Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gavaar Batata Bhaji - Cluster Beans & Potatoes Vegetable

Gavaar or Cluster Beans as its called is one of the healthiest vegetable around. Not many people are fan of this veggie due to its slight bitter taste but with addition of potatoes the whole texture and taste of this humble vegetable changes.  

Loaded with fiber & vitamins, this vegetable is a must atleast one or twice a week to be included in our diet.

  •  200 gms Gavaar - Cluster Beans
  • 1 Small Onion finely chopped
  • 3 Medium Sized Potatoes
  • 1tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp Goda Masala OR Coriander Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilly Powder
  • 1 tbsp Jaggery (Gul)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Roasted Peanut Powder ( Optional)
  • 1/4th Cup Coriander Leaves for garnishing
  • Water as per your preference for the gravy 
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Wash cluster beans under running water and transfer it onto kitchen towel & pat dry the beans. Peel and cut potatoes into cubes and place them in salted water.
  • Remove both the ends of the beans and cut into 1" size pieces. (Normally we break the cluster beans with hand instead of cutting it with knife).
  • Now heat oil in kadhai / pan, add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds crackle add hing (asafoetida), turmeric powder & finely chopped onion. 
  • Saute onions till translucent. Add diced potatoes and mix well, saute potatoes for 30 seconds while stirring continuously
  • Now add the cluster beans and mix properly. Add water, salt & jaggery. Close pan with lid and let the vegetable cook on medium flame, keep on stirring occasionally.
  • After 15 minutes of simmering, now add red chilly powder, goda masala OR coriander cumin seeds powder and mix well. 
  • Again cover the pan with lid and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Check if the beans & potatoes are cooked through and adjust the consistency of the gravy by adding water.
  • Normally dry version of this vegetable tastes good, in that case cook by adding little water at a time.
  • Once the cluster beans & potatoes are well cooked, switch off the flame and add roasted peanut powder (optional)
  • Gavar Batata Bhaji - Cluster Bean & Potatoes vegeable is ready.
  • Garnish with chopped Coriander Leaves & serve hot with roti, phulka or Bhakri!

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