Kothavarangai kotu

Kothavarangai | Cluster beans , the veggie i am buying and tasting for the first time. Yes, i have never seen my mom cooking this veggie and even at my in laws place they won't cook this vegetable. When i went for vegetable shopping with my friend , she was telling that she will make kootu out of cluster beans. When she explained the method i too picked up some cluster beans and made this kootu. It turned out very nice . Try out this simple kootu. It doesn't involve any pressure cooking of dal as we do for other kootu varieties.

Cluster Beans Kootu

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20Mins |   Serves : 3

    Cluster Beans |Kothavarangai -  200 gms
    Moong Dal  - 1 and 1/2 tblsp
    Black whole pepper - 7-8
    Red chilli -1-2
    Coconut (scrapped) -  2 tblsp
    Salt   -  as needed
    Turmeric Powder -  1/4 tsp
    Oil  - 1 tsp
    Mustard Seeds  - 1/4 tsp
    Curry Leaves -Few
    Asafoetida    2 pinches

Cluster beans kootu
  • Wash the kothavarangai and chop them . 
  • In a pan add the chopped vegetable and add little water. Add turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt.
  • Cook this till the vegetables becomes soft. Cluster beans will get cooked in 10-12 minutes.cut veggies Cluster beans
  • Meanwhile roast the moong dal, black pepper and red chilli in a dry pan till the dalgives out a nice aroma and changes into golden brown colour.
  • When cool, grind this into a fine paste along with coconut.
  • Add the ground paste to the cooked veggie.
Ground coconut mixture Kothavarangai kootu
  • Mix well and add little water to this to get a kootu consistency.  The kootu will get thicken when it is cool as we have added moong dal in the ground paste.
  • So even if it is little watery it is ok.
  • Temper mustard seeds and curry leaves on the top.
Kothavarangai kootu kootu
  • Serve with rice and any spicy curry. We had with Potato Curry.
Kothavarangai -kootu

  1. Do not increase the quantity of moong dal more than the amount mentioned. The kootu will be very thick and the texture will not be nice.

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  1. Always make only usili with cluster beans...the kootu sounds interesting....looks yummy

  2. I have never tried kootu with kothavarangai... Looks so delicious and healthy..

  3. lovely kootu...i didnt taste this much in specific...it was always a added vegetable in kootu

  4. Wow I didn't know v could make kootu with this jeyashri lovely must be so yumm and flavorful

  5. I do it but I add tomato also

  6. i just add a hand full of moong dal rest ofthe procedure are same.. too good

  7. Delicious, Drooling here

  8. Kootu without Toordal? Sounds interesting..

  9. I made it as per ur recipe ..it was excellent ..

  10. Hi....just wanted to ask can this be made with any other vegetable?

  11. Just made it. Was amazing. I just moved to the US.. And your blog is keeping me alive. Respect

  12. I made this recipe day before yesterday and liked it. Good way to include lentil in vegetables.