Cluster Beans Fry is a simple, everyday curry you can whip up quickly
if you need something filling and nutritious to go with rice and dal.
This is an easy South Indian recipe and has no onions or garlic.
Cluster beans provide a lot of fiber.
Place the cluster beans in a microwave-safe bowl with
a little water and salt, and cook in the microwave for abot 5-6 minutes
or until tender. Or boil the cluster beans separately until just
tender. Do not overcook. Drain the water, if needed.
Heat the oil in a wide, nonstick skillet. Add the
asafoetida, mustard, and cumin seeds and fry for a couple of seconds.
the seeds start to pop, add the turmeric powder and curry leaves, fry
for a second, and add the cooked cluster beans along with salt as
Cover and cook the cluster beans for 2 minutes on
medium heat. Remove the lid and saute on medium heat until the beans
start browning lightly.
Add the red chilli powder and saute, stirring
occasionally, for 3-4 minutes.
Add the besan and saute for a couple more minutes
until the raw flavor of the flour is gone.
Serve the cluster beans fry with plain rice and dal
Cluster beans tend to shrink when sauteed, so use 1 1/2 times the
required quantity, i.e., if you need 1 cup of curry, take 1 1/2 cups of