Friday, February 22, 2013

Kothavarangai Poriyal-Cluster Beans Curry (South Indian Recipe)

Cluster beans is known as kothavarangai in tamil and  gawaar in Hindi. It is a very common vegetable in my house. This poriyal goes well as an accompaniment with rice. Today we will learn the South Indian (Tamil Brahmin) style of preparing Kothavarangai Poriyal following this easy recipe.

Kothavarangai Poriyal

Kothavarangai Curry-Cluster Beans Stir Fry

Cluster Beans Stir Fry

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Cluster beans - 200 grams or 2 cups chopped
   Red chilli -2
   Green chilli -1 slit
   Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
   Grated coconut - 3 tbsp
   Salt needed

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Urad dal -3/4 tsp
   Hing/asafoetida - a pinch
   Curry leaves - a sprig


Cut and discard the top and the tail of cluster beans. Chop it into small pieces or 1 cm piece or as per your preferences.


Though I am using the pressure pan, I am not going to pressure cook the beans as it will get over cooked.I have used the pressure pan without the weight. You can follow the same method using a heavy bottomed pan or kadai also

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, red chillies, hing and green chillies. Saute until dal turns golden brown.

Then add the chopped cluster beans, turmeric powder, salt needed.

How to make kothavarangai curry

Sprinkle a little water, close the cooker without the weight and cook on low or medium flame.

Open in between, stir and sprinkle more water if needed and cook until soft.

Kothavarangai Curry South Indian

Once the beans are tender and the water has evaporated, add grated coconut, mix well and switch off the flame.

Cluster beans curry

Serve as a side dish for sambar rice or rasam rice or curd rice.

More Cluster Beans recipes

Kothavarangai Puli Kootu

Kothavarangai Paruppu Usili

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  1. i like this esp with rasam.. i make it the same way but i just use a pan for cooking.. :)

  2. i generally do not cook cluster beans apart from usli ! But my husband like this veggies a lot !:) i do the same way :) except my cut is little big !

  3. Delicious and lovely poriyal. very healthy as well.

  4. i love the combo of this with sambar. i prepare the same way. i have heard many dont love this beans but i love it.

  5. Dear Padhu,
    As usual, I have taken a liking for your recipe this time also. Kothavarangai, used to be our main stay in the village that I hail from in Thanjavur district. My mother was a master chef with these country grown vegetables, as we did not have much access to the so called English vegetable those days which used to come from hill stations only.
    I have forwarded your recipe to my children in USA and they have also become your fan now. I cannot but appreciate your culinary skills since these have the Thanjavur flavour and makes me nostalgic.

  6. I like this with curd rice!!
    Nice recipe!

  7. this is one of my fav, looks so tempting.

  8. Padhu akka this is Naveen. your blog was very helpful when i tried to cook on my own. I like cluture beans so much with curd rice. its authentic SI Style. thank you.

  9. My face vegetable now with extra taste..Its goes well with rasam.

  10. Thanks for the recipe Padhu, the kothavaragana poriyal came out well,

  11. good to prepare and very tasty to eat. thanks


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