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Cluster Beans with Dalia Powder

4 Jun

Goru Chikkudu Gulla Senaga Pappu Vepudu.

Cluster beans / Guar is chopped up and boiled till soft. They are then briefly cooked in oil along with spices. Freshly ground dalia powder is added as a finishing step. Serve cluster beans with dalia powder over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Cluster Beans with Dalia Powder.


Cluster Beans 1 1/2 Cups (Chopped)
Dalia 3 Tbsps
Red Chili Powder 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds Powder a Pinch
Salt to Taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Wash, remove little bit of both ends and chop cluster beans into small pieces.
Bring to boil around a cup of water in a sauce pot, add cluster beans and salt.
Boil till cluster beans change color and turn soft but whole.

Grind dalia into fine powder along with red chili powder and cumin seeds powder.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add cluster beans.
Fry for a minute or two to evaporate most of the excess moisture.
Stir in freshly ground dalia powder and salt.
Cook on low flame for few seconds and remove from heat.
Serve cluster beans with dalia powder over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure not to over boil the cluster beans.

Suggestions: If cluster beans are not cooked well once removed from the boiling water, cook covered in the pan with a splash of water till done before adding the dalia powder.
Variations: You can also add finely chopped carrot along with cluster beans.
Other Names: Cluster Beans with Dalia Powder, Goru Chikkudu Gulla Senaga Pappu Vepudu.