Thursday, August 16, 2007

Cluster Beans Curry | Mattikaya Kura | Side Dish for Dosa

We call Cluster Beans as Mattikaya in Telugu and Kothavarangai in Tamil. Until I started cooking, I never knew the tamil names for many of the Vegetables. I almost feel strange when trying to recollect what Amma says for each one. Though I never really lived in Andhra, I know them by their Telugu names. My parents have ensured we learn the language and continue speaking only at home. And cluster beans is one of favorites with Andhrites. I got this assured when even Athamma wants to make Mattikayala kura every other day. As Daddy loves this curry, it used to make frequent appearance on our dinner table. Since I had that strange habit of not wanting to make certain vegetables, even though I like when it's made, I ensured I gave this a miss most of the time. But alas! entered Athamma, with a soft corner for this abandoned Vegetable. And this is reigning it's head to shamelessly rule the kitchen world every now and then.

But it was a surprise that this has an interesting tale to tell. From goggling, I was enlighten to know that this is used to prepare a guar gum, which is used as a thickener and emulsifier in commercial food processing. Facts never fail to amaze us. Well if I am forced to eat this, then let me eat with something I love - Dosa!

Yes, I find Mattikayala Kura to be more interesting when served with Dosa. Amma makes many varieties with this Vegetable. As I said, Dad is fond of this. (But then Dad is fond of many Vegetables, esp. all those that I never liked but now forced to eat because of my daughter. I can't act grown up if I tell my 6 yr old that I don't like veggies, can I?)

So here is one variety that is a good combo for Dosa

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Cuisine : Andhra

Ingredients Needed:

Cluster Beans/ Mattikaya - 250 gms
Onions - 1 small
Tomatoes - 2 small
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Groundnut / Peanut powder - 2 tbsp
Garlic pods - 2
Curry leaves few
Mustard seeds, Urud dal - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1 cup
Method to prepare:

Normally very tender ones are used for cooking, This can be checked by pulling on the tops and ends. Pluck the cluster bean with your hand by pulling it downward; if a thick thread comes away, do the same on the other side. You can either use a knife or if they are very tender, with your hands you can cut them 2 inch long pieces.

Boil a pan with water to cook this. Once the water starts boiling, throw in the chopped beans. Half cover it with lid and cook till its cooked. At times we even pressure cook this when we are pressed for time. But water used for boiling this is never used for cooking as it leaves a bitter taste. Drain and keep aside.

Heat a kadai with Oil. Add Mustard seeds, then sauté in curry leaves, onions and garlic pieces. Once the onions are brown, add chopped tomatoes with salt and turmeric pw. Then add chilli powder and coriander powder. Let it cook till tomatoes are soft.

Then add in the cooked beans. Fry for a 2 mins. Then add water and let it boil on high flame for 2 mins. Sprinkle peanut powder to thicken the gravy.

At times, we garlic pods with peanut when we powder it. That also gives a lovely taste to it.

This tastes excellent with Dosa. Amma always goes for Vegetable curries for Dosas, which I have also imbibed. That's my daughter's plate, she was happy that I was taking a photo of her breakfast plate.

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Raaga said...

Hmmm... we call them mitkesang in Konkani... my folks also ensured that we learnt our languages... and I have 2... dad being a Tamilian and mom being Konkani :-)

Asha said...

We call them Gorikai in Kannada.I used to cook a lot in B'lore but here I hardly get it.Looks very authentic,thanks:)

Poonam said...

Srivalli, its good to know that this will go well with dosas!

Meeta said...

That is the same with me. However, my grandma used to always say the names in Hindi, now I have a hard time finding out what they are in English LOL!

Laavanya said...

That looks nice Srivalli. I have only had it made into a paruppu usli before - yours looks like an interesting variation.

Saju said...

Great recipe, I am tempted to go to the Indian store to buy some!

TBC said...

Interesting recipe. I like your steel plate.I have the same one too :-)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

New recipe Valli.....Looking yummy dear :-))

Sharmi said...

never heard of that name. looks nice and healthy.

Padma said...

Another favo all time traditional Andhra curry...I love the way you present things...its really superlative!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Never tried before.....Nice recipe..

Coffee said...

oh!! Cluster beans with Dosa!! Thats something new to me! :)

KrishnaArjuna said...

mattikayalu?? never heard this name so far eventhough I am andhrite who grew up most of my life in AP. Is this the same as goru chikkudu kaya?

Bharathy said...

Nice to see dosa with the Kothavarai curry.I love this veg but my kids and hubby dont.High time we Indian bloggers(who reside in India) come together,join a community!!!:)..I crave to see more blogs from India..that too from the south!!!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Hi srivalli,
Yes as your mother says having vegetables with dosa will make the meal nutritious and a balanced diet.
Nice recipe!

SeeC said...

You make really different side dishes...esp for dosa.

Very delicious isnt' it.

Cynthia said...

These would be known simply as green beans in these parts.

Lia said...

I love dosha, but cluster beans am never had it, sound good combanation with rice also ;)

Cinnamon said...

Cluster beans and dosa.. a new combi...
But Looks great!!

Srivalli said...

Hi Raaga...thanks for sharing this with me...nice to know you had the oppurtunity to learn two languages...

Nice to know this Asha..

Welcome Poonam..long time no see...

hah...thats indeed nice to know I have some company Meeta

paruppu usli also must taste great ...Laavanya

Thanks..Saju...try will taste good..

Thanks are welcome to it..

Thanks Sirisha

Thanks..Sharmi..I think you must be knowing it by goru chikkudu kaya

Thanks Padma...appriciate your nice comments

Thanks Sukanya

Glad that could give something new Coffee

Welcome to my blog KrishnaArjuna ..and to your question, yes it is also know as goru chikkudu kaya, nice to know that you are from visit again when you find time...

Thanks Bharathy...will be nice to form a community...come up with ideas on this...

Thanks Latha..

Glad you like them SeeC

Great to know that Cynthia..

Yes it does...we have it with Rice and Chapatis also Lia

Thanks Cinnamon ...

Sailaja Prakash said...

Hi Srivalli,

Got bored of doing the curry in my own way and tried in ur way. It was soooo tasty.

Thanq for posting this dish.

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