January 30, 2012

Importance of Cluster Beans (Goru Chikkudu)

Cluster beans are mostly grown in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Cluster beans are also known as gawar or guar or goru chikkudu or kothavara.  They are comes under beans family. 
They are rich in fiber, proteins, calcium, minerals, carbohydrates, vitamins.

 The health benefits are:

  • It lowers blood cholesterol levels.
  • It helps in bones strength.
  • Beans control indigestion.
  • It keeps diabetes in control.
  • It  is good for pregnant woman as it helps in baby's natural growth.    
In India, Cluster beans are commonly used in vegetable curries and lentils. We can cook it in different ways. Some of them are
  • Add some fresh coconut to cluster bean fry. It enhances the taste.
  • Make a gravy by adding tamarind juice, jaggary.
  • Add ulli karam to cluster bean curry.

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