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December 10, 2014

Kothavarangai poriyal/Cluster Beans Curry recipe

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cluster beans poriyal
Cluster beans curry / Kothavarangai poriyal is an easy poriyal recipe that can be made under 15 minutes. As it has no grinding job, bachelors can also try this recipe. Cluster beans poriyal can be made with or without onion. It tastes good in either ways. It goes well with more kuzhambu & sambar sadam. My Father-in-law is fond of cluster beans sambar. So he used to buy kothavarangai/cluster beans very often. My MIL used to make kothavarangai sambar and poriyal with it. This is my MIL's style recipe. Ok, Lets see how to make this easy kothavarangai poriyal recipe for rice.

Kothavarangai poriyal/Cluster beans curry recipe

Kothavarangai poriyal/Cluster beans curry recipe Kothavarangai poriyal/Cluster beans curry recipe-Tastes the best with More kuzhambu and sambar !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dishes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


  • Cluster beans/kothavarangai – 1 cup ( finely chopped)
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Yellow moong dal - 1 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Tamarind – a big pinch
  • Salt & water - as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few

  • Wash the cluster beans.Discard the head and tail portions and chop it finely. In a kadai,heat 1/2 tbsp of oil and saute the cluster beans for a minute.Then transfer this to a pressure cooker base and add yellow moong dal,tamarind,sambar powder,salt and little water( I kept in a small tiffin box and cooked it along with dal in pressure cooker).
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  • Pressure cook in high flame for 2-3 whistles.Tamarind will be cooked well and mashed with vegetable.Open the cooker and drain excess water if any ( if u don’t want to discard the excess water,let it be with cluster beans). Heat a kadai with oil and temper mustard seeds,urad dal and cumin seeds.Add onions and saute till transparent.
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  • Now add the cooked cluster beans( if adding with excess water,allow it to boil well and drain) and boil well for minute.After the poriyal becomes dry,add sugar and mix well.Lastly add grated coconut,mix well and switch off the flame.Serve with rice,gravy/kuzhambu and papad !
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    Enjoy !


    • Adding onions is optional here.If we make this poriyal on no moon day/Ammavaasai,we make it without onions.It tastes good in either ways !
    • Adding little tamarind helps to overcome the mild bitterness of cluster beans.

    Try this yummy kothavarangai poriyal and serve with rice n gravy !I served it with broad beans sambar Smile
    cluster beans poriyal 2

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    Unknown said...

    I too make cluster beans but in a different way!!! Yours look yummm..Pass that sambar plate with kothavarangai

    Unknown said...

    My brother loves kothavarangai poriyal. ..He used to have it with piping hot rice....nice yummy...recipe

    Sona said...

    I love kothavarangai, wish I get this here. Looks delicious..

    Meenu said...

    When to add tamarind ?.is it tamarind water should be added

    Chitra said...

    You should add tamarind along with cluster beans in pressure cooker.I will update it now.Thanks for asking :)

    Rafeeda AR said...

    that sounds really interesting the way you make... love beans anytime...

    jaya's recipes said...

    nice curry and nice clicks!

    Divs said...

    Love the last click. very comforting meal. i prefer to eat kothavarangai poriyal with tomato rasam.

    Unknown said...

    A very interesting way to prepare cluster beans. Looks Yummy!!

    Shobha Kamath said...

    Nice, easy and tasty curry.

    Unknown said...

    Nice and easy