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Cluster Beans with Potato Stir Fry

Cluster_Beans_Potato_Stir_Fry_1Cluster beans, a green vegetable is rich in fiber. India is the largest producer of cluster beans. Though it is slightly bitter in taste, tender cluster beans can be prepared as stir fry/curry by mixing with other vegetables. Here is Cluster Beans with Potato Stir Fry.

Cluster beans is known as Kothavarangai/ Kothavarakkai (கொத்தவரங்காய்/ கொத்தவரக்காய்) in Tamil and is known as gawaar in Hindi.


  • Cluster beans chopped – 3 cups approximately
  • Potato – 2 no
  • Onion medium – 2 no
  • Tomato – 1 no Cluster_Beans_Potato_Stir_Fry_2
  • Green chilli – 2 no
  • Turmeric powder – quarter teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder – half teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – half teaspoon
    • Carom seeds – quarter teaspoon
    • Cumin seeds – half teaspoon
    • Asafetida – generous pinch
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Oil – 1 tablespoon



  • Boil cluster beans till soft (I did it in microwave oven).

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  • Peel and chop potato, onion; chop green chilli and tomato.


  • Heat a pan with oil and do the seasoning; add chopped green chilli, curry leaves and fry for few seconds.

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  • Add chopped onion and stir fry till onion is pink.

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  • Add chopped potatoes and stir fry for few minutes.

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  • Add ginger garlic paste, chopped tomatoes and fry for few seconds; add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, salt.

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  • Mix well and add handful of water; cover and cook till potato is soft.

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  • Add boiled cluster beans and mix well; adjust consistency as per your need by sprinkling water; cook for 3 to 4 minutes till all spices blend together.

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  • Now Cluster Beans with Potato Stir Fry is ready. Serve hot with rice or chapatti.



    • Before using cluster beans for cooking, it is better to cut both ends slightly and then chop.
    • Seasoning with carom seeds (ajwain, omam – ஓமம்) helps to improve digestion and taste of the dish.

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  • Priya November 16, 2011, 1:52 am

    Super delicious combo..delicious.

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