Cluster Beans with Tur Dal Medium Sauté ~ Kandi pappu Muttikaya Vepudu!

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We were getting bored with the same vegetables for dinner. And Athamma was trying her level best to get back Cluster Beans back on menu. I was opposing quite strongly for a while, but I can’t always hold back on this right. Cluster beans is called Gorchikudukaya or Mattikaya in Telugu and Kothavarangai in Tamil. Well I must say this beans is quite loved at home. Guess I have already said enough about this in Cluster Beans Curry ~ Mattikaya Kura!

Finally Athamma persuaded me to make this again. I believe this variety is her mom’s specialty dish that’s made along with Jonna Roti. So you can imagine the reaction from hubby dear. He started reminiscing about the wonders of his grandma’s cooking. The rustic and traditional way of cooking, which is no more followed by us, well we can’t still be expected to flex our muscles, trying to grind the masalas in Pestle and mortal, when we have the convenience of the food processor!

Anyway this beans is supposed to be very healthy and this variety sound most interesting, more like Usili, so I went ahead

Preparation Time : 10 – 15 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Cuisine : Andhra

Ingredients Needed:

Cluster Beans – 250 gms
Tur dal – 100 gms
Onion – 1 medium
Coconut – 2 tbsp
Garlic – 4 pods
Mustard Seeds + Urad – 1/4 tsp
Chili powder – 1 tsp
Curry leaves few
Salt to taste
Oil – 1 tsp

Method to prepare:

Wash and trim the ends of the cluster beans. Since at times, these beans tend to be bitter, these have to be cooked separately and the water discarded.

Pressure cook the Tur dal with water for 2-3 whistles or till its cooked.

Heat a kadai or pan with oil. Temper with Mustard seeds, Urad dal, then curry leaves. Sauté the chopped onions.

Meanwhile make a paste of coconut and garlic. Once the onions are well sautéed, add this paste and fry well. Then add the cooked cluster beans, salt and chili powder. Cook on high for 2 mins.

Then add the cooked dal and mix well. Simmer for 5 mins for the dal and beans to get well blended.

This is ready within 15 mins or so, if you are using pressure cookers for cooking the beans and dal.

Serve with Chapati. Traditionally this is served with Jonna Roti, Sada Roti

I was told that the water from the dal, is used to make Charu, which is Andhra’s Sambar. So steaming Rice with Muttikaya Vepudu and Charu makes an ideal meal!

Cluster Beans with Tur Dal Medium Sauté ~ Kandi pappu Muttikaya Vepudu!

Cuisine Andhra Pradesh
Dish Type Dry Side Dishes
Author Srivalli
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  1. I do not like cluster beans .. but do make it as hubby loves them .. this is going to be a different version .. am bored of cooking them the same way.Pic looks great too. 🙂

  2. Hello Hello darling Sri!:D
    I love sweetish gorikai, but don’t get them often. This dish is what we call Bassaru in K’taka. Cook beans and dal, strain and make saaru with the water and season the beans and dal on the side. Basida saaru is strained sambhar!
    Telugu and Kannada people share long history you know, specially for Lingayats with Basaveshwara guy coming from there to K’taka to spread his 5th caste! Hahaha!:)
    Great post Sri, felt like home.

  3. I hate this veggie Valli…But hubby likes this so much..I will try your way and hope I may like it. Yours Look yummy.

  4. What a fantastic entry for WHB. I haven’t heard of this type of bean before, thanks for the Wikipedia link so I could learn more about then. I’ve heard about using a powder called “guar gum” which is a type of low-carb thickener for sauces and now I see it’s made from this bean! Now I’m wishing I could taste your beans!

  5. Valli, I don’t like to flex my muscles even with a food processor! I make this often, but with mung or channa dal. I like cluster beans.

  6. We love gorchikkudukaya at home Sri! I especially love this veggie! Except its a pain to cut! We call this dish patoli… it looks delicious! Will try u’re atthamma’s recipe sometime 🙂

  7. Fantastic recipe. I love this. My neighbor who are from the south make these and give us some everytime and I just LOVE IT. So much thanks for sharing the recipe!

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