Friday, November 13, 2009

Guvar Dhokli Nu Shaak - A Gujarati Delicacy (Cluster Beans Curry)

Dear All,
Guvar dhokli

A dear friend of mine sent me a message "We all are part of a puzzle of someone else's life. You many never know where you fit in, but someone else's life may never be complete without you !!" How true is this? When we look back in past, we meet many people and as we meet them their lives get connected to ours. Sometimes we find them as our friends, colleagues, bosses etc I truly believe that we learn something from our each interaction. We learn and feel every emotion happiness, anger, trust, courage, patience. All this is very important for us to become a better human being and truly enriches our lives. I am not sure if I am part of a puzzle of someone else's life but I sure know that I will try to fit in :-)

Todays dish is long pending, it was initially requested by Sangeeta and I had promised her I will post the recipe very soon. Due to unavailability of cluster beans in swiss i couldnt post the recipe earlier. Guvar Dhokli Nu Shaak as said in gujarati is one of my favorite curries to an extent where i can eat this all alone without rotis and believe me its very tasty and fulfilling. I am sure every gujarati must have tasted this atleast once in their life. Its very regular in my house and is enjoyed by all. I would urge everyone to try out this dish once and experience the difference :-)

Recipe Source: My Mom
Ingredients:
250 gms Cluster Beans chopped (Guvar)
a generoud pinch of asafoetida (Hing)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp oil

For Dhoklis:
1 cup chickpea flour (Besan)
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
a pinch of baking soda
2 - 3 tbsp oil

Indian Curry

Procedure:-
  • To make dhoklis, mix everything together and make a smooth dough. Avoid adding water to the dough and use more oil if required.
  • Make small round balls and flatten them with your hands. Remove 4 to 5 dhoklis and keep them aside.
  • In a pan heat about a tsp of oil, add in asafoetida, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Now add in the cluster beans, washed and chopped. Add rest of the masalas and 1/2 cup of water.
  • Cover and cook for 7 to 8  mins.
  • Once 90% done, slowly add in all the dhoklis one by one. Cover and cook for another 5 mins.
  • Smash the dhoklis which we had kept aside and stir in the curry, add in water if required. This helps to make the curry thick in consistency.
  • Make sure you donot frequently stir the curry as it may break the dhoklis.
  • Serve immediately with hot rotis.
Weekend if very near so here's wishing you all a very happy and relaxing weekend. See you all next week.

This dish is off to Flavors Of Gujarat event by Nayna





88 comments:

  1. Wow.. this is really new to me.. sure to try.. looks yummy :)

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  2. Wud luv to try any north indian new dish and this is already bookmarked!!

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  3. Hi Parita. The recipe looks simple and interesting, will try and let u know.

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  4. A real new recipe, will give it a try

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  5. Very nice recipe,looks tasty too...

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  6. One of my favourites too, I don't keep as much gravy / sauce to it though. Good one :)

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  7. thanks Parita for the recipe...it looks so yummy n i know it will be a favorite with my hubby too.
    i make many versions of guar n keep looking for more of them cuz i like the veggie for it's nutrition....this one will be tried within a week n i'll let you know.
    Earlier i have tried a kadhi with guar , this curry has those elements but very very different...i wanted a tried n tasted authentic gujrati version n here it is..thanks a lot!

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  8. Never tried out curry with cluster beans, this gravy looks tremendous and delicious parita!

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  9. Wowie! The curry looks so delicious! I love the thickness and creaminess of the curry!

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  10. cluster beans curry look very tasty this is an interesting way of thickening the gravy (smashing half of the masala balls into the gravy), must be delicious with rotis!!

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  11. I read your first paragraph a few times. You're very wise, Parita! It is true that often times we have experiences that we may wish we never had, but without them we wouldn't be the person we are today. The curry looks fabulous.

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  12. Very very touchy quote...love this spicy and yum version of cluster bean recipe....

