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Black Eyed Pea Curry (Lobia Masala)

Yields3 ServingsPrep Time1 hrCook Time20 minsTotal Time1 hr 20 mins

Black eyed peas curry (lobia masala)

 1 cup Dried Black Eyed Peas , soaked in water for about 1-2 hours
 2 cups Water
 1 tbsp Cooking Oil
 ½ tsp Cumin Seeds
 ¼ tsp Mustard Seeds (optional)
 ½ tsp Finely Chopped Garlic
 ½ cup Finely Chopped Onion
 1 tsp Finely Chopped Green Chili
 1 cup Fresh Tomato Puree or use canned tomatoes
 1 tsp Coriander Powder
 ¼ tsp Turmeric
 1 tsp Red Chili Powder or as per your taste
 ½ tsp Garam Masala
 Salt to taste
 Fresh Finely Chopped Cilantro
 Lemon Juice

For preparing the black-eyed beans or lobia, soak them in enough water for 1-2 hours or overnight. Drain when ready to cook the curry.


Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add mustard and cumin seeds and allow them to crackle.


Add the onion and sauté it till it turns golden.


Add the green chilies, garlic. Sauté till the raw smell goes away.


Add the tomato puree and cook until the oil begins to separate.


Add the spices; turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, and garam masala. Mix well and sauté for a few seconds.


Add the black-eyed peas or lobia and cook it well along with the spices for 6-7 minutes.


Add 2 cups of water and salt. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles or till the black-eyed beans is done.


When the pressure gets released, open the cooker. Garnish with some cilantro/coriander and squeeze lemon juice on top.


Serve hot with white rice, chapatti, naan, or flatbread Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 3

Amount Per Serving
Calories 131
% Daily Value *
Sodium 75mg4%
Potassium 485mg14%
Total Carbohydrate 24g8%

Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Protein 8g16%

Calcium 5.6%
Iron 18.6%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.