Monday, April 15, 2013

Gawar Batata - Cluster Beans with potatoes


This is my mom's Gawar Batata. I didn't care for it much as a child. But today I enjoy eating this simple bhaaji. A good quality goda masala and jaggery are two important ingredients for this bhaaji.


Gawarichi Bhaaji
Cluster beans with potatoes
Ingredients
2 cups cluster beans/gawar/guvar/mitkasang
1 medium or 2 small potatoes, peeled and cut
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp jaggery
salt to taste
 
Tempering
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp goda masala
1/4 cup chopped onion
3-4 garlic cloves, chopped (optional)
 
Garnish
1 tbsp freshly scraped coconut
 
Method
1. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add the ingredients for tempering. Saute till onion is soft.
2. Add cluster beans and potatoes, chili powder. Add 2 tbsp water.
3. Cover the saucepan with a lid. Pour some water on the lid. Let it cook till veggies are cooked. If needed you can pour a spoonful of water from the lid to saucepan to prevent sticking, from time to time. Continue cooking till gawar is cooked.
4. Add salt and jaggery.
5. Add coconut to garnish.
6. Serve with chapati
 
Note -
1. A good quality goda masala is the most important ingredient for making this bhaaji taste good.
2. To expedite the cooking process, mom steams gawar and potatoes in the pressure cooker before adding to the tempering.

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