Friday, September 7, 2007

Moth Beans curry and Cluster Beans sabji

Moth Beans Curry
2 cups
moth beans/matki, cooked
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin seeds, roasted & powdered
6-10 peppercorns, roasted & powdered
Salt to taste.

To be ground together:
2 Tbsp coconut
½ tsp cumin seeds

For seasoning:
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
A pinch of asafoetida
1-2 red chillies

Cook moth beans till done. (I always pressure cook dals/ beans/lentils in bulk and freeze them in separate freezer-safe plastic containers to avoid the hassle of having to use the pressure cooker every single time I need to make something using it. It has been working great for me.)

Roast and powder the cumin seeds & the peppercorns.

Grind together the coconut & cumin seeds.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, asafoetida and red chillies followed by the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté till the onions are transparent.

Add the roasted powders and the ground coconut-cumin seed mixture. Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Add the cooked beans to this and ½ cup of water & cover and cook for 5 minutes or so till all the flavors blend in.

Serve hot.

Cluster Beans sabji
3 cups
cluster beans/guvar, chopped into one inch pieces
½ onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 big piece of jaggery
Salt to taste

To be ground together:
2 Tbsp coconut
2-3 red chillies
½ tsp cumin seeds

For seasoning:
1 Tbsp oil
½ tsp urad dal(skinned and split white lentils)
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds
A pinch of asafoetida

Heat the oil in a pan and add the ingredients for the seasoning.

Add the chopped onions & garlic and sauté till the onions are transparent and soft.

Add the cluster beans and cover and cook till tender.

Add the ground coconut mixture to the beans and mix well. Cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Cluster beans are a little too bitter for my taste and I added a big piece of jaggery too. Mix well till the jaggery melts.

Serve hot with rice or rotis.

35 Burps:

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Hi tbc
Nice-looking curries....
The guvar curry u mentioned....i do it exactly the same way except that instead of red chillies I use the red chilli powder....It tastes great.....
the Moth beans subzi.....haven't made it before...I guess it goes well with roti right....Will give a try :-)

Happy cook said...

You were in a beans mood.
Both the dishes looks very nice.
It must be delicious with chapathi

Laavanya said...

Both curries look so good TBC. I've not bought Moth beans before, are they like red chori but brown in colour?
My mom always makes paruppu usli with cluster beans.. this is a nice variation.

Richa said...

ooh! matki is my fav, looks delicious :) good tip @ freezing.
guvar/coconut combo sounds & looks good!

Kribha said...

Nice looking curries. Adding a bit of jaggery to guvar is a nice idea. Usually, I add sugar. Moth beans curry looks great too. Thanks for sharing.

Rina said...

Hi TBC.....Thanks for visiting my blog. I'll try the cluster beans sabji recipe. Picture seems to be tempting....

Sreelu said...

TBC, moth beans curry looks so healthy, we call it bobbarlu in telugu. I love clustered bean except its a lot of effort to peeling them and then cutting them, so most of the time end up using frozen guvar

Seena said...

oh, wants to get some rice with it..

Asha said...

Both dishes are fabulous. I love the cluster beans, specially.I don't get it often here.Good job tbc:)

Jyothi said...

Hi TBC, cluster beans curry looks awesome and might be delicious. Never heard about these moth beans. Will try them soon. Thanks for sharing.

Tee said...

Matki recipe looks mouth watering..reminds me of Misal :)
your cluster beans recipe is being saved...looks really yummy. Whenever I make these, i end up not liking it at have to try your recipe :)

Padma said...

Both of them are my favorites....
simply love them

Mansi Desai said...

Hmm..I love moothh or "matth" as we call it, but I make it differently though. we eat it with rice and kadhhi:)

and thanks for enlightening me with the fact that guvar is called cluster beans!:)

Rajitha said...

yummy tbc.. both look good as usual...

musical said...

I love moth beans! Will try it this way next time. Both preparations look yummy!

Coffee said...