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  13. How very true. But we take things for granted!
    So dear enjoying mom's food, is it? Love the curry, i am not a fan of cluster beans though so will try with broad beans.

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  14. Very interesting recipe , would love to try this out !

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  15. curry looks yummy dear..this is totally new to me but sure will try.

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  16. curry looks very yummy
    !thanks for sharing the recipie

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  17. Very interesting. I have never tried it like this and have to say sounds very good. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Very well-written dear.. How beautifully life interwines everybody into one perfect picture!
    Btw, curry looks so delicious.. We do get cluster beans here in Zurich..! So will give it a try soon :)

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  19. new recipe to me..
    Looks really yummy!!! and nice post!!!

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  20. Am a big fan of clusterbeans as well..we do quite often make this curry..as and when these beans are available in market..Your's simply looks superb..

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  21. Hi parita I have tasted this kind of curry in my gujarathi friends place , I love it too. Seeing this it reminds that one later I forgot . Sure I have bookmarked to try dear. I love cluster beans as well.

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  22. hi Parita,
    Lovely quote, its so true ..makes me senti :(
    Coming back to ur recipe, I love Gujarathi cusine :) I've tried umpteen nmbr of kadhis, this one is new to me, would love to try it for sure :)
    Stay happy
    God bless
    TC

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  23. nice recipe....and good to see u back.

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  24. This is really new to me.. Will try soon...
    Yummy curry dear :))))))))

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  25. Interesting recipe. Never made Guvar beans this way. Looks yummy!

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  26. The dish looks tasty and interesting Parita...I never tried cluster beans in a gravy....should try yours soon :)

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  27. looks so yum... love the color and texture of the dish...

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  28. I love the saying at the top of this post, it's so very true! This looks like a delicious curry!

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  29. I don't like guvar ... but this dish of yours is surely going to convert me Parita! :-)
    I'll give this a try for my hubby. :-)

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  30. Sounds interesting.... will give a try someday:)

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  31. This one is quiet new and tasty curry with cluster beans!

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  32. Simple and Delicious one. Superb message.

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  33. nice clicks! I love cluster beans... the curry looks yummy!

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  34. I truly agree with the message "We all are part of a puzzle of someone else's life. You many never know where you fit in, but someone else's life may never be complete without you !!" When we started our food blog, we never knew each other or any of our foodie friends. But now there are so many friends in this virtual world with whom we share our experiences.

    I was waiting for your post. The curry looks absolutely fabulous. Guvar is very healthy. Although I have never tried it. This time will get some and will make your dish.

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  35. I love the message that your friend sent you...how true!
    This curry dish looks very good, for rice, dosa, or some sourdough bread!

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  36. My friend makes this for roti,sounds too good parita!

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  37. I did something similar to this, but only once becoz of the horrible outcome. Instead of the chickpea flour I used all purpose flour. I also fried the dhoklis. Once they were put in the curry it started to absorb all the juice and the gravy turned out messy. In ur recipe u haven't mentioned abt frying of the dhokis. Is that right? Also what would happen to the dhokis if curry stays for long

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  38. A long time since I saw any north Indian dish.

    Looks delicious.

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  39. I do not cook guvar as frequently. This is such a lovely recipe. Feel like having some with garam garam roti.

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  40. Yah. It's really so true. What I learnt from my past experiences, nothing is permanent. But even in this everchanging world, few persons become so important in your life that everything starts revolving against them all the time. Well ! We will discuss this for sure later on.. and this dish is really yummmmmy.. By 1st Dec, I will be moving to a different apartment which also, is my B'day :) I will prepare this and let you know. :) Keep posting more such delicious recipes meanwhile!!

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  41. THats indeed a nice write up, yes I agree with you:)

    Recipe sounds great:)

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  42. Parita, I love the begining of your thought of life. Thanks I'm going to try the recipe. I want to try the recipe for your stuffed onions also.
    http://www.kwlifefull.blogspot.com/

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  43. wow! that looks yummy!
    check out the oats series round up and i welcome u to join with us in the Variety Rice series going in my blog!

