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GUWAR NU SHAAK (Kotthuvaranka-cluster beans Curry)



Soak Groundnuts (peanuts) about one hour in warm water and make a paste. Set it aside. Peel Garlic pods and crush them on stone and keep aside. Select Cluster Beans which are mature but not seeded. When you bend and break a bean, it should not display resistance due to fibers. Remove the ends and cut each bean in two. Soak in water and set aside for about ten minutes. Pressure cook Kotthuvaranka (cluster beans) in a pressure pan after adding sugar and a bit of salt. Cook in such a manner that the beans are cooked properly and yet they are not mushy. Take oil for tempering and put Red Chillies after breaking them in 1" pieces. Heat on a low flame. When chillies turn brown, immediately add mustard seeds. When they crackle, add the tempering to Cooked beans. Add salt and add Crushed Garlic, Dhania, jeera powders . And if the water is insufficient, add a little water and mix thoroughly. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Now add the paste of groundnuts .Let it simmer for another two to three minutes. The curry is ready. This curry is to be enjoyed with Roti/Paratha and rice too.!! If you have noticed, chilli powder is not used. The hotness is from red chillies used in tempering. In case you want to change, add one red chilli to tampering and one spoon of Chilli powder to curry. 

Cluster Beans (kotthuvaranka) 350 gms.
Garlic 8 to 10 cloves
Red Chillies 6 to 7 nos. (broken)
Groundnuts 3 to 4 spoonful
Dania Powder 1.5 spoons
Jeera Powder 1/2 spoon
Sugar 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds 1 spoon
Oil 2 to 3 ladles


 Ps. If you don't have Groundnuts, sprinkle about a spoon of Besan/kadalai maavu as the Rabaris do. But take care not to let it get lumpy.


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