Avarekai Pulao, avarekai rotti, avarekai saaru, are just a few of the dishes made from the humble broad bean or avarekai during winter. Rich in protein and fibre, broad beans are highly nutritious and apparently, are popular on weight loss menus. Well, if you ask me, who really cares about how good they are for your health when they are just so darn delicious!
Yesterday, I was watching a series on food revolution and I was super shocked to see that kids in a few parts of the USA cannot recognize their vegetables. One kid saw tomatoes and called the potatoes and another called an eggplant, an egg salad?!! When Jamie Oliver (that’s right, the celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver) made a nutritious lunch for the, the kids mostly rejected it because they did not like the veggies. My jaw practically dropped to the ground! How can you not like the food Jamie makes (I heard my inner child screaming, “Make it for me Jamie. I will lick the plate clean.”)! Jokes aside, what was truly appalling was the fact that the kids could not recognize the vegetables while they recognized chicken nuggets, pizza and burgers in about half a second.
Growing up, we had an abundance of veggies in out diet. Apart from the all-year-long available kind, we also had seasonal vegetable like avarekai which we looked forward to. Believe it or not, we used to love our vegetables.
Every winter, we used to pass by a mini averakai-farmer’s market (by that, I mean five women sitting on the roadside selling fresh avarekai that they harvested themselves) on our way to school. Dad, who used to drop us off would buy a small bag every other day and the idea of these beans simmering away in my mom’s kitchen enticed me into rushing home after a long hard day at school (it was hard with all the science, language and history classes :P).
Anyway, with that episode on television and the memory of avarekai pulao in my head, I decided that kids don’t like veggies because they are not presented in their best form. This avarekai pulao however is just one of the many amazing ways to get this wonder bean into your systems.
So, here is the recipe for: