Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kothavarangai kootu/Cluster beans kootu

cluster beans kootu

Cluster beans or Kothavarangai is rich in Fibre and low in calories and so is recommended for Diabetics. An interesting fact about these cluster beans is that  they help to reduce anxiety and tension.

Coming to our recipe, this is a tasty kootu prepared with Yellow moong dal and Cluster beans. 

One of the best thing about this kootu is that we are grinding the curry leaves and coriander leaves so that the nutrients of these wonderful greens should not go wasted


  • 250 gms Cluster beans 
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Moong dal
  • 2 tsp Sambar powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • A small piece Asafoetida/Hing
  • As per taste Salt

For Grinding:

  • 2 tbsp Grated coconut
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • A spring curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves 

For Seasoning:

  • 1/2 tsp Urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp Ghee


1) Wash and clean the cluster beans, trim the edges and chop finely.

2) Wash the yellow moong dal and add it to pressure cooker along with 1/2 cup water.

3) Add chopped cluster beans, Sambar powder, Turmeric powder, Asafoetida, Salt and a drop of oil. Pressure cook it for 3 whistles.

4) Grind the ingredients given in "For Grinding" to smooth paste.

5) Add this paste to cooked cluster beans and mix well. Let it cook in low flame till froth develops then switch off the flame..

6) Heat Ghee in a kadai/pan and add Cumin seeds to crackle. After it crackles add Urad dal and fry till golden brown.

7) Pour this sesoning mixture over the kootu.

Tasty Kootu is ready.

kothavarangai kootu

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