Cluster Beans Curry – Mommy’s Special

Cluster Beans Curry – Mommy’s Special

Kothavarankai Kara Kuzhambu:

Kothu + Avarakkai = Kothavarangai. Kothavarangai Puli Kuzhambu. Gorichikudukaya Pulusu. Gorichikudu Pulusu. Gowar Phalli Ka Salan. Gowarphalli Masala Curry.

Yet, another recipe from my family. My mother always hesitates to prepare this dish, saying…this cluster beans may give heart burns and increase one’s bile secretion…I dunno how far this is true! Food allergies and taboos come from individual dislikes and phobia. Anyhow, I like this cluster beans a lot. So, it became mandatory to include this once in a while in cooking, back home. My Mom goes to different lengths to minimise the effect, by boiling the beans and duly throwing away the water (which is vitamin rich in my opinion) and she compulsively adds more cumin powder to reduce the intensity. Oh, my…now as a grown up, I feel awful for being so adamant(demanding). Coming to the recipe, its very simple…follow the instructions below.:)


Cluster beans 1/4 kilo
Tamarind paste 1/2 spoon
Red onion 1 large finely chopped
Garlic 1 large peeled and semi crushed
Ginger 1″ grated
Tomato 1 large chopped
Jaggery or brown sugar 1 spoon
Turmeric powder 1/2 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Rice powder 1 spoon
Cumin seeds 2 spoons – toasted and powdered
Sesame oil 1 cup
Mustard seeds 1 spoon
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Fenugreek seeds 1/2 spoon
Chana dal 1/2 spoon
Urad dal 1/2 spoon
Asafoetida 1/2 spoon
Dry red chilies 3-5
Curry leaves few.


Wash and clean the beans, remove the strings and cut into tiny pieces.

Boil 2 cups of water, with enough salt and pinch of turmeric. Now add the vegetable to this. Allow this beans to get half the way cooked. Remove from heat and discard the water.

In a deep pan, heat few spoons of oil. Add garlic, ginger fry till its raw smell leaves the pan. Further add onions, fry till golden brown. Now add tomatoes and continue frying.

Add salt, turmeric, chili powder, sugar and rice powder.

Add the cooked beans to it, now. Fry them for a while. Then add tamarind paste and 2 cups of water. Cover and cook over medium flame.

Once the curry thickens, add the cumin seeds powder to it, bring this to a boil…its done.

In a separate pan, heat oil. Add mustard, cumin, asafoetida, fenugreek, chana dal, urad dal, dry red chilies and curry leaves. Let them pop and splutter well. Run this seasoning over the curry made.

Serve to go with plain steamed rice. Run a spoon of ghee over it, just before serving. Thats it, dig in:)


24 Responses so far.

  1. Hey…this is soul comforting malar! I have always made cluster beans dry fry, this is new to me. perfect for my event. Do send it!

  2. hey malar,thats the dish i love made by my mom…urs looks so delicious..i m following u…happy mothers day…u hv a lovely space…

  3. mom’s special recipes..always superb and highly demanded one.
    the cluster beans curry really delicious one..looks so spicy..
    malar, this rice powder is just rice flour or something different.
    Happy mother’s day

  4. Subhashini says:

    Never thought about preparing cluster beans in this way.Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Ana Powell says:

    Well, they say mums know better.
    Lovely beans curry.
    Have a great weekend x

  6. Swathi says:


    Nice curry. It is easy to make too. I think mom’s are best cooks.

  7. J says:

    thats one of my fav curry.. nice recipe..

  8. Very good one. I know not many people like cluster beans as they have a hint of bitterness in it. But, I like cooking this as it is beans after all :)

  9. says:

    Lovely spicy gravy, dish looks wonderful.

  10. The curry looks so delicious and I loved the 1st click:)
    Have a nice weekend Malar!

  11. Priya says:

    Delicious curry, i never tried this way, thanks for sharing..

  12. This is new preparation for me Malar..looks so tasty…I have bookmarked this :)

  13. VineelaSiva says:

    Wow malar i just fry the cluster beans never tried like this.Love thr curry colour.Will try

  14. Sounds interesting and new to me…
    Thx. for sharing dear :-)

  15. Feel like having some looks delicious.

  16. Dear Malar
    Very nice dish indeed and the recipe is very new for me. I only know few bong style only. will try this one soon.

  17. Looks delicious malar, never made it this way,

  18. Erica says:

    That looks so rich and comforting!!! Love all those flavors!

  19. Deepti says:

    I too make cluster beans but dry version…this version luks very tempting with sweet n tangy flavour.

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  21. AshKuku says:

    I love them too….. We mostly prepare them dry, very rare that we use them in a curry, but at Mangalore, my badimaa prepares gravy….. Whatever, u prepare, I simply love the taste of it….. Very pleasing…..

    Happy Mothers Day!!!!


  22. Soma Pradhan says: looks lik clustered beans have been cooked in mutton gravy…really cool color

  23. Mom’s special always rocks. Nice curry with kothavarangai.

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