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Mode aleli Chawli chi Bhaji with Coconut (Sprouted Black-eyed Beans Curry with Coconut)

Pulses are a great low-fat source of protein with high levels of fibre. Pulses contain both soluble and insoluble fibre and one cup of cooked pulses gives you more than half the amount of fibre you need for the entire day. Pulses also contain important vitamins and minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, folate, zinc, iron, and magnesium. Pulses also contain resistant starch, a type of carbohydrate that behaves like fibre in the body, and this helps improve gut health. Soaking and rinsing dry beans before cooking can help to reduce the flatulence that may be caused by these carbohydrates.
Recipe Credit: Darshana Muzumdar
Serves 4-6 as part of an Indian meal

This style of cooking can be used for sprouted green moong or vaal (field beans). The sprouted beans are usually immersed completely in water with about 2 inches of water above it for around 15-20 minutes for the skins to rise to the surface and then removed. The skins are not removed for the Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB) version. If you don’t eat sprouts as a Jain, soak the beans for 3-4 hours or overnight before using them.


  • 1/2 cup dried beans sprouted to make 2 cups (black eyed peas/cow peas/rongi)
  • 1/2 fresh coconut, grated or chopped into pieces
  • 4-5 red chillies (this will vary according to the spiciness of the chilies)
  • 1/4 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • a ball of tamarind the size of a small lime (increase this if you like the sour taste like I do)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2-3 sprigs of curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp coconut or groundnut oil
  • Salt to taste


SPROUTING: This dish needs a day or two pre-preparation to sprout the beans. Clean, wash and soak the chawli beans overnight or for three to four hours. Rinse and drain the water. Keep covered in a steel pot in a warm place for 8-12 hours. The sprouts become longer and thicker if no light is allowed to enter the pot. You can rinse the beans and keep covered for 8-12 hours more if the beans haven’t sprouted well. Once ready these beans will keep in the fridge for up to a week. Wash and rinse the sprouted beans and drain in a colander ready to use. When sprouted, the beans will become four times the size of the dry beans, so you will have 2 cups of beans for this recipe.

Boil and cook the sprouted beans with a little water and salt till soft. Soak the tamarind in a little water for 10-15 minutes and remove any fibrous parts. Roast the red chilies and methi seeds in 1/4 tsp oil. Grind the coconut, tamarind, red chilies, methi seeds, and turmeric powder till fine. Add the ground masala and salt to the cooked sprouts. Bring it to a boil. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in an iron tempering ladle and add the mustard seeds. Once they pop, add the curry leaves. Pour this over the cooked chawli. Serve hot with rotis, bhakri, or rice.

NOTE: This gravy will thicken with time so add more water if it is going to be served after some time.

For the Whole-Food Plant-Based (WFPB) version:

As mentioned above do not remove the skins.

Use rock salt instead of refined salt.

Do not use oil to fry the spices:

Heat an iron tempering ladle and dry roast the methi seeds. Transfer them to the grated coconut in the blender jar. Dry roast the red chilies in the ladle and transfer them to the coconut too. For the tempering, heat the iron ladle and add the mustard seeds. Once they pop, transfer them to the cooked chawli. Now, sauté the curry leaves in the tempering ladle and then transfer them to the cooked chawli.

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