October 15, 2018

Simba Besara Bhaja / Indian broad beans fry in Mustard paste

Simba Besara Bhaja is a Odia recipe in which the veggies are cooked in a mustard paste. Simba is nothing but broad beans / avarakai. The mustard seeds are soaked for a while and ground into a fine paste by adding garlic pods and red chillies. The addition of freshly prepared paste gives a lovely aroma and flavour to the curry. The same recipe can also be prepared using different veggies like potato, brinjal etc. Thanks to Ankita Dash for sharing this authentic recipe on her page "Foodexpressodisha". For September month Recipe Swap Challenge, I was paired with a wonderful blogger and youtuber Ankita Dash. Her webpage and youtube channel filled with loads of delicious recipes. Click the below links to check out her page.

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This authentic Odia recipe pairs perfectly with Pakhala ( Water rice ), plain steamed rice, Rasam rice and Sambhar rice.

Recipe Source : Click HERE

Ingredients :

200 gms Broad beans, Avarakkai, chopped 
1 Tbsp Mustard oil 
1/2 Tsp Panch Poran 
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
3 Tbsp Mustard seeds
7 - 8 Garlic pods
3 - 4 Dry red chillies 
Salt to taste 
Few Curry leaves 

Method :

Soak mustard seeds for half an hour and grind into a fine paste by adding garlic pods and red chillies.

Keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan and panch poran followed by the chopped broad beans, turmeric powder and salt.

When the veggies get half cooked, add the ground paste and cook until done.

Garnish with curry leaves and remove from the flame.


Serving Options :

Serve with Rice.


  1. I usually make it the South Indian style.. I will try with panch phoran and mustard oil next time I make.

  2. I've yet to try using mustard paste in cooking. This sabji with broad beans and the paste looks so inviting. Panch Phoron when tempered gives out such a wonderful aroma.

  3. I have loads of avarakkai from my garden and was getting bored of my routine curry. I love this recipe and I am going to make some soon. I have cooked with mustard oaste when I was doing a regional series in my blog. It is an acquired taste for sure.

  4. Wow! Great Collection of Recipes. I just love your blog. Great food replacement ideas. Waiting for your next post! You can also check out this mouth-watering quick and easy falafel recipe.

  5. Interesting dish to give a try without any fail. Simply love the flavor of mustard seeds paste in curries, am sure this Simba besara bhaja will defintely please my tastebuds.

  6. Looks so good. Thank you for trying it out..

  7. Have never tried a dish by soaking and grinding mustard seeds. Very new to me and that plate looks so yummy and tasty. Must try.

  8. The dish with vegetables cooked in mustard sauce sounds interesting ! Would love to give it a try sometime. Thanks for the share.

  9. I simply love cooking with mustard oil and panch phoran. They add so much aroma and flavour to any vegetable and beans are one of the favourites in our home! The mustard seeds you use are the black ones (rai) or the yellow mustard seeds?

  10. In the season, this is my fav dish using simba (broad beans) We usually prefer this using rice dal combo

  11. Wow.....There are so many indian dishes that I need to try. Looks lovely

  12. Broad beans with panch phoran sounds so flavourful and delicious. Mustard oil and panch phoran is an excellent combo. Superb share.

  13. Yaay one more way to cook broad beans. I love the idea of using the mustard paste.