May 21, 2015

Cheeni Avarakkai Puli Kuzhambu / Cluster Beans Kulambu Recipe

This is a simple and delicious puli kulambu recipe which is made using dried vathal. We usually get dried cluster beans, dried chillies, dried brinjal, dried vadam from stores and keep it handy. Because when i dont have any veggies on hand, i can use them up and make a quick vatha kulambu or puli kulambu. This is one recipe which i learned from my mom, she makes it only with the dried cluster beans. But i had some onion and a piece of long variety green brinjal on hand so i used that also..

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Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 25 to 30 mins
Serves : 4


Oil - 3 tblspn
Dried Cluster Beans - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium size sliced thinly
Brinjal - 1 sliced ( I used green long variety)
Tamarind - a small gooseberry size
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 1.5 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Urad dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1 tsp
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - a pinch
Rice Flour / Arisi Mavu - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water as needed


Soak tamarind in water for 5 mins., Squeeze and strain it. Add in chilli, coriander, turmeric and salt. Mix well and set aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add in dried cluster beans and fry till crispy.

Add in brinjal and onions. Saute for a min.

Add in the spice tamarind mix and mix well.

Bring it to a boil, simmer till the veggies are cooked.

Now add in the rice flour which is mixed with water paste. This will thicken the curry.

Enjoy with rice.

Take all your ingredients

Slice up your onions and green brinjal lengthwise

You will also need some dried cluster beans

Soak tamarind in some water

Squeeze the pulp and strain the juice

Add in turmeric, coriander and chilli powder

add some salt

Mix well and set aside

Heat oil in a pan

Add in mustard and urad dal

Add little asafoetida

now add in the dried cluster beans

fry till it gets crispy

add in onions and brinjal

toss that well

Pour in the spice mix

mix well

bring it to a boil

simmer till it gets thick

Add in the rice flour mix

mix well



  1. Hi Aarthi,

    You have used dried ones.Can I use raw cluster beans? Will the taste still be the same ?


  2. @Ninithayes it will be same. u can use raw ones


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