Chavali or Black eyed beans, is one of my favorite beans. I love tender beans as a stir fry and the mature seeds soaked overnight and cooked into a spicy curry with a gravy. On one such day I soaked the Chavali for the curry and decided to plant one and see how it grows. I had read somewhere it grows easily. It did and I am happy with it.
I grew Chavali in three stages
|12 Jan 2013|
Drain the soaked seeds and let them sprout in the soil
- I used a plastic tray with growing media.
- Fill up to the brim.
- Ensure there is a small hole in the bottom of the planter for draining excess water.
- Sprinkle water to moisten the soil. Do this every day.
- Cover thinly with dry leaves/ saw dust or a wet muslin cloth to protect from birds picking the sprouts.
- Ensure enough sunlight, but not direct till the bean stalk proliferates quite a bit.
- In a week I got 5 inch tall bean stalk.
- Replant into a bigger pot with growing media, a mix of soil and twigs. Fill up with planting soil up to 10 inches.
- Start supporting the bean stalk on the grill or a cage.
- It flowers into white blossoms and bears fruit in the form or green beans.
Pluck the beans once they are about 15 inches to use when tender or leave them on stalk to mature if you want to wait for the seeds.
24 Mar 2013
Cleaning for Use:
Remove the crown and destring, if you must, break into small pieces or chop up fine.
Till now I have harvested only 4-5 beans at a time so they went as sprinkles on uttapams or into a sambar.
Fresh beans harvested for the mature seeds. 11th April 2013