Cluster beans fry
I was so delighted when I found cluster-beans in the nearby Indian store (never seen 'em there before!). It is one of my favorite vegetables, maybe because of its sheer rarity in my life. Back home too, we hardly get to eat it, as my parents gave up this vegetable during their trip to the holy city of Kashi (Varanasi).


cluster beans - 500 grams
chilli powder -  1/2 tsp (adjust according to taste)
turmeric powder - a pinch
mustard seeds - 1 tsp
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
black gram (urad dal) - 1 tsp
asafoetida - a pinch
salt - 3/4 tsp (adjust according to taste)
oil - 1 tbsp


Finely chop cluster beans. Heat oil in a pan with mustard, cumin and black gram. When it splutters, add asafoetida, trumeric, salt and chilli powder. Add cluster beans immediately and mix well. Fry with a little water until cooked.
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