Sunday, December 20, 2009

Chavli amti (Alsande/Black eyed beans curry)

I am a big fan of all legume dishes. You will always find different beans such as mung, masoor, watana in our pantry. They are very nutritious and make healthy meal.
My mom makes this delicious curry of black eyed beans. We call it chavlichi amti in marathi. It tastes great with rice as well as fulka.

1 cup chavli/black eyed beans soaked for 5-6 hours
1 big onion pureed
1 tomato pureed
3 cloves of garlic chopped
2 tbsp grated coconut
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 cloves
1/2 inch cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp goda masala
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
1/2 tsp turmeric/hadi
4 tsp oil


  1. Cook soaked black eyed beans in pressure cooker. I normally do not soak these beans. In such case, pressure cook it for 3 whistles. Let cooker rest till it cools down. This way beans get cooked nicely under pressure.
  2. Dry roast coriander seeds,cloves,cinnamon. Grind this along with grated coconut to a smooth paste adding little water.
  3. Heat oil in kadhai. Add mustard seeds. When they splutter add jeera,haldi. Add finely chopped garlic and onion.
  4. Fry onion till its raw smell goes off. Add tomato puree and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add masala paste prepared earlier. Fry for few minutes.
  6. Add red chilli powder,goda masala and cooked beans. Mix nicely.
  7. After frying for 3-4 minutes add hot water to get nice curry consistency.
  8. Add salt and let this simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Serve hot with rice.
Preparation time : 20 minutes.


Sushma Mallya said...

well very nice recipe for black eyed beans,looks very delicious and perfect with hot rice..

AshKuku said...

It looks good...It resembles the one I had posted long back.....I simply love alasande beeja saaru.... I love it more when it is prepared by my dodamma....(Badimaa).........



Priya Narasimhan said...

nice side dish for roti and rice.

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Thanks everybody for ur valuable comments!!

Suma said...

Hi Renuka! My mouth is watering:-)) I must try this out! Could u share some simple dry masalas and masala paste which can be made and stored? It will be a great help if this could be in small quantities as we would not be using this on a daily basis? Thanks!

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