Cowpea Beans Subzi is a stir fry made with cowpea green with onion, tomato and some spices. This is a vegan and gluten free stir fry.
Cowpea means “vaal” in Konkani and is another vegetable like green beans. In Konkani, this recipe is known as Valachi Bhaji. Some people also call it chawli subzi or chawli bhaji. I make Cowpea Beans Subzi at least once a week. This recipe is very easy to prepare and is packed with nutrition.
I have used pressure cooker in this recipe to make it quick. You can just boil in water if you are not using a pressure cooker. I have added curry leaves to this valachi bhaji which is totally optional. You can serve this Green Beans Cowpea Subzi or chawli bhaji with rice and amlechi uddamethi.
Ingredients to make cowpea beans stir fry:
- Cowpea beans: Use fresh long and tender cowpea green beans.
- Onion: A finely chopped red onion is added to this recipe.
- Tomato: Finely chopped tomato is added to this recipe.
- Green Chillies: Green chillies adds the right amount of heat to the recipe. If green chillies are unavailable, add 1 teaspoon red chilli powder.
- For seasoning(tadka): For seasoning, I have added some curry leaves, cumin seeds and asafoetida. This provides the basic seasoning needed for this recipe.
- Turmeric powder: Turmeric powder provides the right amount of flavour to the recipe.
Cowpea Beans Subzi | Valachi Bhaji | Chawli Subzi
- Pressure cooker
- Kadai / wok
- 3 cups chopped cowpea beans
- 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
- 1 medium sized tomato finely chopped
- 2 green chilles
- 10 curry leaves
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 2 tablespoon grated coconut
- 1 teaspoon jeera / cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Pinch asafoetida
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoon oil
- Pressure cook the cowpea beans for one whistle keep aside. You can also boil this in enough water.
- In a kadai/pan, add 2 teaspoon oil. After oil gets heated, add mustard seeds and cover the kadai.
- After the mustard flutters, add cumin seeds.
- Then add asafoetida, curry leaves and green chillies.
For making subzi:
- Add onion and fry till it becomes pinkish.
- Add tomato and sauté till tomato becomes mushy.
- Then add the pressure-cooked cowpea and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
- Garnish with grated coconut. This is optional.
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Note: Recipe was published on 16 May 2013 and is republished with new images.