Black Eyed Beans (Lobia)

August 19th, 2011 filed under Dal (Lentils), Gluten Free, Vegan
YouTube Preview Image

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.


  • 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


  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.


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

If you enjoyed the recipe for Black Eyed Beans (Lobia), here are more great recipes you should try from Manjula's Kitchen.

33 Responses to “Black Eyed Beans (Lobia)”

  1. Jakub Ryška says:

    The recipe doesn’t mention the green chilli in non-garnish ingredients. Can you, please, update it?

  2. beverley says:

    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

  3. piya says:

    can we not fry the tomato alaong with masla rather than adding it at the last? will this differ in taste.

  4. frumgirl says:

    Manjulaji–how many chilies are in the paste?

  5. Rony says:

    This is quite a simple recipe for black eyed peas and quite tasty too.
    Thank you

  6. Deepika says:

    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!

  7. [...] and am blown away by the many creative ways she employs beans and pulses. This recipe is based on one from her blog. I made a few adaptations. We loved [...]

Add Comment

* Denotes Required Field

Name *

E-Mail *


Comments *