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The Winged bean also known as the Goa bean and Asparagus pea, Four-angled bean and Winged pea, is a tropical legume plant.

The flavor of the beans has a similarity to asparagus.  The beans are used as a vegetable, but the other parts (leaves, flowers, and tuberous roots) are also edible.  This is my favorite vegetable; I am eating this from my childhood days.  In India we used to get this in the mouth of August and December, yes its seasonal one there.  We in our families use wing beans for making pickles(there are different variations)  and also used to soak this vegetable in the spicy water(made of yogurt,turmeric,chilli powder etc)  which tastes so  good with all south Indian delicacies.  This can also be used for making Indian dry curries (Poriyal).   In Singapore, Thailand this winged bean is also used to make salad and stir fries which taste so so good and love their version of making this Bean as well. 
I was so happy to see this bean in the market couple of days back, but managed to get only few. I made Salad cum pickle which I am posting today.  This is so easy to make and can be had with any Roti, Rice and with all South Indian delicacies. Will try to post stir fries recipe if I manage to get again :)



How to chop and select this?

Try to find nice and green one without any brown spots or any patches.  The Vegetable should not be very firm and it should be slightly flexible.  Wash them in nice cold water for 2 to 3 times, drain the water.  Cut the two ends to remove the string, like we do for green beans, and then slice them thin or thick according to your dish or need.  


Wing bean chopped - 2 cup
Green chilli paste - 3/4 tbsp (add according to your taste)
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp (add according to your taste)


Oil - 1/2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves  - few

Method :

1.  Mix chopped bean, green chilli paste, lemon juice and salt.
2.  Heat oil, add mustard seeds when they splutter, add asafoetida followed by curry leaves.
3. Mix until everything is blended well.


You can enjoy this with all South Indian delicacies like upmas, dosa, curd rice etc.  It tastes so good by itself as a salad.  You can also store them in refrigerator for a week. 

Hari Chandana P  – (December 16, 2011 at 9:33 AM)  

Woww..... awesome photography dear.. Truly delicious :)
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Archana  – (December 16, 2011 at 9:35 AM)  

This is new to me. Looks so yummy as i love pickle in any form. Will keep my eyes open and hope i see some of these pretty soon.

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (December 16, 2011 at 9:42 AM)  

Seeing this after a very long time. I like this very much and we use for sambhar. Nice way of doing salad with this.

Raks  – (December 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM)  

My hostel room mate brings a pickle of this in orange coloured thin gravy. It tastes yumm. This sounds simple and yummy too!

Pavithra Elangovan  – (December 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM)  

@ Raks thats what i specified like this soak this vegetable in the spicy water(made of yogurt,turmeric,chilli powder etc) which tastes so good with all south Indian delicacies.

Rachana  – (December 16, 2011 at 11:28 AM)  

This sounds so delicious. Great photography, Pavithra.

Umm Mymoonah  – (December 16, 2011 at 1:11 PM)  

Never had this vegetable, next time will buy this and surely try your recipe, this looks very yumm!

Hamaree Rasoi  – (December 16, 2011 at 8:38 PM)  

Very colorful and tangy looking pickle. Awesome clicks.

Hamaree Rasoi

Satrupa  – (December 16, 2011 at 11:53 PM)  

Winged Beans !! Never heard of this vege b4. Thanks for introducing this vege and that too with such a nice recipe.

Tina  – (December 17, 2011 at 2:16 AM)  

OMG...its my fav...its' malayalam name is CHATHURA PAYAR OR IRACHI in protein and perfect natural med for eyes. Usually prepare thoran (with grated coconut,green chilly, shallots turmeric pdr). so yummy yummy. Never tried this version dear. have lots in my home courtyard in kerala...

Unknown  – (December 17, 2011 at 4:58 AM)  

wow...winged bean...thats quite new to me...loved the pickle

Sudha Sabarish  – (December 17, 2011 at 5:19 AM)  

I always like this winged bean if its put in "OOTTA".Perfect to have with upmas.

Priya dharshini  – (December 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM)  

I never tried this veggie...luks so appetizing..Nice clicks..

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Unknown  – (December 18, 2011 at 2:48 AM)  

Havent heard about this bean. looks interesting!

Love and other Spices  – (December 18, 2011 at 3:31 AM)  

Thanks for featuring this.This is one of my favorite vegetable back at home in Srilanka and thought nobody knew about it out of the country.I make a quick stir-fry for the rice and it's totally heavenly.

Priya Suresh  – (December 19, 2011 at 5:37 AM)  

Never had this vegetable, next time will try to buy this ,excellent salad and pickle.

Chitra  – (December 19, 2011 at 5:57 AM)  

This is very new to me. looks nice . loved ur previous post. bookmarked it :)

chef and her kitchen  – (December 19, 2011 at 8:19 AM)  

is it nalleru in Telugu which is used 4 chutney?? that pickle looks yummy n tangy

Anu Nandu  – (January 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM)  

Really Pavi....only you can make something as boring as winged bean look so good.

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