Cluster Beans Masala / Kothavarankai Masala

Cluster Beans Masala / Kothavarankai Masala

Kothavarakai Masala Varuval:

Gorichikudukaya Masala Kura. Guar Phalli Ki Subzi.

I happened to taste this cluster beans masala from an unknown Restaurant at Kumbakonam…Recently, I have been to my home land and took a long-trip with my family…visiting various temples in South Tamil Nadu. We had quite an experience, I encountered varied culinary perfection through out the trip. As I see, not only our culture, accent…I think our cooking style also changes every 100 miles. So, here you go’ the one which I enjoyed…


Cluster beans 1/2 kilo
Fennel seeds 2 spoons – crushed
Green chilies 3 crushed
Ginger 2″ minced
Garlic 4-6 cloves minced
Onion 1 large grated
Tomato 1 large crushed
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Coconut 4 pieces – grated
Oil few spoons
Curry leaves few.


Trim the ends of the veggie and remove the strings…if present. Chop them down to desired size. Now, cook this vegetable in boiling water, till tender. Then, discard the water and retain the veggie.

Heat oil in a wok. Add the fennel seeds powder plus curry leaves. Wait till it sizzles a little.

Followed by all crushed ingredients plus powdered spices….fry real good, maybe till the raw odor of the spices are gone.

Now, stir-in cooked veggies and stir-fry them over high heat. Once it is fragrant, its done…remove from heat.

Serve to go with your chappathis or steamed rice.


14 Responses so far.

  1. divya says:

    what a tempting and drooling masala….they look awesome!

  2. Different curry looks yummy and never tried this way….

  3. Krishnaveni says:

    delicious veggie, looks yum, my fav

  4. RAKS KITCHEN says:

    With all those masala sure it tastes great…

  5. Lovely masala coated well on beans

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Ms.Chitchat says:

    Tasty looking kothavaranga curry,would love to try this version.

  7. Priti says:

    Never made cluster beans like this …thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  8. It is a bit of hard work. Never tried it or had one before.

    Your preparation looks good. Hope you enjoyed the temple visit.

  9. Priya says:

    Totally different masala, looks fabulous..

  10. Ambreen says:

    Sounds very interesting…looks delicious,love the masala!

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