Karnataka Style Avarekalu Pulao Recipe - Avarekalu Pulao

Avarekalu Pulao is a delicious Pulao recipe where rice is cooked with avarekalu beans and other everyday spices. You can serve it for a simple weeknight dinner along with Raita, Salad and a roasted papad.

Nithya Anantham
Karnataka Style Avarekalu Pulao Recipe - Avarekalu Pulao
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Avarekalu Pulao Recipe is a spicy Karnataka Style Pulao made using the fresh avarekalu or hyacinth beans. Hyacinth Beans are called the Avarekalu in Kannada. Avarekalu are seasonal beans, available in the winter months and many dishes are made using it. 

In this recipe, the fresh hyacinth beans are cooked with rice which is flavoured with a freshly ground green masala. We have used a pressure pan to cook the pulao, to make it easier and also keeping the nutritional content intact. It makes for a wonderful weekend meal in itself.

Hyacinth beans contains the highest amount of iron, zinc and copper making it a highly nutritional. 

Serve Avarekalu Pulao Recipe along with Tomato Onion Cucumber Raita, Satvik Carrot Sprout Salad and a roasted Papad for a weekday dinner. You can also pack this easy Pulav Recipe in your Lunch Box.

If you like this Avarekalu Pulao Recipe, you can also try other Pulao recipes that you can make for your vegetarian weeknight dinner recipes such as

  1. Chana Pulao Recipe
  2. Kashmiri Pulao Recipe
  3. Saoji Methi Pulao Recipe

Cuisine: Karnataka
Course: Dinner
Diet: Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

30 M


4 Servings


  • 1-1/2 cups Basmati rice , soaked for 10 minutes
  • 3/4 cup Avarekalu / Lilva Beans
  • 1 Onion , thinly sliced
  • 1 Tomato , finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1 Bay leaf (tej patta)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 2 Green Chillies , slit
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • Salt , to taste
  • 2 sprig Mint Leaves (Pudina) , for garnish
  • Ingredients for the masala paste
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 2 Cloves (Laung)
  • 1 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • 2 inch Ginger
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 1/2 cup Mint Leaves (Pudina)
  • 1/4 cup Coriander (Dhania) Leaves

How to make Karnataka Style Avarekalu Pulao Recipe - Avarekalu Pulao

  1. To begin making Avarekalu Pulao Recipe-Hyacinth Beans Pulao, wash and soak the basmati rice in enough water for 10 minutes.

  2. Now, add all the ingredients mentioned for making the masala paste including cinnamon stick, clove, cardamom, garlic, ginger, green chilli, mint leaves, coriander leaves, and grind it into a smooth paste adding little water using a mixer grinder. Keep it aside.

  3. Heat ghee in a pressure pan, add the bay leaf, cinnamon stick and let the ghee become aromatic.

  4. Add the sliced onion and saute until it turns slightly brown.

  5. Add the slit green chillies, tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes turn a little soft.

  6. Add the ground masala paste, saute until the raw smell goes away. This will take about 3 to 4 minutes.

  7. After 3 to 4 minutes, add the coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and saute until the ghee separates out. This will again take some 3 to 4 minutes.

  8. Now, add the fresh avarekalu or hyacinth beans, saute for 2 minutes. Drain the water from the rice, add it to the pan and mix well.

  9. Add 3 cups of water, season with salt and bring the Avarekalu Pulao to a rolling boil.

  10. Now, close the Avarekalu Pulao with the lid, and pressure cook for one whistle on medium heat, switch off the heat and let the pressure release on its own.

  11. Once the pressure is fully released, open the lid, add the chopped mint leaves, fluff up the Avarekalu Pulao gently using a fork and it is ready to be served.

  12. Serve Avarekalu Pulao Recipe along with Tomato Onion Cucumber RaitaSatvik Carrot Sprout Salad and a roasted Papad for a weekday dinner. You can also pack this easy Pulao Recipe in your Lunch Box.