Cluster beans are called gawar or gavar in India and this recipe is typical of how we make a gowar foogath which is often served as a side dish with rice roti or chapati for dinner. A very popular vegetable in the East-Indian household
A foogath is a vegetable made as a side dish with grated coconut. Because it is usually served with a main course it is not heavy but rather just lightly spiced with some fresh green chilled. You can make footgath is any vegetable as I have shared before with French bean, cauliflower, cabbage, usal (mixed sprouts). It is a fairly simple dish that takes less than 15 minutes to make.
Ingredients and substitutes
- Vegetable – Today, I am using gowar also known as cluster beans. But, you can use other beans and similar veggies such as tendli, cabbage, drumsticks, etc
- Mustard – splattering mustard seeds with curry leaves is a unique and wonderful flavor on its own. Not typical with a foogath but trust me it’s worth the extra flavor.
- Onions – I like to use red Spanish onions because they cook down and become sweeter.
- Garlic /ginger – always use nothing but fresh!
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Gowar Foogath – Sauteed Cluster BeansPrint Pin Rate
- Saute Pan
- Cutting Board
- Kitchen Knife
- 250 grams Gowar Clean, devein and cut gowar
- 2 tbsp Cooking Oil
- 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds jeera
- 4 Curry leaves
- 1 tsp Garlic minced
- 2 Green chilies or less
- 1/2 tso Tumeric powder
- 1/2 cup Grated coconut (optional)
- 1 tsp Sugar
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Pepper
- Saute – In a Kadai or saute pan – add oil, mustard seeds, and cumin seeds. Let the mustard seeds splutter a bit then add the curry leaves, turmeric powder, and green chilies.2 tbsp Cooking Oil, 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds, 1 tsp Cumin seeds, 4 Curry leaves, 1 tsp Garlic, 2 Green chilies, 1/2 tso Tumeric powder
- Veggie – Then add the gowar (cluster beans) and 1/4 cup water. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Pro tip – Do not cover for more than 5 minutes or the beans will lose their bright green color.250 grams Gowar, 1/2 cup Grated coconut, ½ tsp Salt, ½ tsp Pepper
- Tender – After 5 minutes open the pan and continue to cook on low heat. Add the grated coconut and sugar. Taste and adjust seasoning. Pro tip – use only as much water as necessary to cook the gowar until tender.1 tsp Sugar
- Serve with rice roti or chapati
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