Cluster Beans Dish | Kothavarai Thoran | Side Dish for Rice

Cluster beans called as " kothavarai" is one type of beans variety which is rich in iron content.This os one vegetable I rarely buy and if aviyal  is one menu at home then it's necessary for this vegetable as this gives nice crunchy effect to the dish.sometimes I use normal french beans in aviyal but that taste differ.

Coming to this recipe its very simple like normal thoran method this is made. Just cut the vegetable in 1 cm length ,cook with some water ,add in the coconut masala cook.Then lastly the tempering part.If this is the side dish for rice then usually some spicy kuzhambu would be there  for hot steaming rice.

Preparation time 10 mins
cooking time 15 mins
serve 2-3


  • Cluster beans/ kothavarai- 200 gms
  • Coconut pieces- 3 tbsp
  • green chilly-2 or 3
  • jeera/cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • turmeric powder-1\2 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • coconut oil-2 tsp
  • mustard-1 tsp
  • curry leaves-a string

1.Clean the beans well in water, cut the head and tail little bit and discard it.Cut the remaining part into small size.

2.Cook it in a thick bottom pan with some water.

3.Meanwhile grind coconut pieces with jeera, green chilly, with little water to a coarse paste.

4.When the veggie is cooked a bit add the ground masala & salt  to  it ,cook again for few minutes and switch off.

5.Temper with mustard and curry leaves.

cluster beans thoran

Serve as side for rice along with some spice curry or sambar.

avarai thoran

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