Mottikaya Thalimpu | Cluster Beans Dry Saute

>>  Sunday, April 29, 2012

It's a wonder how time really flies. Today is the last day of the Blogging Marathon#15. I have exciting news to share that there will be a new version of Blogging Marathon, soon to be introduced. I will announce it as soon as I finalize the plan.

Coming to the post for today, it's another dry vegetable sautes from our traditional Ugadi Festival Thali. As I had mentioned in that post, Amma used to make about seven different vegetable side dishes, that are dry. The entire day is used to be spent on preparing the food. Since the food is offered to God, we can't taste any of the dish and we also observe fasting till the pooja.

And there is that condition that one particular vegetable can't be cooked in the same vessel as another. You can imagine, end of cooking there will be one huge pile of vessels to be washed. And we will be so tired that we will almost be happy that it's next year that we again have to worry about this festival. Of course this is my thoughts and not Amma's. She will only be so glad to do it all over again the next day if she has too!
I have been telling her that she has to cut down her number of dishes she makes, she refuses to do that. Somehow due to various reasons, she ended up making only 3 different vegetables whereas it used to be anything between 7 or 9. It has to be an odd number.

The way these vegetables are made are also little different than the regular method. In the end when you sit down to enjoy your feast, I always think there is so much on the plate, which will one enjoy! Well that's just me and not the thoughts of others.

Before I go to the recipe, let's do a recap of the two weeks.

Week 1 - Indian Thalis

Andhra Thali ~ Mudda Pappu, Bendakaya Vepudu
Chow Chow Sambar ~ South Indian Lunch Thali
How to make Oats Vegetable Upma | South Indian Breakfast Thali
Fried Naan | How to make Fried Naan | North Indian Thali
Maida Pakoda | Maida Onion Pakoda | North Indian Thali
Shahi Matar Capsicum Sabji | Side Dish for Chapati
Methi Puri - Methi Poori Recipe | North Indian Thali

Week 2 Recipes from Thali

Methi Kofta in Spicy Dal | Dal with Methi Koftas
Methi Carrot Pulao Recipe | How to make Carrot Methi Pulao...
Carrot Kheer | How to make Carrot Payasam
Semiya Saggubiyam Payasam | Semolina Sago Porridge
Paneer Payasam | Paneer Kheer ~ Breakfast Thali
Raw Banana Fry / Plantain fry / Valakkai Poriyal

Ingredients Needed:

Cluster Beans - 250 gms
Onions - 1/4 cup medium
Garlic - 2 pods
Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Ground nut powder - 2 tsp

Mustard seeds + Urud dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves few

How to make Cluster Bean Dry saute.:

Clean and trim the beans. Chop them into 2 inch pieces. In a pan, bring water to boil, add the beans and cook till tender. Drain the water and keep it aside.

Chop onions into fine pieces. Crush the garlic pods

Heat oil in a pan. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Then add the curry leaves, garlic. Fry for 1 min.

Then add finely chopped onions. Fry till its brown. Add the drained beans to the pan. Sprinkle turmeric powder, salt. Cover with lid and simmer for 5 mins.

Then add the chili powder, coriander powder. Adjust the salt. Cover and cook again for 10 - 15 mins, till the beans are well cooked.

Once its cooked, remove the lid and add the ground nut powder. Mix well.


The water used for cooking is not used in cooking as it tends to be bitter.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 15


Priya April 29, 2012 at 2:48 AM  

I used to add channadal with this cluster beans fry,would love to have simply with a bowl of rice..delicious.

Aarthi April 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM  

yummy that spread too

Champa April 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM  

This is one vegetable I would never clean and chop. If someone does it, I will cook. Too much work. Don't know how you manage to do it with all the other busy work.

vaishali sabnani April 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM  

with a slight difference ..the cluster beans are cooked in the similar way in our house..we add tomatoes at the last step....and dont use musturd is ditto!!..and i love this flavor!!

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi April 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM  

Good one. We never use garlic and onion for a festival feast.

The Pumpkin Farm April 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM  

very similar to how my mom makes it except for the urad dal tempering...i never make cluster beans as this is one thing I prefer mom making....after reading this, i have to ask her now

Vardhini April 29, 2012 at 11:50 PM  

Inviting thali and the poriyal looks yummy too.


Chef Mireille April 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM  

another amazing spread from you..y am I not surprised!

Kalyani April 30, 2012 at 9:53 AM  

love cluster beans.. usually make paruppu usli with that.. this version looks good !

nice being part of BM 15, Valli !

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Jayanthi April 30, 2012 at 9:53 AM  

Your cluster beans look fab and the spread doesn't need any words to praise...simply superb. Kudos to those who did thaali...lot of effort but well worth it.

rajani April 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM  

I make usili with this, havent tried any other dish. This BM was fun, but exhausting, since I am still behind in catching up with the posts!

Loved the Thali theme and I am glad I switched, because we loved each and every thali! And I learnt a lot about regional cuisine. Keep up the great work you are doing :)

PJ April 30, 2012 at 6:34 PM  

Nice curry.somehow this is one veggie that we never cook!
Waiting for the next BM....

Zari(Nilam) May 1, 2012 at 1:04 AM  

I am new awesome thali.

Nalini's Kitchen May 1, 2012 at 5:08 AM  

Inviting Thali... the curry looks tempting and delicious..

Suma Gandlur May 2, 2012 at 7:11 PM  

We amke it with coconut but never amde with peanut powder.
Also onions and garlic are taboo in our homes during festival days. :)

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