In India fresh chikudukaya is available in the winter season.When I was a kid my mom used to plant them in our backyard and she used to prepare curry , kudumulu ,rice,sambar etc. In US I try to get frozen pack if fresh ones are not available.As the frozen dosen't has many seeds in it you can get the frozen lilva bean/chikudukaya seeds from the Indian store and combine them ,my sister does that and it tastes great.

Nutritional Values:
Lilva beans/Chikudukaya have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, yet are very low in calories.

Chikudukaya/Lilva -340 grams(Frozen packet)
Onion - 1 small
tomato - 1 small
Spring onion - 2 tsp(chopped)
garlic - 3 pods
Green chillies -2(you don't add chili powder for this dish so add more/less chillies according to taste & quantity)
Salt (according to taste)
Oil - 2 tsp(adjust accordingly)
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp

1.Wash lilva beans/chikudukaya,Cut them and boil them in medium heat for 10-15 min.
2.Grind the green chilies you can use Indian stone grinder Cut onion,spring onion,tomato,grate the garlic or chop them finely.
3.Drain the beans/chikudukaya after 15 mins and keep them aside.
4.Heat the pan and add oil , once the oil is hot add jeera/cumin seeds after they splutter add the ground green chili paste ,garlic and saute it for 2 min .
5.Add onion cook them for 5-8 min and add spring onion cook for 2 mins add turmeric stir it once again and add the beans/chikudukaya cook it for 10 min on slow flame.
6.Add tomato and cook the curry for 10 more min according to your taste & turn off the heat.
7.Garnish with cilantro/coriander .And chikudukaya curry is ready to serve.

Can be served with rice/roti.


I love chikkudu.. and the combi with tomato is mouth watering.. will try it..

October 30, 2010 at 5:44 AM  

Nice curry..will go perfect with roties!

US Masala

October 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM  

I love chikudu seeds.. yum!!!

October 31, 2010 at 6:37 PM  

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