Avaraikai (Broad Beans)

Broad beans, known as Avaraikai in Tamil, are good sources of protein, fibre, vitamins A and C, potassium and iron.
Avaraikai is actually flat beans, tender with small seeds and pale green in colour. We can cook the whole avaraikai as French beans.
Mochaikai also looks like Avaraikai. But the Mochaikai is like “Green Peas with pods” and dark green in colour. We have to peel the pods from the Mochaikai and remove the seeds, i.e. “Pachai Mochai Kottai” (fresh bean seeds). Only the seeds can be used in cooking. This Mochaikai is available during December-January.
Tender Avaraikai is considered very healthy and added to “Pathiya Sappaadu”.
We can make sambar, kootu, poriyal, poricha kuzhambu, puzhi kuzhambu with avaraikai.
Broad Beans Kootu
Poricha Kuzhambu
Broad Beans Poriyal
Broad Beans Puzhi Kootu
Avaraikai Thuvattal


  1. Seenu Srinivasan


    You have a great website!
    I have a question about Avaraikkai. We don’t get good quality avaraikkai in San Antonio, Texas. Where I can get the really broad avaraikkai seeds? I remember when I was a young boy in Coimbatore, we used to get a very broad variety with purple hue and edges. I believe this is widely available in Tamil Nadu, but not anywhere else.

    Seenu Srinivasan

  2. What is the Latin and English name for avaraikai and mochaikai?

    How to tell the difference between the two by looking at it from the outside?

    Seenu I find the Indian vegetables in the USA to be awful quality. Are the beans sold where you live old? Same with frozen?

    • Avaraikai is called Broad Beans in English. I am not sure about Latin name. Mochai Kai is called Field Beans in English. Both are look like same, but the outer skin of the avaraikai is soft and edible, whereas Mochai Kai skin is tough and not edible (like green peas cover).

      • just saw your posting ..delicious dishes..

        Avarakai is called Dolichos lablab or Lablab bean. mochai is Field bean but am not 100 % sure of its botanical name !!
        that is why i am searching ,your distintion though is correct !!

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