Punjabi-Style Lobia Recipe | Black Eyed Beans Curry Recipe | How to make Black Eyed Peas Curry

Punjabi-Style Lobia Recipe | Black Eyed Beans CurryRecipe | How to make Black Eyed Peas Curry

Black eyed beans, also known as cow peas are a very tasty variety of beans. Also called as lobia or chawli in Hindi, it has its own characteristic flavor that becomes even better when you make Indian-style curry with it using the typical Indian spices. This black eyed peas recipe is a crowd pleaser. It might be a humble dish, but incredibly flavorful. Take my word when I say that this is the best lobia curry ever! You can make this Punjabi style lobia curry when you have your vegetarian friends over for lunch and they would love it. Those who are calorie conscious can have this chawli ki sabji with whole wheat rotis or jowar/bajra rotis. Personally, I feel that it tastes best with plain white rice.

My secret to a delicious black eyed beans curry

Now there is a tiny trick in making this black eyed beans recipe curry so delicious. I have used Homemade Chole Masala that is used to make chickpeas. It gives such an amazing taste and aroma to the lobia masala that is beyond compare! The lobia gravy has such a wonderful fullness from the crushed beans. Whenever you make any kind of beans curry, crush some boiled beans and add them back to the curry and let it simmer. The gravy will thicken slightly and have a nice consistency and texture.

You can check out the recipes for Homemade Chole Masala and Punjabi Chole by clicking on the links down below.

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How to Make Punjabi-Style Lobia Curry

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Punjabi-Style Lobia Recipe | Black Eyed Beans CurryRecipe | How to make Black Eyed Peas Curry
 
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A nutritious black-eyed peas curry made with onion, tomatoes, and Indian spices.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Black-eyed peas – 1 cup, soaked overnight
  • Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Tomato - 1 medium, finely chopped
  • Green chilies – 3, chopped
  • Garlic – 8 cloves, finely crushed
  • Ginger – ½ inch piece, finely crushed
  • Cumin seeds – ¾ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Chole Masala – 1 tbsp (Recipe here)
  • Garam Masala – ⅓ tsp
  • Kasoori Methi – 1 tsp, roasted and crushed
  • Salt – to taste
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp, finely chopped
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Water – 1 and ½ cup
Instructions
  1. Prep the ingredients.
  2. For preparing the black-eyed beans or lobia, wash them, rinse them and soak them in enough water overnight. Drain the lobia when ready to cook the lobia curry.
  3. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds and allow them to crackle.
  4. Add the onion and sauté it till it turns golden.
  5. Add the green chilies, garlic, and ginger. Sauté till the raw smell goes away.
  6. Add the tomato and cook till it turns soft and the oil begins to separate.
  7. Add the spices; turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, chole masala, and garam masala. Mix well and sauté for a few seconds.
  8. Add the black-eyed peas or lobia and cook it well along with the spices for 6-7 minutes. Sprinkle some water when the mixture gets dry.
  9. The oil separates again.
  10. Add water and salt. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles till the black-eyed beans are done.
  11. When the pressure gets released, open the cooker. Take 3-4 tbsp of beans in a bowl and mash them. It will thicken the curry.
  12. Add the mashed beans back to the cooker along with kasoori methi. Bring the curry to a boil and let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
  13. Finish the lobia curry by adding chopped coriander leaves.
  14. Lobia curry is ready. Serve hot with white rice and a lemon wedge. Enjoy!

 

Black Eyed Beans Curry | Lobia Recipe with Step by Step Pictures Below


step 1

Prepare the ingredients for the recipe

ingredients for black eyed peas 1

ingredients for black eyed peas curry 2


step 2

Wash, rinse and soak 1 cup black-eyed beans or lobia, in enough water overnight. Drain the lobia when ready to cook the lobia curry.

rinsed black eyed peas soaked in water overnight


step 3

Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add 3/4 tsp cumin seeds and allow them to crackle.

add cumin seeds to hot oil and let them crackle


step 4

Add finely chopped 1 medium onion and sauté them till it turns golden.

saute the chopped onion


step 5

Add 3 chopped green chilies, 8 cloves of finely crushed garlic, and 1/2 inch of finely crushed ginger. Sauté till the raw smell goes away.