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  44. Never heard of cluster beans before... not sure if I would get them in Australia.. could I substitute something else?

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  45. That is a really nice saying...and it's true...I always forget that. I need to remind myself that everyone in my life is put there for a reason. Thank you for reminding me this. :-)

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  46. Looks delicious and rich, parita :)
    ..Love your proverb!..very true!

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  47. A lovely curry! Yummy!

    So true abour being part of a puzzle of someone else's life...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  48. Delicious and different recipe Paritha sounds very interesting will try this soon.....

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  49. What a fantastic recipe Parita! It looks really good too so it's a total package! :)

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  50. After a long R bought cluster beans if you had posted a little bit earlier I would have tried this, he doesn't like that veggie, I must ask him to get it again to try this recipe, looks so delicious

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  51. Hi Parita, I love Gujarati food, your Guvar Dhokli Nu Shaak looks delicious. I will try it the next time I get guvar.

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  52. this is a yummy recipe .. I love cluster beans

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  53. oh looks very delicious.and I like the dokhli in the subzi.

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  54. Been a while since i blogged...u seem to hv made so many yummy stuffs....awesome girl.Never heard about this dish...a unique one i must say.

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  55. Hi dear,

    Plz collect ur award frm my blog!

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  56. Sounds delicious.. moms recipes are always the best!

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  57. Mom's recipes are always pretty satisfying any time we have them! My own mum loves guvar ki phalli ... I should email this recipe to her, she'd like that.

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  58. I dont like guvar too much, but in Tamilians, there is something called parrupu usili which is made with guvar and I love that..this looks nice, must try it...I tried dal dhokli and loved it ! This is next on my list - I think I can learn my whole Gujarati cooking yours and Sonia's blogs !!

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  59. i would love to try this gravy!! yummmm!!!

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  60. Simple,yummy and interesting recipe. Have bookmarked it:).

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  61. nice combo dhokli and beans together ....never thot of that !

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  62. Cluster beans is one of my favorites. Havent made a curry with it though. I have always tried the dry version.

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  63. I bet it smell superb...from the combination! Great job paree!!

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  64. looks wonderful and delicious Parita!

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  65. lovely message .
    My hubby loves cluster beans.
    Will soon give a try...

    kindly pick up the award from my blog

    with luv,
    ArunaManikandan
    http://ensamayalkuripugal.blogspot.com

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  66. Thanks for stopping by and putting down precious comments...you asked about using regular salt instead of pickling salt..for my pickled jalapenos...I did tried with regular salt initially, it taste the same..unless it wont stay that fresh longer as this one did..and as time passes..you will see some white flaky material on them...so if you want to consume within 3- 4 months, regular salt should be fine too..I hope it answers your question..

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  67. Love the quote about being part of somebody's else's life. Very true. This curry is new to me and looks good.

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  68. Absolutely delicious parita,must try

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  69. I love this stuff....its wonderful with fresh green beans too. :)

    trupti
    the spice who loved me

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  70. Please collect your awards from my blog Pari :-)

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  71. that must make for a very comforting meal.

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  72. A lovely dish with my favourite guar.I shall certainly try making this dish soon.You can visit my blog and give ur comments.

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  73. Hi Parita, made ur guvar dhokli shaak last evening. It was very delicious, very different for us. I'm not really a guvar fan, but ended up polishing it off!

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  74. This is a wonderful recipe ,just love authentic regional recipes. Bookmarking this one.

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  75. yummy recipe.. and adding doklis might hv made it yummier!!

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  76. sounds interesting and new to me dear...
    Thx. for sharing :)

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  77. Hi Parita i made this curry and it was fantastic...posted it here..
    http://banaraskakhana.blogspot.com/2010/10/guar-dhokli-ki-subzi.html

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