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April 30, 2019

Simple Guvar Beans Stir Fry

I visited my parents this past weekend and enjoyed some good ol' home cooking. I love simple stir fry dishes especially if those stir fries are made with guvar, tindora or snake gourd. 

It can be difficult to find these vegetables in the fresh produce section in supermarkets. That's why we buy them frozen in the Indian supermarkets. Check out the recipe below for simple Guvar Stir Fry.   

- 12 oz packet of Cut Guvar beans (frozen)
- 2 green chilies or per taste, chopped finely
- 3 gloves of garlic, sliced finely
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sesame powder (sesame seeds roasted and powdered)
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Ingredients for seasoning
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp Urad dal (also known as black gram lentil)
- 1 tsp whole cumin
- 1 tsp mustard seeds

In a small pressure cooker, heat oil on medium and when you feel heat on your palm, add the seasoning ingredients: urad dal, cumin, and mustard seeds. 

When the dal is roasted and the mustard seeds splutter, add the green chilies and garlic. Toss until the garlic aroma comes out (about 1 minute). 

Now add turmeric, guvar beans, salt and brown sugar. 

Mix well and add 50 ml of water and pressure cook on low to medium heat until 3 whistles. Wait until the pressure is released from the pressure cooker and heat the curry on low heat to allow the extra water to evaporate and then add the sesame powder. Mix well and serve hot. 

You can serve this stir fry as a side dish or with rice. I like eating it with warm rice, topped with ghee (clarified butter). 

Quick Tips
- If you do not have a pressure cooker, you can make this dish in a skillet as well. Cook under tight lid mixing intermittently until the beans are cooked well and soft. Add sesame powder, mix well and serve hot.