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Gavarchi Bhaji (Cluster Beans Curry)

Gavar Bhaji
Growing up in Mumbai, Gavar used to be one of the vegetables readily available. In Konkani, we call it as Chitmitki.  My Mom used to cook either a Konkani Upkari with coconut or a Maharashtrian Bhaji with peanuts.  My favorite has always been this peanut curry.

Cluster Beans/Gavar/Chitmitki (fresh or frozen) - 350 gms
Peanuts/Groundnuts - 1/2 cup
Coriander/Cilantro Leaves - few sprigs
Turmeric/Haldi - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala or any spice mix - 1/4 tsp (optional)
Aamchur or Tamarind Paste - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida/Hing - 1/8 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp

How to cook Gavarchi Bhaji:
  • Dry roast the peanuts until they turn slightly dark and aromatic.  After cooling, grind the peanuts to a coarse powder. I use the peanut skin, as the skin provides nutrients too. Medium chop the washed cluster beans.
  • Heat about 1 tbsp oil in a kadhai/wok and add mustard seeds, asafoetida.  When mustard seeds pop, add cluster beans and about 1/2 cup water.  Cook it covered till cluster beans turn soft, about 8 - 10 minutes.  Cooking time varies depending on the tenderness of the cluster beans.  Add more water if required.
  • After cluster beans turn soft, add chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala, aamchur powder, ground peanuts, chopped cilantro and salt.  Mix all the ingredients well and cook it covered for about 5 - 10 minutes or till you get the desired consistency.  Add more water if required.
gavar or chitmitki or cluster beans
Serve hot Gavar chi Bhaaji with chapati or rice.


  1. Hey Uma, I ve never tried with gavar. looks so tempting. thanks for sharing!!

  2. delicious cluster beans curry looks excellent with thoes rotis

  3. lovely curry. looks so delicious.

  4. my mom make gavar ki sabzi dad's fav...infact today morning when i spoke to her she told me she is going to cook gavar for dinner...yours sounds different with peanut gravy and tamarind!

  5. we have different varieties of dishes from this delicious vegettable.stir fry is one of them .this one sounds with chapati .peanut will give more taste.Uma if u don't mind add some large sized pics..anyway delicious curry

  6. Fantastic curry looks prefect along with those rotis..yumm!

  7. This is one of my favourites. Have had it once when my collegue had brought it .. but never tried it on my own , this one tempts me to make ..

  8. Uma,, avarakkai poriyal looks perfect dear i like this one with hot rasam rice or with sambar rice.Well presented with rotis.

  9. Interesting recipe uma. quite diff. from how we make cluster beans but nice one.

  10. Adding peanuts will make the curry rich...I like the recipe.

  11. Thanks Krishnaveni, Uma, Suman, Sushma, Prani, Priya, Pavithra, Sathya, Kshipra, Jiboomba for making my day with such lovely comments.

    what a coincidence Suman! :)

  12. Prani, I'll definitely increase the photo size in my future posts. Thanks for the suggestion!

  13. Cluster beans curry is too good...and i feel very nice combo too...

  14. Uma my mom nd mamama make god upkari... i have never tried bhaji must give a try :)

  15. This looks simply delicious.Having with roti tastes good.thanks for this currry.

  16. hey uma, loved ur blog's new look. Even pics look much better now.

  17. Thanks Gayathri, Aps, Latha for the lovely words.

    Thanks Kshipra for stopping by! I am glad the pics look better.

  18. uma, wonderful curry, i also prepare this curry same way..

  19. PS, peanuts taste good with cluster beans :)

    Thanks Harman for stopping by!

  20. Hi Uma,
    I tried your gavarchi bhaji today and it turned out very nice. Thank you.

  21. Hey Anushka! Thanks for the feedback!
    You made my day -:)

  22. chan recipe ahe...amchur ne taste vadhel nakki try karen..thanx!


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