Chavli / चवळी / Black Eyed Pea / Vigna unguiculata (L.)

Other Names

  • Local Name: Chavli / चवळी
  • Common Name: Black Eyed Pea
  • Botanical Name: Vigna unguiculata (L.)

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Climber
  • Occurrence: Poor dry areas
  • Season of Availability: Warmer parts of the year
  • Geography: Africa, Asia
  • Method of Propagation: Seed propagation
  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Seeds
  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No
  • Ripe: No
  • Both Raw & Ripe: No
  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant
  • As Food: Eaten boiled in stews, curries, etc.
  • As Medicine: Its fiber and protein helps maintain cholesterol; can be used to stop growth of cancer cells; maintains gastrointestinal health and weight.
  • Cooking Method: Eaten boiled in stews, curries, etc.
  • Preservation / Curing Technique: Need to boil before cooking.
  • Does Require Another Plants to be cooked together: N/A
  • Souring Agents Required: N/A

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich in protein (known as the "poor man's meat")
  • Medicinal Benefit: Helps maintain cholesterol, stop growth of cancer cells, and maintain weight and gastrointestinal health; rich in protein.

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Its fiber and protein helps maintain cholesterol; can be used to stop growth of cancer cells; maintains gastrointestinal health and weight.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Sabji:
    Soak black-eyed peas for 4 hours or overnight, then drain. In Instant Pot, sauté cumin, green chili, onions, ginger, garlic for 3-4 mins. Add tomatoes and spices, cook 3 mins. Put drained peas, water, seal pot. Pressure cook on high for 12 mins. Natural pressure release, add lime juice, cilantro. Serve with roti/rice.

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Chavli / चवळी / Black Eyed Pea / Vigna unguiculata (L.)

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