Friday, February 09, 2007

Gavar Raita

Gavar or flat beans as it is called has several combos read about it on Manisha's IFR and immediately I decided I had to shared this recipe with you guys. It is simple and tasty. So without much fanfare here you go.


1/4 kg flat beans/ Gavar
2 cups thick fresh yogurt
2 - 3 dry red chillies
big pinch of asoefotida
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
few curry leaves
1 tablespoon oil
salt to taste

Heat oil in a pot and add the asoefotida, splutter mustard add in the curry leaves and broken pieces of red chillies. Once the curry leaves have turned crispy add the washed, destringed and broken pieces of Gavar into the seasoning stir to coat the beans evenly. Cover and cook the beans till done. Stir once in a while so that the Gavar doesn't char. If you notice it is drying up sprinkle a handful of water cover and cook. But remember the taste of gavar changes once water is added so use water only if required and in only sprinkles . Finally whisk the yogurt in a bowl and add to the Gavar and mix well. It goes well with chapathi. Hope you like it.


  1. I love Gavar but haven't eaten in many years!By the time I go to Indian store which is not often,either they are gone or half spoilt!!

    Looks great.Enjoy!:)

  2. This is a nice recipe. All I knew was preparing gavar with goda masala and jaggery . I am going to try this recipe for sure.

  3. Hi Anjali,

    We even follow the same procedure for beans poogath,but ever used yogurt....

    Let me try your version this time...

  4. Anjali, I am so glad you shared this recipe! It sounds really yummy. I have never had gavar in a raita. Do you cool the gavar before adding yogurt? Or do you add it just before serving so that it doesn't get a chance to separate? Next time I get gavar, I will be making this for sure! Will let you know when I do!

  5. hey thanks for giving me the link ....i mean its like too good...esp for a foodie like me ....i am gonna try each of them and for sure mom will relish the sapid as ever before :)
    u can add this for ur blog its really yummy !!

    A tasty Mexican Dish with a difference.
    200 gms. Sour Cream
    1 cup Flour (Whole wheat)
    1 cup All Purpose Flour

    1 1/2 cup Rajma (soak overnite, pressure-cook with salt and soda)
    2 Onions chopped
    1 1/2 Tomatoes chopped
    1 inch Ginger, grated
    1 tsp. Red chilli powder
    1 tsp. Dhania powder
    1/2-tsp Turmeric powder
    a pinch of Asafoetida
    1 tbsp sugar
    salt to taste
    Vegetable oil
    2 tsp Tomato Ketchup.
    Carrots, Cabbage and Spring onions grated

    8 Tomatoes (boiled and chopped)
    3 Onions (chopped)
    1 tsp Red chilli powder
    1 tsp sugar
    1 tsp ajma
    salt to taste
    7 to 8 whole red chillies
    For Filling

    1. Heat oil in a kadai and add the onions and saute
    2. add the tomatoes and saute for 5 mins.
    3. add the chilli pwder dhania and haldi and hing
    4. add sugar and salt to taste.
    5. then add the rajma and ginger let it boil for a while.
    6. add the ketchup and mash the rajma with a masher. Can add a little water to it.

    For sauce

    1. Heat some oil in a kadai
    2. add the onions and whole red chillies and saute.
    3. add the tomatoes, let them be soft.
    4. then grind and sieve.
    5. add the chilli powder, ajma, salt and sugar and heat again till the sauce is done.

  6. Asha do try it if you are able to get your hands on a fresh bunch

    Archana let me know if you like it. got to share beans poogath recipe with us.

    Manisha cool gavar and add so that yogurt won't separate. Make raita well before meal time so the gavar soaks up yogurt and the seasonings flavours else it will give you individual tastes.

    Ambica thanks a bunch sweety! You have to make it for me the recipe is not enough. Next time you are at Usha aunty's I am going to arrest you!


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