Gavaar-Bhopla Bhaaji

Gavaar”Cluster Beans” and “Bhopla”(Red Pumpkin) mixed vegetable is prepared by Maharashtrian Hindu community in India, among others. This vegetable is also prepared traditionally during “Pitru-Paksha” or “Shraddha” month, when pooja is performed for ancestors and food is served as an offering to the ancestors. This vegetable often finds its place on the plate during such offerings.

Ingredients –

  • Gavaar or Cluster Beans – 250 gms
  • Red Pumpkin – 200 gms
  • Red Chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4th tsp
  • Asafoetida – Pinch
  • Cumin seeds – Half tsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Fresh Grated Coconut – for garnishing
  • Coriander – for garnishing
  • Small piece of Jaggery

Preparation –

  • Break the cluster beans into small or medium sized pieces as per requirement. Wash them well.
  • Peel the pumpkin. Wash and cut it into pieces as per liking.
  • Take less than half tablespoon oil in the cooking pan and heat.
  • Once lukewarm, add the Asafoetida.
  • Add Cumin seeds after the Asafoetida appears cooked(after about 10 seconds).
  • They are considered ready once they start spluttering.
  • Add the Cluster beans and saute for about half a minute.
  • Add the pumpkin pieces and saute for half a minute.
  • Add the Red Chilly powder, Turmeric powder and Salt as per taste.
  • Mix well
  • Add the piece of Jaggery and 1.5 bowls of water. Mix well.
  • Keep the lid on the pan and let it cook for about 5 to 10 mins on a low flame.
  • After about 7 to 8 mins, check if the pumpkin and cluster beans are cooked. Based on that, you can decide to cook it more.
  • Garnish with Fresh Grated Coconut and Coriander. Mix well.
  • It the vegetable is watery, let it cook for half a minute to a minute more till the water dries up.
  • Vegetable is ready.

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