Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cluster Beans/Gavar Sabji

Cluster beans is a type of green beans grown in India. It is a rich source of protein and fibre.

What do we need to make this delicius recipe -

  • cluster beans bought from Indian store
  • handful black chana
  • 1 sp red chili powder
  • turmeric powder
  • 2 tbs fresh grated or dry coconut (I use dry coconut)
  • 1 sp kala masala powder
  • salt per taste
  • 1 sp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 1/2 lemon size jaggery

Soak black chana overnight.

Take a bunch of cluster beans and chop into pieces. Sometimes there are long green threads at the sides discard those. wash the chopped beans

I have a small 2 ltr pressure cooker. I prefer to cook this in the cooker itself.

Heat the cooker, once hot add oil, mustard seeds. Once they sputter add soaked black chana. Put turmeric, red chili, kala masala and dry coconut. Add beans. Put salt, jaggery. Add 1/2 cup water. Do not add too much water. Pressure cook it only for 2 and 1/2 whistles. Open the lid check on it. If it needs some more cooking. Just simmer it without lid.

Serve with roti or rice!

P.S. The black chana could be substituted with potatoes. However black chana reduces the bitter flavor of cluster beans.

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