Gowarichya Shengachi Bhaji (stir Fried Cluster Beans)
Stir fried vegetables are a healthy main course dish that changes according to the availability during different seasons through the year. Cluster bean is one such vegetable which grows well in semi-arid climate. Its seeds are the source of the famous guar gum. A crop which made farmers in Rajasthan turn this humble vegetable into a cash crop because it finds use in shale gas production and the food processing industry.
Cooked with potatoes this savoury recipe is a health food. It can help diabetics control sugar. The humble cluster bean is also helpful in reducing cholesterol.The use of goda masala or kala masala is intrinsic to Maharashtrian cuisine. It contains bay leaf, cloves, black cardamom, coriander seeds, coconut, shahjeera or caraway seeds, sesame seeds, black pepper, cinnamon, dagad phool - an aromatic lichen and nagkeshar - Cassia buds. The last two spices impart a characteristic aroma to the goda masala. It is sold packaged in some grocery stores. Each family has its own recipe. Try this simple and flavourful recipe.