Kala Vatana Usal/Kala Vatanyachi Usal/Black Peas Curry

One of my most favourite dish is this Kala Vatana Usal / black peas curry with handbreads/rice bhakri ..It goes well with steamed rice too but i feel Its best eaten with rice bhakri or chapati I personally like it to be semi dry .I have added tender /wet cashews too and it tasted even more yumm..The peas are soaked then boiled with salt and water and then cooked in a roasted coocnut masala ..I mostly have these pulses on meatless days and e

1 cup dried black peas /kala vatana
1/2 cup dry coconut grated
1 big/2 med  onion roughly chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp goda masala/garam masala
1 tsp chilli powder/mutton /malvani masala
8-10 tender cashews soaked in water for 15 min (optional)

  • Soak dried peas overnight add about 3-4 cups water ,salt and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles
  • In a pan dry roast the coconut and cumin till the coconut turns golden brown.
  • Remove the coconut add chopped onion and roast adding 1/2 tsp oil till onions turn brown.
  • Switch off the flame and let  it cool for 5-7 mins then grind together with coconut adding little water to a fine smooth paste.
  • Heat about 1 tsp oil in a vessel add the ground masala and malvani masala and saute well till all mixed
  • Add goda masala and the soaked wet cashews if using and boiled peas with the water left from boiled peas.
  • Add salt if needed and if you want gravy you could put off the flame and serve, if you want it dry then Bring it to a nice boil and simmer for 4-5  min 
  • Switch off the flame and serve with chapati/rice bhakri/rice/bread.
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  1. this will go really well with any Indian Bread

  2. Oh I would love such warming curry now :)

  3. Sounds so delicious and flavorful!!!

  4. my favorite curry, looks yummy

  5. Wow dear it is looking amazing with cashew Nuts

  6. Looks delicious & tempting too 😃

  7. very tempting and delicious dear!

  8. Nice and tempting kala channa, they are very healthy too.

  9. Looks wonderful! Love the addition of cashews.

  10. so beautiful looking and yummy recipe.. bookmarked

  11. Soak overnight and then pressure cook for 3 to 4 hours?? Or 3 to 4 whistles of the pressure cooker?
    Please clarify.

    1. so sory dear..its 3-4 whistles...thanx for bringing it to my notice...

  12. No problem..
    Thanks for the quick reply. :)