Monday, 29 June 2015

Mochai Poriyal / Field Beans Stir Fry

Mochai Poriyal is a popular South Indian side served along with rice, sambar, rasam meal. Mochai is called 'Field Beans' in English and it belong to the same legume family as fava beans and broad beans.
Mochai is pressure cooked and then cooked with garlic and caramelized onions. Served with Sprinkles of fresh grated coconut and cilantro leaves.



  • 1 Cup Field beans / Fresh Mochai ( pressure cook with salt and 1/3 cup water for 3 whistles on low flame )
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon urad dal
  • 1 Large red onion chopped finely
  • 2 Garlic cloves chopped finely
  • 1 Teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper corns
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon chopped cilantro leaves for garnish
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh grated coconut for topping


1. In a wok/ kadai , add oil. When the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds and fry for 30 seconds
2. Add Garlic and fry until they are light golden. Then add red onion and sprinkle a pinch of salt. Fry on medium flame for 8 to 10 minutes until the onions are caramelized and crispy
3. Add ground peppercorns, season with salt and give it a nice stir
4. Add cooked beans and combine everything. Sprinkle grated coconut and give it a nice stir. Switch off the flame
5. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve hot


  1. The beans are shining like pearls Salma :-)

    1. :) , its been so long since I cooked fresh mochai kai. there is a new vegetable shop here they opened. They had this fresh mochai. Kids helped me urichify :)