates. 

  11. Then, reduce the flame to med-medium high and fry for another 5-10 minutes.

  12. Garnish with cilantro and serve it with roti or rice.

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A bowl of chikkudukaya kura or Indian broad beans in a platter along with a bowl of white rice.

A bowl of chikkudukaya kura or Indian broad beans fry and a bowl of uncooked chikkudukaya

25 thoughts on “Chikkudukaya Kura – Indian Broad Beans Fry

  1. 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.


  2. 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)

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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…

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    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 🙂

  7. 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.

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