Making weekday meals can be a task sometimes, as after a point you run out of ideas about what to cook on a daily basis that is healthy and delicious at the same time. Eating vegetables everyday can get boring, and that’s when we like to switch our basic vegetable stews and curries with beans and peas. One such recipe, which yet again makes a perfect comfort meal, is Masala Lobia or Black eyed peas curry. It is packed with protein, high in several other necessary nutrients, very easy to make and is just so delicious. It is the kind of soul food which speaks to you and is perfect to indulge in your everyday meals.
Cooked with a very basic Indian curry with an onion-tomato base, this Masala Lobia makes a hearty bowl of steaming goodness. It is the kind of comfort food one can never get tired of. I am a huge fan of black eyed peas curry. It is super healthy and the curry tastes so good with a side of steamed rice. Pair it with some raw onions, a quick salad and a generous drizzle of lemon juice, and you have yourself a comfort meal that will leave you feeling full, satisfied and content for hours. There is no way one can go wrong with such simple meals. Indian food is so soulful and amazing as most of it is naturally vegan and nothing is processed.
This is a simple curry where cooked Lobia is flavoured in an onion-tomato masala. Let us discuss the one key ingredient of this recipe, i.e. Lobia or Black Eyed Peas:
As the name suggests, Lobia is the star ingredient of this curry. Lobia or black eyed beans is one of the most nutritional dried beans which can be included in our diet. It has no fat and is low in calories making it a perfect food to be included for diabetics and heart patients. Lobia as such does not have any taste of its own; hence it is easy to cook it with various spices to make it flavourful.
As these are a form of dried beans, they are to be soaked 6-8 before cooking. This will reduce its cooking time and ensure it cooks perfectly. Lobia is also better than other variety of dried beans or grams because it is far easier to cook it than bigger beans or grams like Rajma or Chickpea. It is smaller, hence requires lesser time to soak and can be put together in almost as long as it takes to make a traditional dal.
Lobia has a soft and mushy texture which goes really well with the tangy and spicy tomato curry; however, make sure not to overcook it otherwise you will be left with a lumpy mushy mess that no one likes.
Here’s the recipe:
Prep time – 20 minutes
Cook time – 35-40 minutes
- 100 g Lobia (black eyed peas) – soaked overnight
- 500 ml water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp mustard oil
- 2 dried red chilli
- 180 g onion paste – around 2 onions
- 2 green chillies – chopped
- 12 g ginger paste
- 8 g garlic paste
- 250 g fresh tomato puree
- Salt to taste
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp black pepper powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- In a pressure cooker, add 500 ml of water.
- To the water, add soaked Lobia or black eyed peas.
- Add in a cinnamon stick and season with some salt.
- Pressure cook for 6 whistles.
- Meanwhile, let’s make the curry base.
- Heat some mustard oil in a pan.
- When it gets hot (smoking), add two dry red chillies and stir fry for a few seconds.
- Add in the onion paste and stir continuously to combine with the mustard oil.
- Add two chopped green chillies to the onion paste and continue stirring.
- Now, throw in the ginger and the garlic paste and mix well to combine with the onion paste.
- Stir and cook till the raw aroma fades away.
- Pour the fresh tomato puree and mix well till combined.
- After cooking the tomatoes for a few minutes, start adding the dry spices and seasoning – salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder.
- Mix everything well and cook till the oil starts separating from the onion and tomato mixture and it starts leaving the pan.
- Now is the time to add in the cooked Lobia and mix well.
- Let it come to a boil.
- Finish of with some garam masala and a good mix.
Take a break from your regular vegetables and give this healthy, vegetarian and naturally vegan delight a try. Despite how you choose to have it – with rice or roti or as is as a bean soup, you will absolutely love it.