Cluster Beans with Peanuts and Garlic (Goru Chikkudikaya Koora)

String Beans with Peanuts and Garlic, Gavar ki Bhaji, Guar ki Bhaji
String Beans with Peanuts and Garlic, Gavar ki Bhaji

String Beans (aka Guar or Gavar) are very popular in my home. However, spicing them up can be quite a challenge. I learnt this recipe from Asha, my cook on weekdays.

I quite liked the textures and flavours she added through two everyday ingredients; peanuts and garlic. Since we first tasted this bhaji, it has become a staple at our home.

Serves: 4

Time: 60 Minutes


  1. String Beans, Goru Chikkudikaya, Guar or Gavar – 250 gms
  2. Peanuts – 1/3 cup
  3. Red Chillies – 3
  4. Garlic Pods – 4
  5. Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  6. Udad Dal or Husked Black Gram – 1 tbsp
  7. Oil – 1.5 tbsp
  8. Curry Leaves – A Few
  9. Salt to Taste


  1. Break the ends of the string beans.
  2. Cut the beans into 1/2″ pieces.
  3. Boil about 4 cups of water with 1/2 tsp of salt.
  4. Add the cut string beans and cook covered till the beans turn tender.
  5. Drain the water completely.
  6. Dry roast the peanuts and red chillies till the peanuts start to change colour.
  7. Let the peanuts cool and grind into a coarse powder.
  8. Peel and crush the garlic pods.
  9. Heat 1 tbsp of oil.
  10. Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
  11. Add the udad dal and fry till golden brown.
  12. Add the crushed garlic pods.
  13. Fry for a minute.
  14. Add curry leaves and fry for a minute.
  15. Add the peanut powder and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  16. Add the drained beans and salt.
  17. Mix well.
  18. Serve warm with rotis or rice.