Malvani Vatana Usal

The Malvani region is a coastal region, which spans the Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra. It is famous for its cuisine, shaped by the Konkan communities of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.

The Malvani Vatana Usal is a classic dish from Malvani cuisine, where kala vatana is cooked with veggies like onions and tomatoes and flavoured with Malvani gravy.

The gravy is reddish brown and spicy with a lot of red chillies, and together with tamarind pulp and a traditional tempering it works wonders to boost the flavour of the cooked vatana.

Serve this hot with rice or rotis . Try other Maharashtrian recipes like Maharashtrian Pitla or Maharashtrian Kothimbir Vadi .

Malvani Vatana Usal

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Malvani Vatana Usal recipe - How to make Malvani Vatana Usal

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings

  1. Combine the kala vatana and 1¼ cups of water in a pressure cooker and pressure cook for 4 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  4. When the seeds crackle, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the ginger, garlic, turmeric powder and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the tomatoes and 2 tbsp of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the prepared malvani gravy and tamarind pulp, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the kalal vatana with the water, salt and more ¾ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  9. Serve hot with rotis or rice.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy174 cal
Protein6 g
Carbohydrates19.5 g
Fiber1.8 g
Fat8 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium9.3 mg


Malvani Vatana Usal
 on 18 Jun 20 04:47 PM

What is basic malvani gravy,? Please share the recipe for the same
Tarla Dalal
01 Jul 20 09:42 AM
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Malvani Vatana Usal
 on 17 Jun 20 08:41 PM

Please explain what is basic malvani gravy recipe. Thanks in advance. Please share the recipe. Thanks again.
Tarla Dalal
18 Jun 20 11:57 AM
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Malvani Vatana Usal
 on 10 Aug 16 01:37 PM

This usal is spicy and tastes nice.
Tarla Dalal
02 Sep 16 01:55 PM
   Hi Sonal , we are delighted you loved the Malvani Vatana Usal recipe. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
Malvani Vatana Usal
 on 14 Feb 15 12:12 PM

This Malvani Vatana is a nice spicy recipe which will be surely loved by all...