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Black Eyed Beans (Lobia)

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Black Eyed Bean is also known as lobia or chawalie. This is a basic recipe, easy and nutritious recipe to make, very delicious and protein rich.

Recipe will serve 3 t0 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup black eye beans (lobia,chawalie)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • Pinch of asafetida
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1 tablespoon shredded ginger (adrak)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 chopped tomato

For Garnish

  • 2 red green chili
  • 2 wedges of lemon

Method

  1. Wash and soak beans for one hour or more.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the ginger, green chili, coriander powder, turmeric, and 3 tablespoons of water to make a paste.
  3. Heat the oil in pressure cooker on medium heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if seed cracks right away oil is ready.
  4. Add the cumin seeds as they crack add asafetida, add the spice paste and stir for a minute until spices start leaving the oil.
  5. Add Black Eyed Beans, salt and water close the pressure cooker as pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for 6-7 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker. Black-eyed beans should be soft and tender.
  7. Add mango powder, garam masala, and tomatoes cover the cooker for few minutes. That will give tomatoes chance to get semi cooked with steam.
  8. Black Eyed Beans are ready to serve you can garnish this with wedge of lemon.

Tips

Making a paste with the spices will prevent the spices from burning.


33 thoughts on “Black Eyed Beans (Lobia)

  1. If I don’t have a pressure cooker how do you suggest I coook this recipe and how long will it take?
    many thanks, b

  2. I loved this simple recipe. I’ve made it twice in a matter of one month. The second time, I tweaked it a little. I added some onions and garlic, it turned out fabulous.
    Thank you Aunty for all the wonderful recipes. I love them all. I’m planning a Chaat party next month and I’m planning to try out the samosas. I also want to make my own puris for pani puri. Can’t wait to try them!

  3. Oh!!! A tasty recipe. Earlier i had tried lot of other recipes bcoz lobia is my favourite but this was the best. Thanks Manjula.

  4. This is such a delicious recipe! I added chopped carrots to the pressure cooker for extra punch and it turned out fantastic. Thank you for your recipes!

  5. Hello Aunty,
    I loved this recipe. We make it very often but with onions and tomatoes in it. My mom use to make paratha of lobia. Once it is boiled, take it out and add dry spices like salt, red chilli, garam masala and mango powder. Mash it an dthen stuff in parathas like any other stuffed paratha. This use to taste so good during winter in India. Miss those days. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

  6. Delicious! I just made these and was skeptical they would be flavoursome enough but they are lovely. Such a cheap, healthy and tasty dish!

  7. Hi Aunty – I do not have a pressure cooker and would like to make this dish. Would a regular cast iron pot work instead of teh pressure cook? if yes, how much longer does the beans need to cook? Please advise when you have a moment. Thank you.

  8. Hello Aunty,

    I tried today this recipe. it was very tasty. thank u so much for teaching such simple and yummy dishs….
    love
    juhi

  9. Hi Manjula aunty,
    i tried the lobia for lunch today. it was sooooo super fantastic. i used to think lobia cant be made without the onion garlic tadka. but today’s lunch was made special by ur recipe. thanks.

  10. Hi Manjula,
    your recipe look lovely asusual. i see you are using smart plus cooker can i kno which one it is please?
    thanks

  11. Thank you! I love the tip of making a spice paste, that will be so useful for me.
    Going to have this for lunch tomorrow!

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