Homestyle Black Eyed Peas Curry in Instant Pot | Chavlichi Aamti

How to Make Homestyle Black Eyed Peas Curry in Instant Pot
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          I grew up eating this black-eyed peas curry or usal with bhakri/chapati. Black-eyed peas or beans are one of the most nourishing legumes. These are versatile beans that go well with many recipes. These peas are a storehouse of dietary fiber and many other most essential nutrients. Overnight soaked dried black-eyed peas are way better than canned ones. So do try to soak it and make black-eyed peas the proper way. Black-eyed peas curry made with gravy of onions and tomatoes and with some Indian spices. Whenever I prepare it, my family polished it off in no time! There are numerous versions of making this black-eyed peas curry, and each one has its own preferences, cooking style, and spiciness. One reason we like this version of black-eyed peas curry is that it is thicker and flavourful.
         In Maharashtra black-eyed peas are called chavali and made into a curry called chavli amti and stir fry(dry version) called chavli usal and serve with Chapati or Bhakri. In North India, black-eyed peas are called labia or and cooked like dal, served with boiled rice. In Karnataka, it's called alsande kalu and used in the preparation of Huli, a type of curry. Different places have these black-eyed peas, different names, and different methods of preparations. 
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            I love to prepare all kinds of beans in the instant pot, and every single time it does cook very well. All beans require a long time to cook on the stovetop, but with the instant pot, this process is much quicker. There are so many kinds of beans, and they all cook at different times. Also, cook time changes when you cook salad, or soup makes a huge difference. Even cook time for soaked or unsoaked beans is not specified, or it plays a huge role in timing. I always soak beans, because it eases digestion a lot. So never forget to soak beans for 6-8 hours or overnight, before pressure cooking. 
           Make this Vegan-Gluten-free Finger Millets Flatbread (Ragi Bhakri) go with your black-eyed peas and call it a day! Make it for a nutritious weeknight dinner for your gut health. These black-eyed peas have anti-inflammatory properties. They act as probiotics and are full of protein, fiber. 
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes; Cooking Time: 15 Minutes.
Soaking Time: 6 Hours.
Each Serving of Black Eyed Peas Curry Contains 122 Calories.

  • Black Eyed Peas / Chavali 1 Cup(Soaked in water for 6 hours)
  • Onion 1 medium, chopped
  • Tomatoes 2 Small, chopped
  • Desiccated Coconut 1 Tbsp 
  • Red chili powder 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder 1 Tsp
  • Cumin Powder 1 Tsp
  • Coriander Powder 1 Tsp
  • Salt 1 Tsp
  • Coriander Leaves ¼ Cup
  • Cumin-mustard Seeds 1 Tsp
  • Olive oil 2 Tsp
  • Water 1 1/2 Cup
  • Rice 1 Cup + Water 2 Cups

To Make Masala:
  • In a grinder jar/blender add onion, tomato, coconut, green chilies, half of the coriander leaves and water and blend to make a fine paste.

To Make Black Eyed Peas Curry in Instant Pot:
  • Turn on saute mode of the instant pot and heat oil.
  • Splutter cumin-mustard and mustard seeds.
  • Now, add prepared masala and saute and cook for 2-3 minutes or until oil separates from the masala.
  • Add red chili powder, cumin-coriander powder, salt, and mix well.
  • Now add black-eyed peas and water 1 cup and mix all well.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the pot and mix well and place rice pan with trivet.
  • Close the lid and place the vent in a sealing position.
  • Cook on manual mode (Hi) for 6 minutes and followed by Natural Pressure Release (NPR) for 5 minutes.
  • Release remaining pressure manually and open the lid.
  • Take out the rice pan and turn on saute mode of the instant pot.
  • Add a ½ cup of water and mix well and cook for a minute or two.
  • Homestyle black-eyed peas curry is ready to serve, serve hot with rice, chapati, or with bhakri. Enjoy!!!
My Take:
  • You can use unsoaked black-eyed peas too, if using unsoaked beans then cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • You can use canned beans too.
  • You can adjust the red chili powder quantity (less or more) according to your taste.
  • Also, adjust the gravy thickness as you like it, so add more or less water. My family loves the semisolid version of this curry, so we can eat it with rice and roti too.
Dietary Comment :
  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • Per serving contains 122 calories, along with 17.4 g carbohydrates, 3.1 dietary fiber, 3.89 g fats, and 5.4 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level. 
Health Benefits of Black Eyed Peas:
  • It is the most abundant source of protein for Vegans and Vegetarians.
  • This is high in potassium and low in sodium, which lowers blood pressure, especially for those with hypertension.
  • Good for Diabetes, as it has a low glycemic index.
  • This is a good source of dietary fibers, which can help prevent constipation and make bowel movements more regular.
  • High in Vitamin. A, which helps to maintain healthy skin and mucous membranes.
  • Weight Loss: these are the powerhouse of dietary fibers and which is potent enough to reduce appetite. Consuming peas can keep you full for a long time, which ultimately lowers your overall calorie intake.
Good Time To Eat:
           It is good to eat black-eyed peas curry for lunch, brunch, or for dinner.
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  1. So far i can remember i have never seen curry version of black eyed peas, we take it after just boiling, will definitely try the curry version, tanks for the recipe.

    1. For sure try this out and i am sure you will love it. thank you Jyotirmoy.


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