We have already seen the health benefits of Kothavarangai, also known as Cluster Beans/ Gawar. Kothavarangai is loaded with nutrients like Calcium, fiber, Carbohydrates, Iron, Mineral, Phosphorous, Protein and Vitamins A, C, D and K. This vegetable helps in controlling Sugar and is so known as Cheeni Avarakkai in Tamil (Cheeni means Sugar and Avarakkai means Beans.) If cooked well, the dishes will turn out to be very tasty. We can make varieties of dishes using these beans and we will see here how to make a Curry with this vegetable in combination with Mango.
Oil – 2 tbsp
Fenugreek (Methi) Seeds – ½ tsp
Mustard Seeds- 1 tsp
Urad Dal – 2 tsp
Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
Garlic Pod – 10 to 15
Curry Leaves – from 2 sprigs
Asafoetida – 1 pinch
Cluster Beans (Kothavarangai) – 150 Gms
Raw Mango – ¼ a piece (cut into pieces)
Drum Stick – 1 (cut into 2 inch long pieces)
Red Chilli Powder – 2 tsp
Coriander Seed Powder – 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder – 1 pinch
Salt – to suit taste
Rice Flour – 2 tsp
Tamarind Water – as required
Large Tomato – 1 (chopped)
Medium sized Onion – 1 (chopped)
Wash the Beans. Cut off the head and tail portion and discard. Peel the vein and discard. Pile 10 to 12 beans together and chop them into 2 inch long pieces. Keep aside.
Grind the Tomato and Onion together into a slightly coarse paste.
Heat the Oil in a pan. Add Fenugreek Seeds. And add the Mustard in few seconds. When they splutter, add the Urad Dal. Fry them for a few seconds. Add Onion, Garlic Pods and Curry Leaves. Sauté till the Onion becomes golden.
Now, add the Raw Mango Pieces, Drum Stick pieces and Cluster Beans. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the Chilli Powder, Coriander Seed Powder, Turmeric Powder and Salt. Add the Onion and Tomato Paste. Mix well and cook till the moisture evaporates.
Add 3 cups of water and the Tamarind water. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes covered with a lid till Beans are cooked well. Add 3 to 4 tsp of water to the Rice Flour, mix and add to the boiling gravy. Stir continuously to avoid lump formation.
The tasty Curry is ready. Transfer to a serving bowl.
I made this curry as semi thick gravy. You can add more water while cooking to make it a thin gravy also.