Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sambar beans Thoran

I have always known these beans as Sambar beans , maybe because in kerala homes it is probably used only in Sambar .In the hostel mess it is a different story ,these slightly bitter beans used to be served very frequently in our college hostel . These beans are also known as cluster beans or guar beans or kothamara or amaraykka.

  1. Guar beans - 1 lb remove the ends string and cut into small pieces
  2. Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  3. Green chillies - 5 chopped
  4. Onion - 1/2 of 1 chopped
  5. Garlic - 1 clove chopped
  6. Curry leaves - 1 spring
  7. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  8. mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  9. Oil - 1 tbsp
  10. salt - to taste

Mix together with your hand the grated coconut , garlic,onion, green chillies, curry leaves, turmeric powder and salt to taste and set aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, when it splutters add in the beans and salt to taste and stirfry for 2 minutes.
Make some space in the center of the pan and add in the coconut mixture and cover with the beans and cook on medium flame in a covered pan until the beans are cooked ( 8 minutes).
Remove the lid, mix well and fry for another minute .
Serve with rice.


  1. wat a healthy n nutritious dish. This one is new to me. love its color.

  2. healthy and tasty recipe.. thanks for sharing!!

  3. it's so amazing. heard about this. but got it now. thx 4 ur notes.

  4. My fav way to cook beans. healthy one.


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