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