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How to Make Maharashtrian Style Chavalichi Usal

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          Chavalichi Usal is a Maharashtrian style spicy and flavorful curry or stirs fry dish which is loaded with nutrition. It is a perfect nutritious pulse. 

Because of negligible calories and fat, black-eyed peas are the best food for a weight loss plan. Since they have high levels of dietary fiber, they keep you feeling fuller for a longer period of time. My Aai(Mother) makes usal with any legumes, sprouts, or lentils and I have posted other usal/sprouts recipes on the blog already. 

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This usal recipe can also be made with moong or matki/moth bean sprouts, dried green peas, rose cocoa beans, black chickpeas, whole masoor, and even tuvar dal. The chawli usal is tastes best with multigrain flatbread(Thalipeeth), chapati, bhakri, or a side for Varan-Bhat. I usually make usal spicy, but you can tone down the use of red chili powder in the recipe. It also tastes great with bread or pav. I have cooked black-eyed peas in the instant pot and then cooked them with onion and spices.   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 change 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. 

What is Chavali?

         Chavali is also known as black-eyed peas, southern pea, cowpea, crowder pea, ‘lobia’ in Hindi, ‘chawli/chavali’ in Marathi, and ‘bobbarlu’ in Telugu. Chavali is an oval-shaped white bean, which you can easily identify through a black spot found at the hilum of the seed. It looks more like a bean but is smaller in size. It has a high amount of proteins and minerals and has about 25% protein which is why it helps in building body immunity and prevents the breakdown of skin collagen.


  • Chavali/Lobia/Black Eyed Peas, 1 Cup
  • Onion 1 medium, chopped
  • Garlic 3 cloves, crushed
  • Coriander stems 2 Tbsp, finely chopped
  • Cumin seeds ½ Tsp
  • Mustard seeds ½ Tsp
  • Curry leaves 8-10
  • Green chilies paste 1 Tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder 1 Tbsp
  • Turmeric powder ½ Tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves 2 Tbsp, finely chopped
  • Oil 2 Tsp
  • Water as needed 


To Cook Black Eyed Peas in the Instant Pot:

  • Wash dried black-eyed peas under tap water until water runs clear.
  • Soak peas in the water for 5-6 hours.
  • Transfer the black-eyed peas into the pan and add 2 cups of water.
  • Turn on the instant pot and pour 2 cups of water.
  • Place the trivet and the peas pot.
  • Close the lid and place the vent in the sealing position. 
  • Now, Pressure Cook on Manual Mode(Hi) for 6 minutes. 
  • NPR for 5 minutes and then release the remaining pressure manually.
  • Take the peas pan out and drain the water from the beans and let it cool.
  • Perfectly cooked, tender, and tasty peas are ready to use in recipes. 

To Make Chavalichi Usal:

  • Heat in a kadai/pan and splutter cumin-mustard seeds.
  • Now add garlic, curry leaves, coriander stems, green chilies paste, and cook for a minute.
  • Add chopped onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until onions become translucent.
  • Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt and mix well.
  • Now add cooked black-eyed peas and stir well.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Healthy and tasty Chavalichi Usal is ready to serve. 
  • Serve with Thalipeeth(Multigrain Flatbread), Chapati, Bhakri, or as a side for Varan-Bhat Enjoy!!!

Some more Beans/Sprouts/Pulses Recipes to Try:

Dietary Comment:

  • The calorie count is based on a 2000 calorie diet.
  • 1 Serving contains 147 calories, along with 21.6 g carbohydrates, 3.2 g dietary fiber, 4.3 g fats, and 7 g protein.
  • Portion size can always be increased or decreased depending on your health goals and activity level.

Health Benefits of Black Eyed Peas Curry/Chavalichi Usal:

  • It is the richest source of protein for Vegans and Vegetarians.
  • These are high in potassium and low in sodium, which lowers blood pressure, especially for those with hypertension.
  • It is rich in antioxidants.
  • 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 a powerhouse of dietary fibers and are 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 breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner.

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