Cluster Beans Curry

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Cluster Beans/Chitmidkesang/Gorikayi in English/Konkani/Kannada. Cluster Beans are not as popular as the regular french Beans but its fiber content and medicinal value has a lot going for it ! This beans as such is also a bit bitter compared to regular beans that is rather sweet. I put up Cluster Beans stir fry long ago on this blog and today I would like to put up yet another dish – this is also a dry curry dish which you can enjoy with rice and roti. The recipe, some of you might recognize, is actually a Gujju dish ! Here we go !


What you need to have:

1. Chooped Cluster Beans – 3 Cups

2. Mustard – 1/2 Teaspoon

3. Cumin seeds – 1/4 Teaspoon

4. Turmeric powder – A pinch

5. Curry leaves – 1-2 Sprigs

6. Cooking oil – 2-3 Teaspoon


Chopped Cluster Beans

Ingredients of Seasoning

Ingredients of Wet Masala:

1. Fesh grated Coconut – 3 Tablespoon

2. Ajwain seeds – 1/4 Teaspoon

3. Red Chilli -3

4. Bilimbi 1-2

5. Jaggery – A little liberal

6. Salt – As per taste Taste

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash and chop off the tip and bottom of cluster beans and keep it aside as shown in image 2.

2. Place a skillet with 2-3 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. When heated add mustard seeds to it. When it starts  spluttering, add cumin seeds to it. Finally add curry leaves and Turmeric powder too.

Seasoning in progress

Ingredients of Wet Masala

3. Place a spatula with 1 teaspoon of cooking oil in it on low flame. When heated, fry red chilli in it. Switch off the flame and add Ajwain seeds to it. Grind the ingredients of wet masala in the mixer adding water in steps to a medium fine consistency.

Ground Wet Masala

4. Add the wet masala from step 2 to the seasoning from step 1 and let it cook for a while there.

Wet Masala being fried in the seasoning

5. When done, add chopped cluster beans from step 1 to it. Stir, add a little water and close it with a lid stirring at regular intervals. When cooked transfer it to a serving bowl and serve with rice/roti.  Yummmmm !

Cluster Beans being cooked with seasoning & Masala

6. Ready to serve cluster beans curry is as shown in the image below.

Ready to serve Cluster Beans curry

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 4-5

Good to remember:

1. Use very tender beans for better taste.

2. Jaggery is a must for this dish.

3. Adding Ajwain gives a unique touch, so try that.


8 thoughts on “Cluster Beans Curry

    Melange said:
    December 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I loved the way you have chopped the beans..Its clean and so pretty with the same length..The recipe sound delicious.Would love to give a try.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm


      I visited your blog . Really great!!!! Thanx for your comments.

    radha said:
    December 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    looks very nice. I like the unique flavour of these beans.

    Priya said:
    December 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Super delicious curry..

    sushma mallya said:
    December 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

    looks yummy,simple and nice to have with rice…

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      Hi Sushma and Priya,

      Thanx a lot to both of you for visiting my blog and also to your sweet words of encouragement.

    baljinder singh said:
    March 5, 2012 at 4:02 am

    i like it

    mary said:
    January 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    lovely ………this beans is something i never liked….tried making ……..tasted lovely thanks a ton

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