Friday, November 13, 2009

Gawarichi Bhaaji - Cluster Beans

A simple stir fry of cluster beans with kala (black) vatana.

Gawarichi bhaaji (kala vatana ghalun)
गवारीची भाजी (काळा वाटाणा घालून)
Cluster Beans Stir fry (1)
1 lb cluster beans/gawar/guvar sing/gawar phali, broken into 2" pieces approx = 2 cups
3/4 cup kala vatana sprouts
1/2 - 1 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup coconut milk (Optional)
1 tsp jaggery
salt to taste

2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp goda masala

1 tbsp freshly scraped coconut

1. Pressure cook kala vatana sprouts and set aside.
2. Heat oil in a wok or kadai. Add mustard seeds, turmeric powder and asafoetida. As the seeds splutter, lower the gas. Add goda masala. Saute for 1 minute till the incredible aroma starts wafting from your kitchen!
3. Now add cluster beans. Add 2 tbsp water. Cover the pan with a lid. Place water on the lid. Let it cook till cluster beans are cooked.
4. Add chili powder & cooked kala vatana sprouts. Add salt, jaggery.
5. Now add coconut milk - if using. Let it simmer till the liquid is completely evaporated.
6. Garnish with fresh coconut.
7. Serve with chapatis.

Note -
1. If you want you can steam cluster beans before adding to the tempering. In that case, cooking time is drastically reduced.
2. 1/4 cup dry kala vatana will give about 3/4 cup sprouts. You need to soak them overnight, and then sprout them as mentioned here.


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