Guarfali ki Sabzi

Guarfali ki Sabzi is a flavorful curry made with cluster beans . The curry is made with chickpea flour and yogurt in a typically Rajasthani style .

 

Since the beginning of the year we have been working on a A to Z series for our regular monthly BM and I have chosen to cook from different states of India . A new state with three dishes every month . I have cooked from Punjab , Gujarat and now it’s Rajasthan . The alphabets this month are G, H and I .

 

Guarfali is a bean which is very popular in Rajasthan as it is used by agriculturists in semi-arid regions of Rajasthan to follow crop rotation to replenish the soil. Since the produce is very high the Rajasthani’s use these abundantly . They even dry these pods and serve them as crisps to go along with meals .

 

To make a curry with these beans it is best to use the tender guar , but at times the guarfali is slightly hard , in that case you need to de string these beans . The fali is always boiled and cooked as it’s slightly bitter in taste . For this reason either curd or tomato are always used . I have a version of these with raw mango too , will definitely post that sometime .

 

Today’s curry is with yogurt and chickpea flour and the curry has medium consistency gravy . It’s slightly tangy and spicy . The spice level of course can be taken care of . Since chickpea flour has the tendency to dry up very fast , the curry is best served as soon as it’s made , but if pressed of time , just adjust the consistency while serving . The curry goes best with chapatis or parathas .

 

Guarfali ki Sabzi

Guarfali ki Sabzi

Ingredients

2 cups cluster beans
1 cup curd
11/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp chilly powder
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp chickpea flour
Salt to taste
2 tsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
Pinch asafoetida

Method

Chop the head and tails of the cluster beans , then chop them into about 1” pieces .
Boil these with a pinch of cooking soda to retain the green colour .
Boil till tender , drain excess water .
Combine curd , coriander powder , chilly powder , turmeric powder , chickpea flour and salt . Mix well using a whisk .
Take a pan and heat oil .
Add mustard seeds , fennel seeds and asafoetida . As soon as mustard seeds start popping add the prepared curd mix .
Add 1/2 a cup of water and keep stirring and cook for 3 to 4 minutes .
Add the drained cluster beans and cook again for 5-7 minutes on slow flame , stirring occasionally .
Serve right away as the chickpea flour tends to thicken .
If serving later , adjust the consistency of the gravy .
Gavarfali ki Sabzi
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Guarfali ki Sabzi
Guarfali ki Sabzi is a flavorful curry made with cluster beans . The curry is made with chickpea flour and yogurt in a typically Rajasthani style .
Course Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Course Lunch
Cuisine Indian Cuisine
Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Instructions
  1. Chop the head and tails of the cluster beans , then chop them into about 1” pieces .
  2. Boil these with a pinch of cooking soda to retain the green colour .
  3. Boil till tender , drain excess water .
  4. Combine curd , coriander powder , chilly powder , turmeric powder , chickpea flour and salt . Mix well using a whisk .
  5. Take a pan and heat oil .
  6. Add mustard seeds , fennel seeds and asafoetida . As soon as mustard seeds start popping add the prepared curd mix .
  7. Add 1/2 a cup of water and keep stirring and cook for 3 to 4 minutes .
  8. Add the drained cluster beans and cook again for 5-7 minutes on slow flame , stirring occasionally .
  9. Serve right away as the chickpea flour tends to thicken .
  10. If serving later , adjust the consistency of the gravy .
Recipe Notes

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4 thoughts on “Guarfali ki Sabzi”

  1. That is such an interesting curry with guarfali. Using yogurt as the base sounds delicious. Will have to try this Rajasthani recipe some time soon.

  2. Fantastic recipe Vaishali. Cluster beans is very popular and a cherished vegetable in Andhra too and Amma makes different varieties with it, we all simply love this one. However, never tried with this combination of ingredients, must surely try it sometime. As I have said, this challenge is even more complex with you doing 3 from each state, too good..:)

  3. I have never cooked with cluster beans. This gravy sounds nice and thick. I would love that with some plain chaawal…

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