October 11, 2012

Cluster beans Fry / Kothavaranga Varuval / Kothavaranga Kara Poriyal

Cluster beans is also known as kothavaranga in Tamilnadu..This is one type of green beans with a slight bitter taste.. I have seen people not eating this because of the different taste but it has lots of nutritious value..
They are rich in fiber n protein and is available as vegetable and in powdered form ( cluster beans seeds are dried n ground into flour, known as guar gum)...Very interesting read while googling abt this veggie was that this powder is used as a thickener in many foods.. such as icecream( instead of gelatin ) n cheese, sauces n dressings... It is also very effective in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome n reduces cholesterol... Read that the powder form is very useful in weight loss n in diabetes treatment.
Above details were googled ..thought of sharing with you people...
And to the recipe...As you all know that cluster beans is used in curries n dals... I used to prepare lots of recipes using this veggie like Kothavaranga poriyal, sambhar, varuval, aviyal......
Today sharing my varuval recipe...my friend used to call this recipe as kara poriyal....

Ingredients :

  • 1 Big Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 Cup Cluster beans / kothavaranga, chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chilli - coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • Coriander leaves, finely chopped for garnishing

Method :
  • Heat oil in a pan, add chopped onion and fry till translucent.
  • Add the chopped tomato and fry them again for a minute.
  • Now add the turmeric powder, salt and chilli - coriander powder.
  • Mix well and add the chopped cluster beans.
  • Add little water, mix well, close the lid and cook for 5 minutes in a medium flame or till the veggie gets cooked.
  • Once done, remove from flame and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve with Sambhar rice, Rasam rice or Curd rice.


  1. Lovely dish..Goes well with rice


  2. wow.. tempting and delicious side-dish..

  3. lovely preparation,perfect for curd rice!!

  4. Simply love this fry with a bowl of rice,yumm.

  5. Healthy & Delicious combo!! Loved it :)

  6. It looks really yummy...


  7. interesting info regarding the powdered form of this veggie...
    Nice recipe..I always make usili out of this veggie

  8. Hey nice one dear. I have tried this 2 years back, but it was not good. I'll try your recipe :)