16 July, 2008

Cluster/Gaur Beans Bhaji - Indian Cuisine

Cluster Beans/Gawari Phali Bhaji
Easy cooking with loads of flavour, retaining the color and minerals of the vegetable is always my motive while preparing the dish. Let the vegetable have its own taste. So, here I am again with a one of the legumes widely used as green vegetable , the Cluster beans/ Gwar phali/ Gaur beans.


The ingredients used are few and can easily be found in anybody's kitchen. Cluster beans are something we dont prefer to cook but this recipe is simple yet tasty. Many innovations can be made to cook these beans to have different flavour, but I prefer to have it simply with less masala(spices), this retains the color and taste of the vegetable.


Ingredients :
For 3-4 people
  • Cluster Beans/ Gawari phali - 250 gms
  • Potatos (Peeled & cut into Cubes) - 2 medium sized
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt as per taste

Method of Prepartion:

  1. Pluck top & tail & string the beans.
  2. Wash them thoroughly in water, keep aside to rinse.
  3. Now chop in to small pieces (1/2 inch to 3/4 inch in size).
  4. Wash, peel and cut potatoes in to small dice.
  5. Heat oil in the pan.
  6. Add cumin seed. When they start to sputter add the diced potato.
  7. Fry the diced potato, now add coriander powder, red chilly powder, and salt to taste. Mix it well.
  8. When the potatoes are half cooked, add chopped gavar phali/ cluster beans.
  9. Cover and cook on a low flame for 3-4 minutes
    Remove the lid stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  10. If the cluster beans/gavar phali are not cooked well then sprinkle some water if needed. Simmer for 3-4 minutes
  11. Let the gavar phali/cluster beans be tender and soft.
  12. Serve hot with bread, Chapati , Paratha, puri, Indian's favorite breads.


  • Cluster Beans /Gawar must be young and tender, not woody and fibrous. If woody and hard, boil it in water for 3-4 minutes. Rinse the water and carry on the procedure.
  • Potaoes are optional, it adds to the volume of the Bhaji, and one who loves Aloo/potatoes will enjoy!
  • Add some fine chopped onion while frying the spices for change and enhancement of flavour. Can also add Hing (asafetida powder) while frying. This shall enhance the flavour of the bhaji.
  • Some also like to add lentils and grated coconut, but its all about the innovations to be made to change the flavour.


As we are celebrating the spirit of summer with vegetables on WBB- feast, this cluster beans bhaji shall add up more taste and variety in the WBB–Summer Feast for July,08 announced by blog Monsoon Spice.

Enjoy Cooking!

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  1. simple yet flavouful recipe. thanks rachana for another wonderful entry:)

  2. rachana, that surely looks so yummy...nothing like tender ones cooked well right...good to see your entry!

  3. Hey there, Just passing by from your Blog... Was doing Google and found this... First thing your blog is very interesting.

    The next: "Gwar ki Phali" I am seeing after years. Since we don't get to see this in US.;) Good to see the recipe and catchy picture. I am certainly going to tell this "Gwar ki Phali" to my mom.

  4. Hi Kim,
    Thanks for the comment:)
    Well I am not sure, if you can get gaur ki phali in US or not but you can try same recipe with other green beans you like to cook. Try at home & do tell me how was it!

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