Black-Eyed Peas Curry / Lobiya Masala / Chawalie Masala

"Eating Black-Eyed Peas on New Year's Day is thought to bring prosperity", I recently came to know this through Wikipedia. My Mom's Black-Eyed peas curry is always very spicy and terrific. According to her, the other bean curries can be made more tastier by using the specific spices/masalas specially made for those curries, but Black-Eyed peas curry is made with the spices used in our daily diet. So, the most important step in making this curry is to cook the spices in a very well manner to get the terrific taste.


  • 1 (16-ounce) package dried black-eyed peas, washed, soaked overnight with 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 5-6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small Onion, sliced
  • 2 large Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala powder
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt, accoring to taste
  • Fresh Cilantro leaves for garnish

  1. Black Beans do not require pre-cooking. But since i will not be using pressure cooker for making this recipe, so i'll pre-cook beans in microwave.
  2. To cook beans in your microwave, place drained, soaked beans in a container with 6-8 cups of fresh hot water, cover and cook at full power for 8-10 minutes or until boiling. Reduce power 50% and cook another 15-20 minutes or until beans are tender. Drain and reserve water for curry.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep, thick-bottomed pan on a medium flame.
  4. Add the cumin seeds and allow them to cook for a minute or so.
  5. Add garlic and saute 1 minute.
  6. Add finely chopped onions and fry until the onions become slightly translucent.
  7. Now add the sliced onions and fry for another 1-2 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl add coriander powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and ginger paste along with 2-3 tsp water and mix well.
  9. Add the above paste to the pan and let this cook for atleast 5-7 minutes or until the mixture starts leaving oil, stirring occasionally.
  10. Add tomatoes. Cover and cook this mixture for 8-10 minutes till everything gets mushed up.
  11. Now add beans, salt and required amount of water according to the desired gravy thickness.
  12. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  13. Use a masher to mash some of the beans coarsely. Mix well.
  14. Add garam-masala just before taking off the flame.
  15. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.
  16. Serve hot with rice, roti or any Indian bread.

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  2. delicious and so perfect!!! very comforting!! Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

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  3. delicious twist of the humble sabji... the spices makes it more tasty and flavourful. thankyou for shearing this information with us!online food delivery


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