Gavar / गवार / Cluster Bean / Cyamopsis tetragonoloba

  • Local Name: Gavar / गवार
  • Common Name: Cluster Bean
  • Botanical Name: Cyamopsis tetragonoloba

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Shrub

  • Occurrence: Well-drained soil

  • Season of Availability: Summer season

  • Geography: South Asia

  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Fruits

  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No

  • Ripe: No

  • Both Raw & Ripe: No

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant

  • As Food: Cooked like a vegetable; guar gum is extracted.

  • As Medicine: Eaten cooked; guar gum is extracted; pod extract helps reduce blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

  • Cooking Method: Cooked like a vegetable; guar gum is extracted.

  • Preservation / Curing Technique: N/A

  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: No

  • Souring Agents Required: N/A


Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich in calcium.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps reduce blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Eaten cooked; guar gum is extracted; pod extract helps reduce blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Gavar bhaji: Rinse gavar phali in a colander, drain. Cut into 1-inch pieces after removing head, tail, and strings. Steam for 5-8 minutes. Mix besan and spice powders. Sauté ajwain, garlic, and green chili. Add besan-spice mix, cook for 1-2 minutes. Add steamed gavar and salt, cook 2 minutes. Add garam masala and amchur.