Simba Manji Besara

Simba Manji Besara is a typical Odia dish made by cooking broad beans with local vegetables and spices. It has strong flavours of mustard blending well with creamy beans.


  • 1 cup Simba / Sem seeds / Beans
  • 2 Drumstick, cleaned and cut into 2 inch long pieces
  • 1 Brinjal, large and chopped
  • 1 Potato, large and chopped
  • 2 Arbi, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 2 Tomato, chopped
  • 5 Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red chilly powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • Oil
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Rice flour
  • 1 piece Ambul (dried mango piece) or amchur


  1. Roast Broad beans. Then soak in water for an hour.
  2. Grind mustard seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, tomato and rice flour along with little water to fine paste. Keep aside.
  3. Pressure cook beans for 2-3 whistles with sufficient water. Allow to cool. Strain beans and keep aside.
  4. Heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Saute
  5. Add beans, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix well.
  6. Add mustard paste. Mix well. Add 2-3 cups water.
  7. Bring to boil and then add other vegetables - potato, brinjal, and arbi. Cover and cook till all vegetables are cooked.
  8. Now add drumbsticks and dried mango piece.
  9. Add salt. Mix well. Cover and cook for 5-10 minutes on low flame.
  10. Serve Simba manji besara hot along with rice.

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