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cluster beans poriyal

Cluster Beans Poriyal - A simple and easy side dish made with cluster beans, spices and ground garlic and peanuts. Cluster beans are native to India and are grown in the warm and dry regions. These beans are most cooked to a curry or stir fried. Cluster beans are known by different names kothavarangai, gavar, guvar, goruchikkudu, chavalikayi, etc., 

These beans have a distinct flavor and taste which does not come close to any other veggie. Cluster beans are harder than the other kind of green beans varieties like french beans or broad beans. So these are mostly precooked and then added to the masala.

Kothavarangai poriyal is a favorite veggie stir fry in our family, it tastes delicious, extremely flavorful and little spicy. It goes well with plain rice, sambar rice, curd rice, etc., 

Cluster beans are good for diabetics as they have the highest fibre content among all vegetables, which in turn, prevents a rapid rise in blood sugar levels after a meal. This contains calcium and minerals which help build the bones. It lowers the blood level of bad cholesterol. Iron and calcium present in cluster beans are good for pregnant women. It also improves blood circulation and also acts as a digestive agent.

You can make so many varieties of dishes using these cluster beans. You can make it as a simple fry or you can combine it with dal and make it as usili or kootu. Always add any one of the green vegetables to your daily meals.  Follow my step by step photo recipe to prepare Cluster Beans Poriyal. If you like this recipe share it, tweet it and pin it. Please do try and post your comments.

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Coarse : Lunch

Cuisine : South Indian

Author : Jayashree Karthik

Prep Time : 10 min

Cook Time : 20 min

Total Time :  30 min

cluster beans poriyal



  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • 1 small onion - finely chopped
  • 250 g cluster beans - chopped
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • salt - to taste
  • 3 tbsp peanuts - roasted
  • 3 garlic

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  • wash and cut and discard the top and the tail of the cluster beans. chop it into small pieces and set aside
  • dry roast the peanuts and peel off the skin and add into the mixer jar along with garlic. grind to a coarse powder and set aside
  • heat oil in a pan and temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves and allow the leaves to turns crisp
  • add finely chopped onion and saute for 1-2 minutes or until it turns translucent
  • now add chopped cluster beans, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt
  • mix well and saute for 3 minutes in the oil. then add 3/4 cup of water and mix well
  • cover with lid and cook for 10-15 minutes in low medium flame or until all the water is absorbed. mix occasionally 
  • once the cluster beans cooked well, add ground peanut garlic powder and mix well and cook for 30 seconds on high flame and then switch off the flame
  • kothavarangai poriyal is ready to serve with sambar rice or yogurt rice
  • Enjoy!


  • always choose cluster beans that are not too old as they take longer to cook and are hard for digestion
  • I personally do not remove the strings of these beans if they are young and not very old. it is very important to remove the string of the older beans as they do not get cooked
  • adjust spice level according to your taste

cluster beans poriyal



take 250 g cluster beans

cut the edges and discard it, then cut the beans in to small pieces

heat oil in the pan and temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves

add finely chopped onion

saute the onions until transparent

add chopped beans, turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt

mix well and saute for 2 minutes

add 3/4 cup of water and mix well

cover with lid and cook on low medium flame for 10-12 minutes

in the meanwhile, add roasted peanuts and garlic

grind to a coarse powder

cluster beans cooked well

add ground peanut garlic powder

mix well and cook on high flame for 30 seconds 
and then switch off the flame

cluster beans poriyal

serve with sambar rice or yogurt rice

cluster beans poriyal


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