Flat beans-shrimp curry : Eral avarakai masala

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Coming to today’s recipe, its a simple shrimp/prawn curry made with flat beans called avarakkai in Tamil. This is my mother-in-laws recipe and I have started to cook this often as we get both veggies and non-vegetarian dish in one meal. I love veggies and my husband is a big sucker for anything that is not vegetarian. Dishes like these saves my place in his heart as it satisfies both are requirements. My mother-in-laws uses vadagam as a base to build on her curry. She also used tons of curry leaves, onions and tomatoes. It’s a very simple dish and can be made in advance. You can replace flat beans (avarakkai) with Indian long radishes or bottle gourd (sorakkai).
Source: Mother-in-law
Serves: 4
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon vadagam
10-12 curry leaves
1 large onion – chopped
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoon coriander powder
1 large tomatoes – chopped
250 grams flat beans /  avarakkai – chopped
1 lb / close to 500 grams prawns / shrimp (cleaned and de-veined)
1/2 cup water
Salt to taste
1. Heat oil in a large cooking pan. Once hot enough, add vadagam and curry leaves. Let the leaves crisp up.
2. Throw in the onions and little salt ( less than a teaspoon) and let it sweat. Cook covered until they turn brown, about 8-10 minutes.
3. Add turmeric, chili and coriander powder. Saute till the raw smell disappears, about 5 minutes.
4. If it turn too dry, add little water to avoid burning.
5. Add the tomatoes and mix it with the onions mixture.
6. Add flat beans/ avarakkai and shrimp. Stir to combine.  Add water and cook covered 20 minutes.
7. Add salt to taste.
I served mine with brown rice.
Additional notes
1. This shrimp-flat beans curry can be eaten as a entree in South beach diet phase 1.
2. Shrimp and veggies are a great combination for those on a weightloss program.
3. Also ideal for those who are diabetic/ pre-diabetic.
4. Can be eaten during gestational diabetes

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