Avarakkai Masala Recipe For Chapathi

Eral avarakai masala

Today’s recipe is 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).

Eral avarakai masala

Avarakkai Masala

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp vadagam
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 large tomatoa chopped
  • 250 grams flat beans / acarakkai chopped
  • 1 lb prawns or shrimps cleaned and de-veined
  • ½ cup water
  • salt


  • Heat oil in a large cooking pan. Once hot enough, add vadagam and curry leaves. Let the leaves crisp up.
  • 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.
  • Add turmeric, chili and coriander powder. Saute till the raw smell disappears, about 5 minutes.
  • If it turn too dry, add little water to avoid burning.
  • Add the tomatoes and mix it with the onions mixture.
  • Add flat beans/ avarakkai and shrimp. Stir to combine. Add water and cook covered 20 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste.


1. This shrimp-flat beans curry can be eaten as a entree in South beach diet phase
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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