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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Achari Chawri

Chawri/Chawli is very popular bean/vegetable in Gujarati cuisine. I used Dry Chawri for this recipe. Dry brown Chawri looks like Moth Dal/Matki or Azuki beans, but it is bigger in size. The taste of Chowri is slightly sweet with a tinge of bitterness but once cooked, the dish tastes spicy and savory.

Achar always tastes good with rice, subji, parathas, and everything for that matter. Many restaurants sell a lot of different Achari dishes like Achari Paneer, Achari Began, Achari Pulav, Achari Potatoes etc. In restaurants, these items are made with the same spices that are used for pickles.

I am a very big fan of pickles and love the taste of Methi Mango Achar, so thought of combining both in this recipe. More or less, I used ingredients of Methi Mango Achar, like fenugreek seeds, asafetida, and red chili, but for twist, I used raw Mango (Kaccha Aam) and pickle oil. The raw mango gives it achari taste, and oil helps it to a beautiful red color. This is made with Garam Masala usually. I used paav bhaji Masala instead which enhances pickle flavor to a different level.

This is perfect with Methi Thepla/paratha and can be made with any kind of beans or lentils.


  • 1 cup Brown Chawri, dry
  • 1 Medium Tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Raw Mango, chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Paav Bhaji Masala
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dhania-Jeera Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Asafetida
  • 1 tbsp Pickle Oil
  • 1-2 Curry Leaves
  • Salt to Taste
  • Cilantro, chopped

-- For Tadka

  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chili Powder


1. Soak chawri for 5 hours.

2. Pressure cook chawri with 2 cups of water, fenugreek seed, tomato, and raw mango.

3. Add 1 cup of water in chawri. Whisk gently. Do not mash chawri.

4. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, paav bhaji masala, dhania-jeera powder, asafetida, ginger and curry leaves.

5. Bring chawri to the boil. Turn down heat and let it simmer for 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

6. After 10 minutes, Add pickle oil.

7. Heat oil with garlic for tadka. When garlic start to turn light golden, add mustard seeds. When seeds crackle, add red chili powder and immediately add tadka to chawri.

8. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

9. Serve hot with thepla, roti, paratha or with rice.



Anonymous said...


Wonderful blog, unique recipes, great photos. You are very creative :))

Vaishali said...

Madhavi, You have a very nice blog. I love the Achari Chawri recipe, and it's a great idea to use pav bhaji masala to flavor it.

srikar's kitchen said...

looks great... healthy receipe.... fantastic click.... nice entry....

Uma said...

Never heard of this. Looks delicious, Madhavi! So one more dish is added to my list of recipes. Thanks.

Siri said...

'Achari Chawri' is a new recipe for me Madhavi and Thanks for sharing such lovely recipe with all of us. With all those proteins from the beans, its indeed a healthy and nutritious dish..:)


Pooja said...

you have a wonderful blog here Madhvi . Chauli we made many different ways but this is still new to me. nice idea. those soya and tofu cutlets makes really a healthy dish :)

Is your blog listed in tastes of India?

Dhivya said...

new to me madhavi!but looks so delicious and yummm...

Dhivya said...

good luck for ur junnu making:)))be sure that u chilled ur junnu atleast for 1hour

Madhavi said...

thanxx manisha :)

Hi..Vaishali thanxx the visiting I love paav bhaji masala :))I m glad you liked it!!

Hi..Srikar, thanxx for visiting :))

Thanxx Uma, kool u liked it, i m happy :))

Thanxx Siri, i m glad you liked it. thanxx for visiting. me n my hubby loves beas, he is in love with this dish :)

Hey Pooja, thanxx for visiting. I am glad u liked it :))

Pooja, i am trying to put RSS feed since last 2 days on that website but somehow it is not working. Can u tell me how did u put your's ?

thanxx dhivya :)) I'll keep in mind your tips.

Sagari said...

nice recipe ,,have to try soon

Meera said...

Looks great. I too use chori a lot in my kitchen, but your recipe looks deliciously different. Going to try soon. Bookmarked.

Cynthia said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leading me to yours! Love your food and will definitely be back for more.

ANJALI J. said...

Achari chawri is new to me.. but it looks tempting.. will try it soon.

Home said...

This is a new dish for me.Looks delicious and your pic is great too :)

Madhavi said...

Thanxx Sagari :))

Thanxx Meera, plz do and let me know how it comes out :))

Thanxx Cynthia, for visiting. I m glad u liked it:))

Thanxx Anjali, for visiting. plz try it out and let me know how it comes out :))

Thanxx Home. For pics all credit goes to my hubby dear :))

Annu said...

Your blog is so nice with lots of recipes.........keep it up:-)

Kalai said...

Have never heard of this before, but it sounds wonderful!

meeso said...

Thanks for visiting my blog...this dish looks wonderful though I have never tasted it :)

A-kay said...

Is this available in the desi stores in US? Sounds very interesting - would love to make this.

Madhavi said...

Thanxx Annu, i am glad u liked it :))

Thanxx Kalai :))

Thanxx Messo, m happy u liked it :))

A-Kay, thanxx for visiting my blog. Ya chawri is available in indian stores. plz try and let me know how it comes out :))

Arundathi said...

Nice blog - glad you dropped by so I could discover your blog! Lovely recipes. Never had Chawri - sounds good - thanks for sharing!

Madhavi said...

Thanxx Arundhati, i am glad u liked it:)))

Smita said...

word achari ..makes my mouth water. nice way to cook chawri... first time on your space... nice blog!

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