Monday, October 29, 2007

ChavaLichya Shenga

The steel serving dishes a gift for the blog from my SIL. Farmer's Poorna Anna Taat or full meal of Green ChavaLichya Shenga, Anita's Bakar Bhaji, karlyachi chatni, Jowar bhakri and rice.

ChavaLichya Shenga or Yard long beans are only half yard long! Ain't that funny but now I didn't measure them with a scale so don't know the exact length. I love these beans stir fried the Gujarathi way and I won't touch it if it is made any other way. These beans have a mild flavour and if cooked with too many spices looses its identity completely. This bhaaji can be eaten on its own too.


1/4 kg Yard long beans broken into pieces
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
2 green chilies chopped fine
2 teaspoons oil
salt to taste

Heat oil fry green chilies in it. Add the broken beans stir fry for 5 mins. Then add the powders and salt and cook for another 2-3 mins. Remove them from the heat before they shrivell up. Healthy bhi tasty bhi.

We enjoyed Anita's Bakar Bhaji. This was a new learning for me. Anita, Dad gave you full marks! We loved the balanced taste of sweet, sour, spicy. It tasted superb with bhakri and good with rice too, Kalvun (mixed with hand).

Karlyachi chatni is sunflower seeds chatni. It is made by pounding the seeds with red chilies in a mortar. Now you have to tell me if I am right or wrong about this?


  1. Hi Anjali, you have such a lovely way of writing , my first time on your blog,loved the spread!

  2. ooh! love that karlyachi chutney :)
    not sure if it is made out of sunflower seeds though, i know it is black in color, spicy, but never could guess the ingredients ;) hope to be enlightened soon ;)

  3. lovely combination. I love the chutney idea.

  4. i am intrigued by this karlyachi chatni. is it possible to get a recipe somewhere?

  5. Hey Bindiya welcome here!

    Hold on gals I am trying to get the recipe as well as trying to find out what karla actually is! Will update once I get the info.

  6. What a wonderful spread!
    Baakar bhaji has to be one of my most fav dishes from my Maharashtrian repertoire...I bet Aai would be proud that I have got it down proper. Happy to note your Dad approved and enjoyed.

  7. Chutney with sunflower seeds? Anjali, am waiting for the recipe.


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