adding green chilies and finely chopped ginger and garlic.


step 6

Add finely chopped 1 medium tomato and cook till it turns soft and the oil begins to separate.

cook finely chopped tomato till oil starts separating


step 7

Add the spices; 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tbsp chole masala, and 1/3 tsp garam masala. Mix well and sauté for a few seconds.

adding in spices


step 8

Add the soaked black-eyed peas or lobia and cook it well along with the spices for 6-7 minutes. Sprinkle some water when the mixture gets dry.

adding the black eyed peas


step 9

cook till the oil separates again.

cook till the oil separates


step 10

Add 1 and 1/2 cup water and salt to taste. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles till the black-eyed beans are done.

add water and pressure cook


step 11

When the pressure gets released, open the cooker. Take out 3-4 tbsp of beans in a bowl and mash them. It will thicken the curry.

take out some cooked black eyed peas out of the cooker and mash them in a bowl


step 12

Add the mashed beans back to the cooker along with 1 tsp kasoori methi. Bring the curry to a boil and let it simmer for a couple of minutes.adding back mashed black eyed peas along with roasted kasoori methi


step 13

complete the lobia curry recipe by adding 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.

add chopped coriander


step 14

Lobia curry is ready. Serve hot with white rice and a lemon wedge. Enjoy!

black eyed peas curry or Lobia recipe complete

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Anamika Agarwal
    July 8, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    lobiya looks really gud..chole masala pwdr s a nice new addition

    • Reply
      Monica
      July 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Glad you like the recipe, Anamika. Yes, Chole masala tastes really good for lobia..do try it.

      • Reply
        Anamika Agarwal
        August 10, 2017 at 8:17 pm

        Hi Monica.. I finally tried your lobia recipe and guess what? My family loved it! Rice n your lobia curry is a fantastic combo..thanks a ton ..

        • Reply
          Monica
          August 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm

          That’s great. Isn’t it best feeling in the world when your family loves what you cook? Happy cooking. 🙂

  • Reply
    Vaibhavi Narayan
    August 15, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    lobia gravy has nice, bright colour..tasty

  • Reply
    Nupur Pradhan
    August 29, 2017 at 9:54 am

    i am surprised how you were able to create such a perfect and delicious recipe out of so simple ingredients… thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply
    Shilpi Mehrotra
    September 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    lobia looks superb..nice ide of adding chhole masala..yummmy

  • Reply
    Nisha Nayar
    September 15, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    very nice recipe..quick and easy..

  • Reply
    Khushboo Malhotra
    September 20, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Chole masala did wonders in lobia… thanks for sharing such a simple recipe… my family loved it..

    • Reply
      Monica
      September 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you, Khushboo for trying the recipe. I am so glad you and your family loved it. 🙂

  • Reply
    sonal khushwaha
    October 3, 2017 at 11:31 am

    is this recipe spicy?

    • Reply
      Monica
      October 4, 2017 at 5:31 am

      Not at all.. Quite mild. You can adjust the amount of chilies and chhole masala as per your liking.

  • Reply
    Meera Dhakras
    January 3, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Very nice, adding chukle masala gives the test the test.

    • Reply
      Monica
      January 4, 2018 at 4:15 am

      Thank you Meera. 🙂

  • Reply
    Sudhir P
    February 20, 2018 at 6:27 am

    nice. step by step pics very gud

    • Reply
      Monica
      February 20, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you Sudhir.

  • Reply
    Tina Clark
    February 26, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Delicious ! Made this today & thought I would thank you for it.

  • Reply
    Ravi
    March 24, 2018 at 5:34 am

    What is the quantity of Black-eyed peas taken ?

    • Reply
      Monica
      March 24, 2018 at 7:42 am

      Hello Ravi. That’s 1 cup of black eyed peas before soaking. After soaking it puffs up a little, so always measure it before soaking.

  • Reply
    shehnaaz anwar
    May 23, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    who knew chole masala could do wonders to lobia curry? i tried and i loved it.. i recommend your website to my friend, she is new to cooking. she loved it too.thanks for simplifying the recipes so much. 🙂

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