A local variant of Fava Beans: cooking was easier than finding its name!

in Foodies Bee Hive4 months ago (edited)

A type of beans or vegetable used to cook in our home from my childhood but I was not aware of its actual name. This is a type of bean that comes in the winter season and have some distinct features and taste. When I saw this in the market I bought it decided to cook in my own way. I remember in my childhood my mother used to cook it and add curd but being a vegan I cooked in a different way.


As I was not sure about its name I started to find its name from the vendor, she called it Bakla (बाकला) Beans, I heard this name the first time. Then I asked in a Facebook group and got some responses, that was Dhamoka/Dhamuka (धमोका/धमूका) Beans and also Bakla Beans. My mom called it Kalmuhi Fali (Blackmouth Beans काले मुहं की फली ), okay..then I messaged my friend and his response was totally different that was Undara Gwar (उंदारा ग्वार)
Now it was getting more interesting to find its name rather than cooking it. Now I took help from Google and searched by Dhamoka Fali and found so many results including photographs and how to cook it. The pictures showing was similar to what I have. Its English name was showing Fava Beans but that was also not similar in looking with my beans.
After this much exercise to discover the name I found that it is a local variant of Fava Beans and known as a different name in the local language.
Do you have this vegetable available? What do you call it?

Whatever the name let's cook it!

Ingredients Used

  • Beans 1/2 kg
  • Tomatoes 2-3
  • Garlic cloves ( I used fresh garlic available in the season)
  • Lemon Juice of a lemon
  • Spices like cumin seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala.
  • Any vegetable oil of your choice - 1tbsp
  • Green chillis 1-2 nos
  • Freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required
    (It also can be combined with potatoes if you like but I didn't do that)



The procedure is almost the same as cooking any other vegetables. Wash and cut the beans and other fresh ingredients. Heat oil in a pan and add all spices, saute for a while and cook vegetable in it. Add water as required.





Serve Hot with Steamed Rice, Chapati, Parantha or any bread of your choice!!


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