Cluster Beans, also known as Kothavarangai in Tamil, Gawar in Hindi, Goruchikkudu in Telugu is a very humble vegetable with many health benefits… its good for diabetes, great for heart, aids digestion, strengthen bones and also helps to regulate blood pressure. It is very common in South Indian homes and often prepared as a dry curry to go as a side dish with rice. We often make simple stir fry with coconut and for a change, tried a different version (an Andhra style dry curry) today , adapted from here which turned out yummy. Lets get into this recipe of How to make Cluster Beans Poriyal?
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Cluster Beans 3 cups (chopped)
Onion 1/2 cup (chopped)
Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Split black gram 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Curry leaves 5 leaves
Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon
Salt 3/4 teaspoon
Oil 1 tablespoon
Ingredients for the spice powder
Dry red chili 2 long chilies
Garlic 3 cloves
Roasted gram 1/4 cup
Fresh grated coconut 1/4 cup
Wash cluster beans thoroughly and trim the edges. Chop them into one inch pieces and keep them aside.
Steam them in a pressure cooker for upto one whistle.
Cooked cluster beans will still look firm but soft. Keep this aside.
One take red chilies, roasted gram (pottukadalai), garlic and grated coconut in a mixer jar.
Use the pulse setting in your mixer and grind to coarse texture as shown. (Do not make a paste)
Now heat oil in a frying pan and splutter mustard seeds, split black gram, cumin seeds and curry leaves.
Add in the chopped onions along with turmeric powder. Saute for few minutes.
Now add in the cooked cluster beans to the onion mixture.
Add in salt and stir fry for few minutes.
Add in the ground powder and mix.
Stir fry for few minutes until the spice powder coats evenly on the beans. Switch off!
- Serves 3 adults
- Grind the spice mix to a coarse texture by using the pulse setting in the mixer.
- Cooking the cluster beans over regular stove top method may take longer and hence used a pressure cooker which cooks them perfectly in whistle.
- I’ve used 2 red chilies for this recipe, you may add one more to make the curry spicy.
- Thanks to nandyala.org for this scrumptious recipe.