Cluster beans (Chitmitki in Konkani) is a vegetable that is frequently used in Konkani cooking. Many people do not like this. Chitmitki upkari is a very common side dish prepared with this vegetable. I add a little bit of jaggery to give a slight sweetish taste. Another variation is to combine it with pumpkin which gives a very nice sweetish taste. Since we all like pumpkin, we enjoy this combination very much.
1 cup pumpkin (or butternut squash) pieces
1 cup cluster beans (chitmitki/gawar)
1 tea spn mustard seeds
3-4 green chillies
A pinch asafoetida
1 tbl spn fresh/frozen coconut(optional)
Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add green chillies, asafoetida.
Add cluster beans and little water. When they are half cooked, add pumpkin pieces, salt. Cook till done.
To reduce the cooking time, cluster beans can be cooked in pressure cooker and then added to pumpkin.
Garnish with coconut(if using).
Serve hot as a side dish with rice or chapatis.
Serves : 2
Preparation time : 20mins