Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Simple Cluster Beans/ Guvar/ GoruChikudu fry with podi

So as days fly by and me doing nothing but reading and more reading....ya I got back into my mode of reading and when I get into that mode, I don't do anything much!....just the day to day stuff and nothing else...I don't even find time to come online or even FB!!......
And then I fall sick! A bad attack of summer cold..sniff sniff....and achchooo! looks like everyone in the house is sick with a mild form of it.....and what better time to lie on the bed and do nothing!....

Well I cant just do nothing...I have so much stuff to do....last week I couldn't perform my Varalakshmi this week Friday, I will be doing have to get shopping and cleaning for the coming Friday!
Here is a simple and easy recipe for such days (the only difficult part in this is the chopping or what do you say....plucking the cluster beans into pieces by can surely use the knife, if that suits better for you! )....a simple Cluster beans fry with podi.

Here I used Kandi Podi, which I always have handy and just recently made a fresh new batch when my Mom was here....but you are welcome to use any pappula podi or even gun powder or idli podi for this dish. What the podi does is, as a new and flavorful spice taste to the curry. You can use it for any fry you make, like even bendi or eggplant or any other kind of beans too.
Don't use too much, so that it doesn't overpower the dish, just use it mildly.


1 pound of cluster beans, guvar, goru Chikudu, washed and broken into 1/2 inch pieces.
1 small onion chopped

1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp jeera or cumin seeds
1/4 tsp urad dal
2 dry red chilies. broken
few curry leaves

1/2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
pinch of turmeric
1/2 tsp - 1 tsp chili powder (suit your taste)
1 tbsp kandi podi (more or less)
Salt to taste

1 tbsp of oil

Chopped coriander leaves for garnish


Heat oil in a pan and add the tempering ingredients. When the urad dal browns, add the red chili and curry leaves.
Add chopped onions and when they turn translucent, add the ginger garlic paste and saute a little.
Add the goru chikudu pieces along with some salt, cover and let cook until the beans are tender.
Add the red chili powder, turmeric along with kandi podi and mix well.
Saute for couple of minutes more till the beans are fully cooked. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve along with rice or chapatis.

Tip: If you notice the beans are burning or sticking to the bottom or the pan, add a few drops of water and mix well. This will not let them burn and also cook faster.


  1. Delicious stir fry...A very new form for me..

  2. smitha ... I feel bay area has a lot of cold germs and we used to get a cold every 2 months. Now I take a capsule of Himalaya Tulsi every day and it has kept the cold germs at bay ... u must try it!

    Speaking of fresh veggies, Fremont has the most awesome farmers market every sunday morning ... loads n loads of fresh, cheap indian veggies ... let me know if you'd like to go with me one of these sundays.

  3. Kandi podi would give a super earthy taste to this lovely vegetable..

  4. wow, that looks so tempting, love the color :)

  5. Delicious and tempting stir fry !!

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  6. Good one..goruchikkudu is one of our fav veggies!

  7. wow delicious and healthy recipe,love the tempting clicks...

  8. Nice recipe with cluster beans,I love to try out different recipes with it...

  9. Looks yummy - ages since I ate them - don't see them in the market here!!

  10. Love the flavors in there ~ never cooked with this veggie before n this recipe sounds like a keeper :)

  11. I just finished my batch of these ...loved your recipe ...will try it next time ...looks fab

  12. Looks very delicious.. I use senagapappu podi for this... next time i have to try using kandi podi..
    Looks very good.

  13. I can have this delicious curry with some rice anytime,simply inviting..

  14. Cluster beans is a favorite with me. This is a new way of cooking this veggie .. Nice

  15. You have done the simple bean stir-fry into mouthwatering deliciousness. Yummy!

  16. The gujar curry looks great. Love the addition of the Kandi Podi spices. I make mine slightly differently.

  17. wow, that looks so tempting, love the color :)


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