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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Guanra Besara Bhaja ( Guar bean Fry )

Another one from the drafts. This one dates back atleast six months. Made it on my last visit to Odisha. As my husband and in-laws tend to stay away from this vegetable, I  never cook it at home.

A simple stir fry made with a touch of besara ( mustard and garlic paste), this is most common preparation method of bhajjis (or 'bhaja' as we call it) in Odisha. Quick, easy and healthy. Read on to get the recipe -






Preparation Time - 12-14 mins

Ingredients -

2 cups guar beans ( cut into  1 1/2 inch long pieces )
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 garlic flakes
1 red chilli
1/4 tsp pancha phutana
2 tsp oil
2 pinch turmeric
salt to taste

Preparation - Grind the mustard and garlic into a fine paste with very little water. This is besara . Some people also add a little cumin to this.

Cooking- Take 1/2 cup water in a wide vessel. Add salt and turmeric followed by the guar beans and the besara. Cook covered on medium flame till the beans are cooked through.

(Check this by pressing a spatula against one. If it cuts through, it is done. Most water should have been evaporated by now. If not, turn up the flame a bit.)

Heat the oil in a wok. Add broken red chilli and pancha phutana. Once the seeds start popping, add the boiled beans and fry for 2 minutes. Remove from flame.

Serve immediately with white rice.






5 comments:

  1. nice bean fry. Will give this a try.

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  2. Panch phutana is Panch phoran right ? I usually make Guar with potatoes, and lots and lots of garlic.. Never tried it this way

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  3. Very quick and simply delicius guar beans fry.

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