I love moth beans and that first pic is awesome!! I agree with you, guvar is bitter to my taste as well!! Even adding jaggery does not suit my tongue....... my mum would make guvar muthiya..... so the muthiyas would be mine to take! ;)

Suma Gandlur said...

I have never eaten moth beans. Both of your subjis look delicious.Are they Kerala style preparations?

Kamini said...

Strangely enough, cluster beans is one my favorites ( not many peeps like this veggie). This method looks really nice and appetising.

Nupur said...

Both dishes look totally home-style and delicious! I miss cluster beans sooo much, living in the US :(

Savithri said...

Very nice recipes! I've never heard of the moth bean. It's always nice to learn something new! Great post:)

Vcuisine said...

Both are looking great TBC. Simple but delicious. Viji

Nags said...

nice healthy recipe.. dont think my roomie wud like it though.. she might find it TOO healthy :D

Cynthia said...

Now how did that bean get to be named moth bean? :) did they not know that that is not the most appetizing name one can give to an ingredient? :)

Latha Narasimhan said...

Liked the idea of preoaring before hand and storing in the freezer! Nice dish TBC!

Sharmi said...

I love cluster beans with coconut combination. sounds yum!

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

hi tbc, i really like the way u have done ur foto-slide, the black and white looks class!!!, and healthy recipie tooo...

Lia said...

beautiful, i love beans and going to try ur version, thanks ;)

Rachna said...

i love both your dishes here TBC... they are of my fav ingedients but cooked so differently... great post!

TBC said...

Sirisha, Happy Cook- thank you both:-)

Laavanya, I am not very good with the names of all the difft types of dals:-( I only know the most commonly used ones.
But the link in my post will lead you to a pic :-)

Richa, I think being a Keralite, I have to add at least a teaspoon of coconut somewhere;-)

Kribha, sugar is good too:-)

Rina, welcome to my blog:-)

Sreelu dear, let me tell u a little secret-I used the frozen ones;-).

Seena, I know...I had it with rice too 'cos it's a thoran basically:-)

Asha:-)thank you.I have seen it around here in the Ind grocery stores but I used the frozen ones;-)

Jyothi,you are welcome.

Tee,let me know how u like it when u make it.

Padma,I am not too fond of wither of them but I make it occasionally.

Mansi, how do you guys make it. Would love to hear your version.
And u r welcome... see, blogging is not such a waste of time after all as some people think:-).You just learnt something.

Rajitha & Musical- thanks gals:-)

Coffee, do post your recipe when u get a chance, or is it already there on ur blog?

Suma, no they are not Kerala style preparations;I think they are Maharashtrian dishes...not sure.

Kamini, it is? It is far from being mine!I had to make use of some cluster beans that I had for a long time. Thanks for the compliment:-)

Nupur, thanks.I am sure you can use the frozen beans in just the same way as you would the fresh. I used the frozen ones.

Savithri, blogging does teach u stuff:-)

Viji, thanks

Nags, ha ha ha... that was funny:-)

Cynthia, that is so true:-)It does almost sound like one of those things that you would eat on Fear Factor.

Latha, thanks :-)
I have a whole bunch of other tips too but most of them have already been mentioned on a couple of other blogs.

Sharmi, thanks:-)

Sona,thank you :-)You are very generous with your compliments.The slideshow had some pics that were "color-splashed"

Lia, thank you and you are welcome:-)

Rachna, I am glad you like them:-)

Kajal said...

Mother Beans and Guvar Curry both looks delicious. You present this guvar curry in some different ingredients.

Thanks for sharing.:)

TBC said...

Kajal, you are welcome dear:-)

SeeC said...

Have never seen such a lovely presentation of Cluster beans.
Simply superb TBC

TBC said...

Seec, thank you :-)

Dee said...

Love cluster beans, can never say no and cant stop buying even if they are frozen and the hubby detests them... If I had a chance, I would cook them everyday!!

TBC said...

Dee, welcome back! where have you been?
I am not too crazy about this vegetable or the dish but it was a little different from my normal preparations:-). Cook them everyday?...I can do that only with potatoes!

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