November 30, 2018

Vatana Usal / Maharastrian Cuisine

Vatana Usal is a delicious Maharashtrian recipe prepared using Peas and Potato. Vatana is a Maharashtrian name of green peas and in this recipe, I have used dried hara vatana ( Hara - green, Vatana - peas ) which can be substituted with the fresh ones based on the availability. Malvani masala powder is the key factor for this recipe to get a delicious and flavourful taste. Malvani masala powder is prepared by roasting and grinding lots of whole spices and I have followed Chef. Tarlaldalal recipe to prepare this flavourful masala powder. I have pressure cooked the soaked dried peas before adding it to the curry but the fresh ones are used, it is added along with the potatoes as it takes less time to cook compared to the dried ones. This curry/gravy is a great side dish to serve with Roti and also, can be served with Rice.

Prepared this recipe for an event Shhh Cooking Secretly Challenge which is hosted by a fellow bloggers. You must be familiar if you are following my page or click HERE to view more details on the challenge and so far recipes prepared for the event. For November month, I was paired with a wonderful blogger Priya Iyer who has an amazing webpage called thephotowali. Don't miss to check out her page to get loads of delicious recipes. She gave me Peas and Potato as my secret ingredients and using those lovely ingredients, tried this yummy recipe. And also, click HERE to check out the delicious street food recipe prepared by her using the secret ingredients given by me.

Recipe Source - Maharashtrian Recipes

Here comes a delicious and tasty side dish using Malvani masala powder, green peas and potato...

Ingredients :

1 Tbsp Oil 
1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds
A pinch of Hing powder 
1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
1 Tomato, finely chopped 
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder 
1 Tbsp Malvani masala 
2 Medium sized potatoes, cut into small cubes
1 Cup Dried Green peas ( Fresh peas can also be used ) 
Salt to taste 
Coriander leaves for garnishing

To grind :

1 Tsp Oil 
1/2 Cup Onion, finely chopped 
1/2 Cup Coconut, grated 

Method :

Soak dried peas overnight and pressure cook it for 5 whistles by adding little salt or until it gets cooked. Keep aside.

Heat 1 Tsp oil in a pan and add 1/2 cup onion followed by coconut.

Saute and grind into a fine paste. Keep aside.

Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.

Once it starts spluttering, add cumin seeds followed by Hing powder and finely chopped onion.

Saute and add the chopped tomatoes followed by potatoes.

Add turmeric powder along with Malvani masala powder and the required quantity of salt.

Mix well and add little water to cook.

Cook until the potatoes get 3/4 the cooked and add the cooked peas.

Mix well and cook it for another couple of minutes.

Now add the ground coconut paste and cook it for 3 - 4 minutes.

Once done, garnish with coriander leaves and remove from the flame.

Serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve hot with Roti or Rice.


  1. Wow, the vatana usal sure looks inviting! :) A warm bowl of this with some rotis would be just the perfect meal for cold winter days such as today. Awesomely done!

    Thank you for that wonderful introduction to my blog. :)

  2. Priya by preparing this usal you've brought back sweet memories. My father in law use to love this and would ask me or my mother in law to make it at least 2-3 times in a month. He enjoyed it with chutneys and would sprinkle some sev on it. A delicious recipe. I will be making it soon in my father in law's memory.

  3. I love Usal of all kinds. this one with Matar is so delicuous , love it with hot roti and Chaas....

  4. Vowww yummy.. Can eat daily with out any bore.. Looks delicious

  5. Just feel like dig in, what a lipsmacking usal. Anything with green peas is my favourite. With some rotis, am sure this vatana usal will definitely makes some satisfying meal.

  6. Yummy and spicy dish .. love it to the core.

  7. A simple, everyday dish that can make me happy happy any time. :)

  8. I absolutely love Malavani style rassa sabzi and it goes well with flatbreads or Ghavans too. Loved it Priya! Total comfort food.

  9. I want some vatana usal just now. It's been ages since I have had anything so delicious. Superb share.

  10. Usal looks mouthwatering. Loved this simple yet delicious recipe. Superb share.

  11. This green peas curry is so inviting and looks so delicious. I am sure they go best with chapathis.

  12. This is good dish to make a quick lunch or dinner. It looks delicious and I am sure we will like it at home.

  13. Such a simple and flavourful dish. Inviting

  14. Vatana usal with Malvani masala sounds so flavorful ! Craving for it now.

  15. Wow, the humble aloo mutter in a totally different avatar! Maharashtrian food has so many masalas and spice mixes, each of them unique and of course adding great flavour to the dish. With fresh peas in abundance this season, this is a recipe I must try!

  16. I love maharastrain gravies of late a lot. They kind of have a unique creaminess and still easy to do. I have some more malvani masala left so perfect for the trial.

  17. Love a good vatana dish and yours looks very inviting

  18. The vatana usal looks so inviting !!! Such a simple and flavorful dish.