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Plain Alasande Kalu Dosa (Black eyed beans pancake)

IMG_2602This dish is one of the most tasty and healthy breakfast. Black eyed beans are known as alasande kalu is kannada (official language of Karnataka state in India) and pancakes are called dosas. Normally these beans are used in preparing Sambar, veggies and curries, where as I am using them as main ingredient in preparing breakfast. I tried this recipe last week, believe me it came out very tasty and aromatic as well.  You don’t need to wait for it’s fermentation, you can start making dosas instantly. We all know that beans, including black eyed beans, are high in protein and low in fat. Eating legumes regularly may help in loosing weight. They are rich in dietary fibre which helps to promote regular bowel movements and improve the health of the entire body, especially the digestive system. Surprisingly they are high in Vitamin A which is very good for eyes. We can add black eyed beans in our regular diet for protecting our eyes and skin as well. Knowing all these health benefits, I am trying to use these beans in our regular diet in different ways. This recipe is one of them. I made it very simple, if you try it, you would love to do it again. It would be better if you use dried black eyed beans which give better flavour, taste and texture than canned one. You can use canned beans in case you don’t get dried one. Let’s see how to prepare alasande kalu dosa.


  • Alasande kalu/Black eyed beans – 200 grams (around 1 cup)
  • Ground nuts – 1 Table spoon
  • Raw rice – 1 Table spoon
  • Fenugreek seeds/Methi seeds – 1/4 tea spoon
  • Salt – 1 Tea spoon (very the measurement according to your taste)
  • Cooking oil – 1 Table spoon

You can add green or red chillies if you like spicy one.


  • Clean all the ingredients. Take a big bowl and pour all the ingredients – alasande kalu, groundnuts, rice and methi seeds to it. Wash them three to four times thoroughly and soak them in one litre of warm water for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, you can check whether all ingredients especially alasande kalu, are fully soaked or not. Take a soaked bean in hand and press it by two fingers, if it is fully soaked, it will break into small pieces otherwise it will be hard to break. You can start the next process once you confirm that they are fully ready.
  • Pour soaked ingredients to a mixer jar. Add salt and half cup of water to it and grind it to a fine paste. Add green or red chillies while grinding if you want the dish spicy. While grinding, if required, you can add some more water to it. consistency of the batter should be thicker than that of dosa (pancake) batter.
  • Place a pan (tawa) on medium heat and wait for 2 minutes. Once pan gets heated start the process of making dosas (pancakes). Pour one big spoon of batter over pan and spread it uniformly by moving the hand in circular motion. Sprinkle few drops of oil over it or you can use oil brush for greasing and allow it to cook for 1 minute. Turn dosa (pancake) upside down with the help of a ladle. Grease the other side of dosa (pancake) with few drops of oil, allow it to cook for 1 minute. Take it out, place it in a plate and serve it with chutney of your choice.
  • You have to repeat the process for the remaining batter.
  • Healthy and tasty alasande kalu dosa is ready to serve. Isn’t it easy!
  • Enjoy cooking…….



Chavali Kayi Palya with Alasande Kalu (Cluster Beans with Black Eyed Beans Veggie)

picCluster beans are popularly known as Chavali kayi in northern part of Karnataka (India) which is a southern state in India and gavar in hindi and it is known by different names in different regions of our country (India). Cluster beans are grown in rainy season, it is a short term crop. This is the right season to prepare varieties of dishes from cluster beans. Cluster bean is very good source of iron and potassium and at the same time, it has good amount of fiber as well. It will be a wonderful combination if Cluster bean (chavali kayi) is cooked with black eyed beans (alasande kalu/Lobhia). My husband don’t like cluster beans veggie, once I tried to prepare cluster beans with black eyed beans and it came out so tasty that my husband loved it. This dish is very healthy and delicious as well. You can serve it with rice, chapati, roti or any other main course. Except the process of cleaning and cutting of cluster beans, remaining process of cooking this dish is very simple and consumes normal cooking time, you will enjoy it cooking. Let’s see the preparation of chavalikayi palya with alasande kalu.   Continue reading →

Alasande Kalu Rice (Lobia Chawal/Black Eyed Beans Rice)

black_eyed_bean 1This is an interesting recipe which requires very less preparation. Alasande kalu is a kannada (Karnataka, India) word used for black eyed beans. This dish is healthy and delicious too. Like other beans, black eyed beans are rich in fiber and they are low in fat. It is a good practice if you use these beans regularly in different forms like curry, veggie and so many dishes. They supply high quality proteins which provides alternative to meat or any other animal protein which is very much essential to the body. For beginners and bachelors, this recipe is a boon as it requires no elaborated procedures and preparation. You can prepare this dish for lunch, dinner and even for breakfast. You can prepare this dish using any vegetables available in your kitchen along with some spices and herbs, believe me it comes out very tasty. I made it simple and easy for you. I, always, try to make cooking easy and simpler so that people start getting interest in cooking. I, honestly, want people to realize that cooking is not that much tough and tedious and one can make healthy and simple dishes within few minutes without spending much time. Let’s see the preparation of Alasande Kalu rice (Black Eyed Beans Rice).   Continue reading →

Alasande Kalu Huli (Black Eyed Beans Curry)

alasandThis is an Indian dish made from black eyed beans, alasande kalu is a Kannada (India) word for black eyed beans. This dish is served as main side dish with rice, rotis and chapatis. My mother, oftenly, used to prepare this dish, this dish has a different flavour of its own, it is very delicious and full of proteins. I learnt it from my mother, she used to prepare it on stove (lakadi ka chulha). Now a days, we are using pressure cookers and gas stove. This food is very low in Saturated fat, sodium and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber. This dish tastes very spicy and tasty. It may take 30 minutes to prepare. Let’s see the preparation of delicious curry.   Continue reading →


black-eye-pea-spoonThis is another Indian savory snack made from black eyed beans and some natural spices. Alasande kalu is a kannada word (Karnataka, India) used for black eyed beans. This is mainly prepared in southern part of India. Alasande is a very good source of proteins and dietary fiber. Normally, in rainy season, we like to have some hot and spicy snacks at the time of evening tea.You can try this recipe, this is the ideal dish for the season. You can also serve this in lunch and dinner as starter. Preparation of this dish is simple and you can prepare it with the ingredients available in your kitchen. You can, also, prepare this type of  snacks, using any type of  pulses, available in your kitchen. If you want to use, you can use onion but you should not add hing (asafoitida). Now, we will see the preparation of this hot and tasty alsande kalu vade.

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