Lobia Masala Curry / Black Eyed Beans Curry

Lobia Masala Curry (4)

This is very simple to cook, nutritious and protein packed dish goes very well with chapatti or jeera rice/ pulao. This is one curry which is always in my weekly menu.

Try this out and let me know how it turned out for you.

Preparation Time – 10 mins

Cooking Time – 20 mins

Serves – 2

Lobia Masala Curry (3)


1 cup – soaked and boiled lobia/ black eyed beans

½ cup – tomato puree

½ cup – onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoon – oil

1 bay leaf / tejpatta

1 teaspoon – cumin seeds / jeera

1 small – cinnamon / dalchini

½ teaspoon – ginger paste

½ teaspoon – garlic paste

1 – green chilli, slit

1 teaspoon – cumin powder/ jeera powder

½ teaspoon – red chilli powder (if you want spicy, I have not added)

¼ teaspoon – turmeric powder / haldi

1 teaspoon – garam masala

11/2 teaspoon – dry fenugreek / kasuri methi, crushed

Salt to taste

How to go about it –


  • Soak the lobia for 3-4 hours or you may do overnight. For me I usually do 3-4 hrs before.
  • Once the lobia is soaked boil it in pressure cooker for 4 whistles. (if u r soaking it for 3-4 hrs otherwise 2 whistles are enough)
  • Prepare tomato puree and keep aside.


  1. In a pan, heat oil and add bay leaf, cumin seeds and cinnamon and cook for half a minute.
  2. Add ginger and garlic paste and sauté for 1 minute.
  3. Add chopped onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or till the onion become translucent.
  4. Now add tomato puree and cook for 5-7 minutes till it starts leaving oil.
  5. Add cumin powder, turmeric, red chilli (I have skipped this red chilli powder) and cook for 1 minute. Mix well and add green chilli and stir to combine.
  6. Now when the masala blends well add boiled lobia/ black eyed bean and Stir.
  7. When lobia blends well with masala, than add garam masala and salt. Mix it.
  8. At the end, add crushed kasuri methi and give a gentle stir. Lobia curry is ready to serve.
  9. Serve hot lobia curry masala with chapatti or jeera rice or any flavored rice.

Lobia Masala Curry (2)


  • Soak the lobia or black eyed bean well in advance to get the soft and tender ones .At times even if it is not soaked properly add a pinch of baking soda while boiling lobia in pressure cooker.
  • Green chilli or red chilli powder can be increased or decreased depending on how spicy you want your curry to be.
  • Do not overcook the onions.
  • You can substitute lobia or black eyed bean with any other beans or legumes and follow the same recipe.

Lobia Masala Curry (1)



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