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History Of Avarebele Mela In Bengaluru | All You Need To Know

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Bengaluru, the vibrant city of gardens, hosts an annual culinary extravaganza known as Avarebele Mela. This festival, celebrating the seasonal delight of Avarekai (Hyacinth bean), has etched its place in the hearts of food enthusiasts since its inception in the year 2000. 

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History of Avarebele Mela:

At the start of the 2000s, some of the smart Individuals from VV Puram’s Shree Vasavi Condiments came up with the idea for Avarebele Mela. They got inspired by the big hit of Kadlekai Parishe in south Bengaluru. In the same year, 2000, the festival began. It began small, with only 10 families, and now it’s a huge party with more than 100 dishes. These dishes include not only yummy South Indian foods but also tasty dishes from around the world, like Chow Mein and fried rice.


Significance of Avarekai in Karnataka’s Culinary Culture:

Avarekai, also known as Hyacinth bean or Broad beans, holds a cherished place in Karnataka’s culinary tapestry. This winter vegetable is not merely an ingredient; it is the essence that binds the state’s dishes together during the chilly season. Every part of Avarekai – be it the leaves, flowers, or pods – is edible, offering a nutritional powerhouse. Low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, Avarekai emerges as an excellent source of protein, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, magnesium, and manganese.

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Versatility in the Kitchen:

The festival highlights the versatility of Avarekai, featuring it in an array of dishes. From the traditional idli, dosa, upma, rasam, and sambhar to the exotic Chinese delicacies like Chow Mein and fried rice, Avarebele Mela brings forth a feast for every palate. The cultivation of Avarekai, starting post-monsoon and culminating in winter, aligns perfectly with the festival’s timing, creating a harmonious celebration of the bean’s journey from the farm to the plate.


Supporting Karnataka’s Farmers:

Beyond its culinary significance, Avarebele Mela takes pride in supporting local farmers. The organizers directly purchase Avarekai from farmers, fostering a direct connection between the agricultural community and the culinary enthusiasts. This symbiotic relationship not only ensures the availability of fresh produce but also contributes to the economic well-being of Karnataka’s farming community.

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Evolution of the Festival:

From its modest beginnings, Avarebele Mela has evolved into a grand affair held at Basavangudi’s National College grounds. Its popularity has transcended boundaries, drawing in not only locals but also attracting food bloggers and enthusiasts from far and wide. The 2023 edition, held from January 5 to 9, showcased the continued growth and influence of this iconic food festival.


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