Cluster Beans Stir-fry/ Kothavarankai Poriyal / Kothavarangai Thoran / Gorichikudukaya Kura

Cluster Beans Stir-fry/ Kothavarankai Poriyal / Kothavarangai Thoran / Gorichikudukaya Kura

Cluster-Beans Stir Fry:

This winter is extremely cold here, in Mississippi…it looks like as if its never gonna end! My local friends said ‘we are in the history’ the weather condition here has changed after 85 years…its snowing terribly in the south!!! And as the day light is so short…I often seek for that comforting cup of coffee…craving for hot snacks. But this New Year resolution(as usual) is to cut down that extra calories in the meal…so, no more fried, pastries for me:( Anyway…I am also putting lot of effort to cook more vegetables! Hope, I would stay on track.

The way I cooked this stir-fry today, is adopted from my Mom’s style of cooking. She pairs semi-cooked mung dhall with vegetables…to include plant protein in the diet…and unlike me, she sparingly uses oil and coconut…which is also very good for health.


Cluster beans 1/2 kilo
Split mung dhall/lentils 1 cup
Grated coconut 2-4 spoons
Green chili 3 chopped
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves few
Coconut oil 1 spoon.


Cook cluster beans with enough salt in boiling water. When it is tender, pour away the water, retain the beans

Semi-cook the lentils till done…but not mushy.

In a wide wok, heat oil. Add the spices and curry leaves. Wait till it sizzles.

Add the vegetables, lentils and coconut to it…stir-fry over high heat.

Serve to go with your meals.


14 Responses so far.

  1. Sayantani says:

    very hearty and comforting.

  2. Swathi says:

    I love thoran, this cluster bean thoran looks delicious.

  3. divya says:

    Healthy and yummy stir-fry..Love the combo….

  4. GEETHA ACHAL says:

    My favorite poriyal…

  5. Priya says:

    Love it with rice and papads, my fav..

  6. Umm Mymoonah says:

    Yummy poriyal, well explained.

  7. G.Pavani says:

    stir fry looks yummy n healthy..

  8. Love cluster beans poriyal..great with rice and rasam.

  9. Dear Malar
    How are you? I like this recipe ..we also cook bean in Mung-dal but with different spicing , will try this one.
    Nice to see you are still hanging on to new year resolution.
    ..Generally if one can stick to a New year resolution 40 % of the time , it is called a great achievement…jokes apart..I am sure you will stick to it ( and in the bargain we will miss healthy food as you will be cooking health food only)\
    Have a nice weekend ahead

  10. Good luck with sticking with low calorie diet… i know its so hard.. u need a lot of determination.. u go girl :)
    the fry looks healthy and yummy :)

  11. never cooked cluster beans so far.looks nice

  12. Good luck with low calories diet especially during cold days…i know it is too hard…but the porial is great!

  13. TYRA says:

    This dish looks fanatastic! Yummie


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