I saw Kale vatane or black peas first time in Belgaum. I have not seen these in Konkani cooking. My pachi uses kale vatane a lot in her cooking. I just love these. I still remember the taste of this amti(gravy). I think she also used fresh kale vatane (not very sure though) in her cooking. I make my own version of this, but this is the way she makes it.
Many times on this blog, my readers think that since I live in Kansas, I may not be finding many Indian ingredients. But I have noticed that, we have one of the best Indian grocery stores in US. We have about 7-8 Indian stores not all of them are good, so during those initial days in Kansas, I was pretty much frustrated by these stores. Then we heard about this very famous store Ambica. Ohh..it is like living in India. So far, whenever I want anything, I find it there. After we found this store, we stopped going to any others. Every time I enter the store, the uncle gives me a big smile and says hello. V is pretty much sure that the uncle gets extremely happy looking at me as he knows I am going to buy many things :). So finally he said he won’t be taking me anymore to the store.
Anyway, on one of those days when I was roaming around the store (these days V sits in a corner with hands on his head!!), I found a pack of these vatane. As usual, it was a huge pack, I grabbed it. I made my own version of amti first. Then it was Manisha’s chitkya ani kale vatanyachi bhaji. This time I got pachi‘s recipe. Do I still need to say I love this gravy?
1/2 cup kale vatane
1/4 cup dried coconut
1/4 cup fresh/frozen coconut
1 tea spn coriander seeds
1/2 cup chopped onion
A pinch turmeric
1/2 tea spn goda masala
1 tea spn chilli powder
3-4 strands coriander leaves(optional)
Soak kale vatane overnight and pressure cook.
Heat oil and add coriander seeds. Add 1/4 cup onion and fry till they turn brownish. Now add dry and fresh coconut, fry for few minutes. Add red chilli powder, turmeric, goda masala. Grind to a smooth paste.
Heat a little oil and fry remaining onion. When they turn brownish, add cooked vatane, ground masala, salt and cook.
Garnish with coriander leaves(optional). Serve hot.
Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 25mins
PS: When I took above picture, I was not having goda masala, so I used curry powder.