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July 3, 2017

Kothavarangai Kootu Recipe – Cluster Beans Kootu / Poricha Kuzhambu Recipe

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Kothavarangai kootu recipe / Cluster beans kootu (Gawar Ki Phalli sabji in Hindi) is an easy, healthy side dish for rice.We call this as Kothavarangai poricha kuzhambu in Tamil.
kothavarangai kootu
We make it as a gravy and eat it by mixing with plain rice adding ghee.We serve with puli kuzhambu too. Usually I make kothavarangai sambar or poriyal. But recently I started making this kootu learning from my MIL. It is prepared with cluster beans, moong dal, tamarind sambar powder and ground coconut paste. We love its taste and flavor. To make my job simple, I make this kootu directly in a pressure cooker. So this side dish for rice can be prepared under 15 minutes. Do try this healthy cluster beans kootu at home and enjoy with plain rice & ghee. Lets see how to make kothavarangai poricha kuzhambu with step by step photos !
cluster beans kootu

Kothavarangai Kootu Recipe / Cluster Beans Kootu

Kothavarangai Kootu Recipe / Cluster beans kootu Kothavarangai poricha kuzhambu / cluster beans poricha kootu recipe for rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Kootu Recipes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Cluster beans/ Kothavarangai - 20 nos.
  • Moong dal - 1 tbsp
  • Tamarind  or tomato - small piece( 1/2 tsp extract) / 1 no.  
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt & Water - as needed
To grind
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Small onion - 2 nos or big onion - 1/4 no
  • Cumin seeds /Jeera - 1/4 tsp
  • Rice flour - 1 tsp
  • Water - to grind smooth
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few


  1. Wash and chop cluster beans into 1 inch size pieces.Grind coconut, onion, cumin seeds to a smooth paste and keep aside.
    Kothavarangai kootu recipe
  2. In a pressure cooker base, heat coconut oil and splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves. Add the chopped cluster beans and saute for 2 minutes in medium flame.

  3. Add 1 cup of water, turmeric powder, sambar powder, moong dal, tamarind extract or chopped tomato and ground coconut paste. Mix well.
    Kothavarangai kootu recipe
  4. Pressure cook in very low flame for 2 whistles. Open the lid after the steam is released. Mix well and check for thickness. If the kootu is very thick, add 1/4 cup water, mix well and boil for a minute. If its watery, boil for 2 minutes till kootu becomes thick.

  5. Serve this kootu with puli kuzhambu or vatha kuzhambu. You can mix this with plain rice adding a tsp of ghee. Tastes great !
  6. Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of sambar powder as per your taste.
  • If you don’t have sambar powder, you can replace with 3/4 tsp red chilli powder and 1 tsp dhania powder.
  • You can also use one tomato ( finely chopped) instead of tamarind extract.
  • Addition of cumin seeds & onion for grinding adds a nice flavor to this kootu. So do not avoid it unless you make a no onion no garlic kootu.
  • Use chana dal instead of moong dal for variations.

Try this easy kothavarangai kootu and enjoy with plain rice or vatha kuzhambu !
Kothavarangai poricha kuzhambu

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arpitsadhanapal said...

Amazing Recipe. Thanks For Sharing This Post. Read How Make jalebi Recipe in Hindi

made said...

Just made this looting for dinner and we loved it.
Thank you

Chitra said...

Thanks for trying and feedback 😊