June 4, 2015

Kadve vaalachi usal using kala masala, sprouted bitter beans sabzi

Kadve vaalachi usal recipe - Usal is a popular side dish of Maharashtra. Mostly usals are made of sprouted pulses and is flavored with kala masala. I store various pulses like green grams, brown chickpea, moth beans, kabuli chana, rajma, kadve vaal etc. in the pantry for the use during the shortage of vegetables. During rainy season, when we are unable to go to vegetable market, these pulses are handy. Kadve vaal or bitter beans are not bitter in truest sense. Instead it has an inviting nutty flavor and adorable bitterness which makes the usal very delicious. Using your culinary technique, variations can be created with sprouted pulses. Curry prepared in combination with sprouted kadve vaal and drumstick is very tasty. I'll post this recipe in due course. Now to the recipe.

usal in a serving bowl

Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 20 minutes
Makes 2 servings

1 cup kadve vaal / bitter beans
1 onion, chopped
10 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tomato, chopped
1 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp kala masala ( or garam masala)
Few chopped cilantro

For the tempering
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
A generous pinch of cumin seeds / jeera
A generous pinch of asafoetida / hing
1 sprig curry leaves

Kadve valachi usal using kala masala recipe with step by step pictures

Hand pick the kadve vaal and rinse thoroughly. Soak for about 7- 8 hours.

Drain the water and keep covered the kadve vaal in a warm place for 14 - 15 hours or till they sprouts as shown below.
sprouted kadve vaal

Remove the skin and wash the sprouted kadve vaal very gently keeping the sprouts intact.
skin removed

Heat oil in a pan and make a tempering with the ingredients mentioned under " for the tempering". Add the onions and crusheds garlics. Saute till the onions turn translucent. Add the chopped tomato and saute for 2 minutes.
tempering to make the usal

Add the chili powder and turmeric powder. Saute for a minute.
chili powder added

Add 3/4 cup of water and salt. Mix well
water and salt added

Cook covered on low flame till the kadve vaal become soft. Take care the bitter beans should not turn mushy.

Add the kala masala and mix. To keep the flavor intact, add the kala masala at this stage.
kala masala added

Further cook for a minute and remove from the heat.
kadve vaal cooked

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve as a side dish.

If you don't have kala masala,  you can replace it with garam masala.


  1. Looks very yummy. Perfect combo with plain rice/rotis

  2. Delicious and healthy

  3. Looks very delicious and healthy too...


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