Black Peas Curry

Malvani recipe, also called as kala watana usal is slow cooked with spices, extremely tasty and aromatic



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About this Recipe

By: Nayan Khadapkar

Staple Maharashtrian dish, this recipe uses wet cashews along with grated coconut to thicken the gravy and impart a taste, which is unique. However the wet Cashews required to make this recipe are available only during the summer season


  • 250 grams Soaked Black Peas
  • 25 grams Kokan Bazar Malvani Masala
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 grated coconut
  • 1 big spoon oil
  • 1 long chopped Onion
  • 1 finely chopped Onion
  • Wet Cashews as per taste
    Salt as per taste


High in proteins, minerals and carbs, it is garnished with coriander and served with Rice / Chapatis / Vade

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Soak the black peas overnight. Next morning wash it and steam it in a cooker (minimum 4-5 whistles)

Step 2

Fry the long chopped onion till golden brown. Add the grated coconut fry till golden brown. Grind it in a mixer till it becomes a fine paste. Add 1 big spoon of steamed black peas and grind again

Step 3

Take a pan, add oil and fry the finely chopped onion till it is golden brown

Step 4

Add Kokan Bazar Malvani Masala and turmeric, add the cooked black peas. Add coconut slices and wet cashews

Step 5

After 5 mins add the onion, coconut and black peas paste. Cook on slow flame for 10 minutes. Add salt as per taste