Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bean bhaja with rice flour sprinkles

Beans fry with rice flour (chaula bata) is cooked and served often as a side dish in Orissa. It goes well with rice and dalma or even as a side dish with rotis... Back home, a paste of rice and garlic and chillies is made on sila pua (heavy stone used for hand grinding) and added to the beans - the taste is heavenly... Here is my easy short cut version of it...

While this dish is nothing really to write about, I like its simplicity and its flavors. Its healthy, yummy and easy to make and hence worth blogging about. What do you say ?


1 cup of Beans cut into long pieces
2 table spoon rice flour
1 tea spoon garlic powder (you can use mince 2-3 garlic cloves instead too)
1-2 green chillies (optional)
1/4 tea spoon red chili powder
1/2 tea spoon turmeric powder
1/2 tea spoon whole cumin
2-3 table spoon oil
Salt to taste

How to

Put oil in a pan and let it get smoking hot. Add the green chilies (if you are using it) and the whole cumin.
Once the cumin sputters, add the beans and salt and turmeric powder and chili powder.
Let it cook for 4-5 min. After the bean is 1/2 done, sprinkle the rice flour and keep stirring. Add 1/2 table spoon of oil if you feel the rice is forming into big balls...
Sprinkle the garlic powder and remove from heat...

Serve hot or warm... The smell of garlic with rice flour is amazing...


  1. Thats a new way of cooking beans, looks lovely!

  2. Srilakshmi - thanks for quick response... I am glad you like it.

  3. Very new addition to beans fry somoo ...looks great ... I love the flavor of garlic in anything :)
    I still do not know what was wrong with my comment box ... hope now it is ok... thanks for that mention dear... I was able to fix ..hope so :D

  4. So it is chaula bota ... I always thought it was rice flour. I like parwals made this way. :-)
    Good that you blogged it Somoo ... authentic and simple recipes are what I absolutely love. :-)

  5. Different way of making beans. Good. Nice recipe.

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    :) :) hope u r doing good! hmmm yet another authentic homely recipe to try such recipes. Thanks,love the use of garlic and rice flour, I'd surely try it some time soon dear.

  7. Very new to me, never thought of using rice flour!!thanks for sharing with us yaar..

  8. hi, what is rice flours. My wife loves my Mom's been fries. Those are flat fries though. Finally a common word, 'bhaja', !

  9. different way of making beans,, good one!!.. looks very yummyyy

  10. this is somehing really nice and different...

  11. Wow interesting use of rice flour here, looks sooo good, m sure to give it a try next time m making beans!

  12. Padma - still no luck posting comments on your site. I have seen atleast 2 yummy recipes that I didnt leave any comments.

    Sharmila - glad you liked it. I like fish coated and fried this way too...

    Suparna - havent seen you in a long time. Glad you are back.

    Shanti, Pratibha, Priya - thanks.

    Knife - rice flour is coarsely ground rice , usually used in making idlis... If you dont find it soak rice for few hrs and then grind with green chillies and garlic - it tastes so much better...

    Shama, Hari, Sowmya and Parita - yes something easy which makes your usual beans taste so different...

  13. Wow sounds creative n looks yum

  14. Using rice flour in beans is new to me. Nice curry, great click.

  15. Wow this is a different way of having beans! Healthy spicy and tasty with garlic powder!!

  16. somoo, I make a similar one..with besan and peanut powder. this is sucha lovely dish.

  17. Very nice-we love beans and I tend to make it very often.This will be a change from my regular dishes :)

  18. Love the addition of rice flour. looks delicious!

  19. hey, this is completely different way of cooking beans... the rice flour add some amount of crispness. Will try this out.

  20. wow..this is sure to smell n taste great!

  21. oh wow! rice flour sprinkles..

  22. I use a similar kind of rice+chilli+methi seeds powder for dry curries. Never used with beans though. Will try ur version sometime.

  23. Adding rice flour to beens fry is very new to me surely a perfect combination with any dal yum yum yummy

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  25. Ann - thanks
    A2Z, Pooja - typical oriya food. Glad you liked it.
    MunchCrunch - wow besan and peanut powder... I am amazed how recipes across are so similiar and yet so different too..
    Sweta - try it and let me know...
    Divya - glad you liked it..
    kittymatti, Nags, Priti - yes easy ! Thanks.
    Jayshree - have to try yours from
    your blog...
    Rekha - glad you liked it.
    Begamot - thanks so much for sharing the award! I am flattered and honored.

  26. This is very new to me,we add rice flour in kootu,this onc elooks nice :)

  27. Adding rice flour to the fry is new to me,will try this for sure

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    Drop by my blog will love to hear from u.

  29. wow this is an intersting recipe Somoo....adding rice flour sprinkles is surely a good one!!!

  30. Raks - yep similiar dishes across regions...
    Varniavi - yep please try and let me know if you like the flavors...
    Pari - thanks for visting. Sure - please try and let me know if you like anything...
    Aruna - glad you like it dear!

  31. A very different way of cooking stirfried veggie. I have to give it a try sometime

  32. LG - Glad you liked it... Let me know if you like it!
    Thanks for stopping by too...