Monday, December 30, 2013

Kothavarakkai / Guvar Stir Fry

About Cluster Beans:

The Guar or cluster bean (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) is an annual legume and the source of guar gum. It is also known as Gavar, Guwar or Guvar bean.
The origin of Cyamopsis tetragonoloba is unknown, since it has never been found in the wild. It is assumed to have developed from the African species C. senegalesis. It was further domesticated in India and Pakistan, where it has been cultivated for many centuries.Guar grows well in arid to semiarid areas, but frequent rainfall is necessary. This legume is a very valuable plant within a crop rotation cycle, as it lives in symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.In fact, agriculturists in semi-arid regions of Rajasthan follow crop-rotationand use Guar as a source to replenish the soil with essential fertilizers and nitrogen fixation, before the next crop. Guar as a plant has a multitude of different functions for human and animal nutrition but its gelling agent containing seeds (guar gum) are today the most important use. Demand is rising rapidly due to industrial use of guar gum in hydraulic fracturing (oil shale gas). About 80% of world production occurs in India and Pakistan, but, due to strong demand, the plant is being introduced into new areas.
Vegetable: Guar leaves can be used like spinach and the pods are prepared like salad or vegetables. Its beans are very nutritious but the guar protein is not usable by humans unless toasted to destroy the trypsin inhibitor.


Clustered Beans - 1/2 lb
Oil - 1 tsp
Dry Red Chillies - 3 broken
MSG (optional) -1 tsp
Chicken Bouillon Pd - 1 tsp
Garlic Pd - 1 tsp
Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce - 1 tbsp
Brown Sugar - 2 tbsp

*Don't add salt,as chicken bouillon and sauce has salt in it.


1.Clean and Cut the ends of Guvar and cut it into small pieces.

2.Heat a pan and add oil and  add dry red chillies.

 3.Add Guvar and mix well.

 4.Then add Garlic Pd

 5.Add Chicken Bouillon

 6.Add Brown Sugar.

 7.Add MSG

 8.Finally add chilly sauce and mix well.

Transfer to a serving dish

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