Frugivore Cluster Beans (Gawar Phalli)
Gawar beans are small to medium in size, averaging 3-10 centimeters in length, and are long and narrow with tapered ends. The smooth pods are green when young and have a slightly slimy, soft texture. As the pods mature, they transform into a yellow-green, and beneath the smooth skin, there are visible clustered seeds. Each pod contains 5-12 seeds that can range in color from black, white, grey, to pink.
Cluster Beans contain dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, manganese, calcium, iron, and potassium. Cluster Beans are best suited for cooked applications such as sautéing, stir-frying, and roasting. Young beans are consumed similarly to green beans and are popular in daals or lentil soups, stir-fries, curries, mixed vegetable sabzi, and pulav which is an aromatic basmati rice cooked with vegetables and dry nuts.