Gawar Phali ki Sabzi | Guwar Phali nu shak | Gujarati Shak | Cluster beans curry

Guwar phali is something that I relish with Gujarati dal and Phulka Rotli!! Naturally Guwar phali doesn't have a pleasing flavor, but add to it 2 secret super flavors and the resulting healthy curry is bursting with flavors!! Miss adding them and you have food fit for cows ;)

I had a rather interesting mis adventures with this sabzi during my second job. Two of my colleagues (& friends) and I were sharing a home and kitchen. It was a last day of job for one of our roomie and she decided to surprise us with some cooking. 

She was generally dis interested in cooking and related chores but that day as a gesture of farewell she wanted to cook something for us. So she went ahead and cut the only sabzi we had in stock  - Guwar phali!! She also kneaded the dough!! But there were a few catches.. The dough was too sticky to roll and the she had used up all the flour!! We didn't have garlic and carom seeds  - the 2 secret flavors needed to make the tasty guwar phali curry!! After she realized the mess we were in, she decided to wake us up and share the news!! Needless to say we had one of the worst meal of our lives, but at the same time we had one of the hardest laugh of our lives :) Sometimes bad food too can create good memories ;)

So without further ado, here is the healthy, tasty, quick and vegan curry with 2 secret flavors ;)


250 gms Cluster beans (Guwar Phali) - stringed and cut inch long
1/2 teaspoon green chili and ginger paste 
4 garlic cloves - peeled and crushed (Lahsun / Lasan)
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds ( Sarson/rai)
1/4 teaspoon carom seeds (Ajwain)
2 Tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon besan (Chick pea flour)
pinch of hing
1.5 teaspoon dhania jeera powder (Cumin corrinader seeds powder)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
1 teaspoon sugar (otpional - but I like it)


1) Pressure cook Guwar Phali.
2) Now in a kadai (pan), take oil and heat it. Add mustard seeds to it. Once they crackle add carom seeds and hing.
3) Now add besan (chick pea flour) and Pressure cooked Guwar Phali sans water.
4) Add salt, dhania jeera powder, green chili ginger garlic paste and turmeric powder. Mix well.
5) Let it cook till all the water evaporates and masala is coated well to the phali. Add sugar if using..

Serve with daal and roti.. From leftover you can also make guwar dhokli (shaak ma dhokli) something that I am crazy about!!

+techie ZM 

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