Whenever I start preparing the raw materials for the daily meals, there is always one thing that makes me walk down a memory trail. My mom in the kitchen preparing us her beautiful home cooking recipes. She makes utmost tasty, scrumptious, simple and beautiful food for us. Her recipes are so easy to follow. When I moved to the United States, she used to guide me to prepare food on facetime. I would just follow what she says and then there it goes …just perfect and easy. I attempt to make just like hers, but there will always be an element missing. The element is missing the food my mom used to cook.
I used to talk to my mom in the kitchen while she prepared food for dinner. At the time, I thought that I am just in the kitchen because my mom is preparing the dinner and that’s the time of the day I can talk to her after finishing up with my daily chores. She used to tell me she was always in the kitchen as I was a hungry baby of all times and if she is around me I still am. But, know when I think about it, as I stood there in the kitchen with her, I used to observe her, while preparing the raw material, cooking like 4-5 different dishes at the same time, the spices she will use, and of course the lessons she will give about cooking while she is cooking. As my mother quotes “I don’t like cooking” she says and I go back to her and ask her, then how do you cook everything so delicious. She would just smile back. She didn’t like cooking, but she would still attend cooking classes so she can make us all the food we like at home… in all her glory of healthy and fresh cooking.
My mom nurtured me and my sister for what we are today. Two days back I was talking to my dad about what he had for dinner. My mom that day, prepared sev tameta nu shaak and bhakri. It’s a kathiyawadi delicacy, which is prepared at least once a week at our home. My dad says, my sister and I are good cooks, just because of our mom. She has passed her cooking legacy to us, and I totally agree with him on this. My mom was sitting next to him, blushes a little and goes back to catching up with her Instagram.
I know you are going to read this, my dear mother … just to let you know, you will always be an idol to me in every way, and I hope I will be able to nurture my family the way you did.
This one is for you mumma.
A little bit about cluster beans,
Cluster beans are low carb veggies, which is an excellent source of nutritional value added to our plate. They are rich in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Iron and Calcium. These also have foliates which help with maintaining reproductive health. These veggies help in resolving anaemia, control diabetes, and stronger bone health. And these are a very good source of plant-based protein too.
For Cluster Beans in Yoghurt Curry,
- Boiled Cluster beans- 250 gms
- Oil – 1 Tbsp
- Cumin Seeds
- Asofoteida- a pinch of asafoetida
- Ginger-garlic Paste- 1 Tsp
- Red Chilli Powder- 2 Tsp
- Turmeric – 1/2 Tsp
- Coriander and Cumin Powder- 1 Tsp
- Garam Masala – 1/2 Tsp (optional)
- Yoghurt – Beaten – 1 cup
- Salt- to taste
Let’s start preparing the recipe,
On a medium-high flame, place a pan and add I tbsp oil. Once the pan is heated, add cumin seeds. Let the cumin seeds splutter and add a pinch of asafoetida. Turn the flame to medium-low. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute it until it is cooked. Now it is time to add the spices. Start with adding turmeric, red chilli powder and coriander-cumin powder. You can also add little garam masala at this time. Saute them well. Now add the beaten yoghurt. Keep stirring so the yoghurt cooks well and doesn’t get separated with water. Once cooked, add half cup water (I used the same water used for boiling the cluster beans- this will help the curry with maintaining the nutrition and taste) and keep stirring. Now add the boiled cluster beans to the curry. Let it boil for a minute. And top the curry with some Kasuri methi ( dried fenugreek leaves).
Let’s dig in…I served this curry with Split Back Urad Dal and Phulka’s (Chapatis). A perfect healthy meal to balance the daily intake of carbs, protein and healthy fat and fibre.