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Kothavarangai kootu recipe | cluster beans kootu

by Jeyashri suresh
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

  • 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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Kaveri Venkatesh January 15, 2014 - 8:04 am

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

Shama Nagarajan January 15, 2014 - 10:54 am

delicious kuzhambu

RENU January 15, 2014 - 11:11 am

Looks perfect

Divya Prakash January 15, 2014 - 2:25 pm

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

nandoos Kitchen January 15, 2014 - 4:03 pm

delicious kootu

Divya Shivaraman January 15, 2014 - 9:15 pm

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

Janani January 15, 2014 - 9:55 pm

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

Veena Theagarajan January 16, 2014 - 1:45 am

I do it but I add tomato also

AparnaRajeshkumar January 16, 2014 - 4:11 am

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

divya January 16, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Delicious, Drooling here

Vijayalakshmi September 5, 2014 - 8:31 am

Kootu without Toordal? Sounds interesting..

Radha Giri March 5, 2015 - 4:28 pm

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

tennisfan30 August 7, 2015 - 4:06 am

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

jeyashri suresh August 8, 2015 - 3:27 am

You can try with cucumber too

tennisfan30 August 12, 2015 - 2:31 am

kootu with cucumber? thats new to me.

Vijay Subramanian January 30, 2016 - 10:24 pm

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

Mini August 3, 2017 - 10:01 am

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


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