Gavar (Cluster Beans) Recipe

The humble yet very yummy and popular Gavar (Cluster Beans)... They are not only low in calories, but also very effective in lowering the blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It is also a good source of protein.


Cluster beans (Gavarfali) – 500 gms
Onions – 2
Potatoes – 2 (Cut into cubes)
Tomatoes – 1 (Chopped)
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Carom (Ajwain) Seeds – ½ tsp
Ginger – 1 tsp (Chopped)
Garam Masala – 1 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Turmeric powder – A pinch
Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
Chilli powder – As required
Mustard oil – As required
Salt – To taste


1. Heat the mustard oil in a pan.

2. Add the asafoetida, ajwain and cumin seeds and let it splutter for a few minutes. Add the hing and let it splutter. 

3. Add the onions and ginger paste. Fry them until they are golden brown in colour.

4. Add the chopped tomatoes and sauté for another 2-3 minutes, until it releases the oil.
5. Add the beans & the potatoes, along with the salt, garam masala, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Stir till fragrant (a few seconds).

6. Add some water.

7. Pressure cook all the above ingredients for about 3 whistles.
8. Garnish with coriander and serve with plain rice / chapatti.


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