Chikkudu Ginjalu Pulao – Lima Beans Rice

Chikkudu Ginjalu Pulao

Lima beans or Indian broad beans are popular in our parts here in Andhra and in season now. We use the ginjalu (beans) with their skin peeled to prepare a simple aromatic pulao. Except for the time taken to peel the skin (worth the effort for the recipe), the recipe is a breeze and one your family will relish.

Chikkudu Ginjalu Pulao Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 45 mts

Serves 4-5 persons



2 cups long grained rice

1 large onion, finely sliced

1/2 tbsp oil + 1/2 tbsp ghee

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

whole garam masala (4 cloves, 1″ cinnamom, 1 elachi, 1 star anise, 1 bay leaf)

1 cup lima bean (par boil bean, remove skin)

salt to taste

Coarsely crush (do not make a paste):

1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves

10-12 chopped pudina leaves

2-3 green chillis

1 Heat oil+ghee in a cooking vessel, add whole spices, shah jeera and bay leaf and saute for half a minute. Add the sliced onions and saute for 5 mts. Add the ginger garlic paste and crushed coriander-pudina-green chillis and saute further for another 5 mts. Add the chikkudu ginjalu and saute for 3-4 mts.
2 Add the washed rice and saute for a minute. Add 4 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover with lid and cook till the rice is done.
3 Serve hot with raita or any curry of your choice.

Chikkudu Ginjalu Pulao – Lima Beans Rice

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  lima beans


  • sindhura

    I am the first person to comment.Hip hip for me
    Well the rice looks yummy and spicy.Love to have it for special occassions
    Best regards

  • Vaidehi


    My mom makes lovely sabzi of these beans. Your recipe reminded me of that. Recipe and snaps all look great!

  • smitha

    The pulao looks yummy, We in Karnataka make something similar called Avarekai bhaath.

  • usha

    i love chikkudu ginjalu annam….

  • arundati

    this is the first time i am seeing chikkudu gijalu being used in a rice dish….when i was a kid, i would pick out the seeds from the chikkudukaya koora, and leave out the bean parts…that’s how much i like the seeds…so this is a must try!!

  • Alka

    Never tasted lima beans ,but i can imagine the blend of flavours just by going thru the ingredients…We do get beans here(called chauli)but the seeds are too small.Would hunt for these beans ,in my next visit to market

  • Lubna

    Lima beans are one of my favourite. Looks tempting.

  • Neela

    We love Lima beans, I always make curry by adding Tomato Puree to it or some times simply bake and fry them to eat as snack. This is different and Yummy…I should try this.

  • sudha

    hello sailu,

    dis recipe is very gud….its yummy yummy..

  • smitha

    healthy one…will try soon..thank u sailuuu ๐Ÿ™‚

  • RK

    can this be made with chick peas too?

    You can try. The chick peas take longer to cook than these beans.

  • sudha

    Hi sailu,

    very interesting and easy to make recipe.. and very healthy one too..

    Thank you.

  • sudhal

    hey i tried dis rice…so so so nice!!!!!! frankly saying, chala chala bagundi “ADDURS” thanks

    andaru try cheyandi

  • Deepti

    hi Sailu,
    I tried this and too much vundhi..your recipes are just awesome…

  • Cynthia

    Rice and peas dishes are my favourite

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  • keerthi

    hi sailu,

    i’m a big fan of ur blog, every thing is interesting in ur blog. i like it a lot. but i’m disappointed that ur suvastra site is not opening now a days can u help me?

  • Shreya

    Hi, interesting recipe. I have never had this before. Have to try..

  • Ramya’s Mane Adige

    oh, it looks delicious!!!! love the subtle color of the pulav…

  • Ashwini

    It looks yummy & it reminded me of my mother making it..

  • Ramya

    very nice dish…looks simply superb

  • Mallika

    Oooh, looks v healthy. I saw Lima beans available freshly frozen here the other day!

  • Keerthana

    Hi, u have a nice space here…beans and rice makes a great combo. I’d never heard of this dish before. It must be very tasty

  • mandira

    gorgeous picture Sailu. happy new year to you and your family Sailu! Looking forward to many more delicious posts in 2009.

  • adhyayan

    Worked great for me!!!

  • shirley

    the rice came out relli well. well flavored and authentic.