Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Koththavarangaai (Cluster Beans) Fry

Cluster beans, called koththavarangaai in Tamil, is one of my favorites. Frankly, I like this beans better than the other varieties. Here is one very simple fry with koththavarangaai.

Ingredients (about 2 servings):

Cluster beans - about 1/4 lb cut into about 1 inch pieces
Cooking oil - 2 tablespoons
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Urad dhal - 1 teaspoon
Asafoetida - a couple of pinches
Red chilli powder (optional) - 1 teaspoon (vary this to suit your taste)
Salt to taste


1. Wash, trim the edges, remove the veins from the sides and cut cluster beans into 1 inch pieces and set aside.
2. In a wide pan, heat some cooking oil, pop mustard seeds, add urad dhal and asafoetida and fry until the urad dhal turns light golden brown in color.
3. To step 2, add the cut cluster beans from step 1, mix everything well, put a lid on and cook on low heat for about 5 - 7 minutes until the beans becomes slighlty tender.
4. To step 3, add some salt and red chilli powder (if you need that little extra kick :-)) and fry it on medium heat until the beans gets cooked thoroughly. It roughly takes about 15 - 20 minutes.
5. Serve as a side dish with rice and sambar/rasam.

If you add a little chilli powder, you can have this even with chappathis.


Uma said...

Yummy Curry!! Just the way I make :)

Anupama said...

@ Uma: Thanks Uma. It is simple yet tastes great right???!!!

Sanghi said...

Simple curry anu.. nice to see your post after a long time..!

kitchen queen said...

My favourite is kothavarangai.nice combination with rasam sadam.

lata raja said...

Nice variation from paruppu usli. and I like the big sized pieces sauteed well. Yummy.

Rohini said...

Looks delicious and inviting!
First time here, You have a great blog!! Following you!
Pls do drop by mine when you have sometime!
Till then, happy cooking!!

Anupama said...

@ Sanghi, kitchen queen, Lata, Rohini: Thank you everyone. Lata, yes it is a nice variation from paruppu usili especially for people like me who are lazy to endure the long process of making paruppu usili :-). Rohini, thanks for stopping by. I'll definitely stop by your space :-).

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Healthy recipe, very yummy too.

Anupama said...

@ Sangeetha Subhash: Thank you :-)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Simple and delicious curry.

Mriganayani said...

Hi Anupama - this is also Anupama!

you have a very nice space here! Love the kothranga fry - perfect to go with a nice rasam!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

simple and easy one...

Shwetha said...

This is exactly the way we make at home. Delicious!

Anupama said...

@ Mriganayani: Oh nice! Thanks for stopping by though :-)

@ Home Cooked Oriya Food, Shwetha: Thank you fellas :-)