Kothavarangai Masala. Kothavarangai Poriyal. Goru Chikkudu Kaya Vepudu.
Okay…this happens to be my favorite vegetable. No, its not the usual adage we bloggers learned to say over the years! Seriously, I mean….its my favorite:) Back home, when I was growing up, my mother used to make long face to prepare this vegetable…saying it would affect the heart or produces too much of bile…etc. I think, she is actually lazy, as this veggie demands too much of labor, removing strings and chopping! Oh, no, am positive…that would be the reason:) I know her:)
Well…I have the privilege of choosing and fixing my own dinner for some years, now (living far far away from my home). So, I can actually spoil my appetite with ice cream, chips; or I could go on crash diet and starve myself; or simply pick the most appealing produce n cook!! My mommy is not going to nag about the ‘side effects’ anymore nor my father is going to scold me for going hungry in the morning! Hmmm, that’s the freedom..I was craving all these years:) And, surprisingly, I am pretty good at taking care of myself. Yes, no one has to tell me what to eat, and what not to. So, here you go…what I decided to procure, cook and dine:)
Cluster Beans 1 kilo
Garlic 8-10 peeled, crushed n chopped
Jaggery 1 spoon
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Tamarind 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Mustard 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves few
Oil few spoons.
Yeah, pretty much you would have guessed the recipe now with this set of ingredients, above!
In a wide wok, heat oil. Throw in spices and wait till it pops.
Add garlic, vegetables, and powdered spices, cover and cook.
If needed, add water for thorough cooking. Then, remove the lid and stir-fry over high until it is fried to perfection.
Serve to go with your chappathi or curd rice, this happens to be the best combo.