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Cluster Beans Potato Fry

2 Jul

Goru Chikkudu Alu Gadda Vepudu.

Cluster beans / Guar is chopped up and boiled till soft. They are then briefly cooked in oil along with potato and whole spices. Cluster beans fry is finished with powdered spices. Serve cluster beans potato fry over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Cluster Beans Potato Fry.


Cluster Beans 1 1/2 Cups (Chopped)
Potato 1 Medium
Red Chili Powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/8 tsp
Curry Leaves 3 – 4
Garllic 2 Cloves
Salt to Taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
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.
Strain the boiled cluster beans and keep aside.

Peel, wash and finely chop the potato.
Wash and tear the curry leaves.
Peel and crush the garlic cloves.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add crushed garlic, chopped potato and curry leaves.
Fry till potato turns golden brown in color.
Stir in boiled cluster beans and fry for around 3 minutes to evaporate most of the excess moisture and to let cluster beans fry a bit.
Remove from heat and stir in red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Serve cluster beans potato fry 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 spice powders.
Variations: You can also add a pinch of garam masala along with red chili powder if you wish.
Other Names: Cluster Beans Potato Fry, Goru Chikkudu Bangala Dumpa Vepudu.