Cluster beans are also known as Chidki in Goa or Gawar in Maharashtra. I have prepared this subzi in a typical traditional Goan style. The Keralites also prepare in a similar way. I have added little bit of jaggery as this subzi is slightly bitter. Apart from being good for diabetics, it is also a nutritious vegetable and is full of fibre. I pack this in our lunch boxes atleast once a week and is become a family favorite due to the nutritional benefits that it offers.
Cleaning the cluster beans is slightly time-consuming. You have to cut the ends and pull the thread like peel from the sides. Later you can cut this with a knife or simply cut it using your hands. I remember, in my childhood, my Mom used to sit and watch the TV and keep cutting these beans with hands.
I used to hate this subzi due to the typical bitter taste. But if cooked properly, this subzi tastes good. I have added jaggery to reduce the bitterness and added the spices. Addition of freshly grated coconut makes this subzi even more tasty. You can also try this Goan Drumstick Subzi in which grated coconut is added and prepared in similar way.