Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lobia | Black-eyed Beans Curry..Creamy but Low fat!!

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I never tasted this before marriage as we were not familiar with this recipe though it is made in South Indian way at home in the form of sundal,fritters and kurma.Before marriage my knowledge was limited to only few varieties of North Indian dishes and I used to make them occasionally in a rich manner.Those were the days I had never thought of calories and all those stuff and I used to make the North Indian gravies very rich as I used to prepare them once in a while.Only after marriage I realized low cal cooking is necessary on a daily basis and hence reduced my oil intake to a large extent.Hubby,having the very strong roots of Delhi always prefer North Indian dishes and he is also fond of rajma, lobia, chole and all those kind of pulses and beans.One of my friends taught me this recipe after my marriage and I can say that I developed liking to these kind of dishes like rajma,lobia only after marriage and now it is very common made at my place at least once a week.

Coming to the recipe,the preparation of this recipe is very much similar to my earlier Rajma recipe,just that the rajma beans are replaced by Lobia.As this is cooked on low flame for longer duration the texture of the gravy and beans turns very creamy and also the beans turn extremely soft with melt in mouth texture.If you want to make it rich you can go ahead with cream otherwise for a daily meal I suggest you to go with the addition of milk instead of cream.If you have not tried Lobia in North Indian style,do give a try for sure as it is really really tasty.
I have also mentioned two ways of making it,one is the traditional way and the other one is direct pressure cooking method which is way easier and apt when pressed for time.Personally I prefer the direct pressure cooking method as it helps the beans in absorbing all the flavors and masalas into it and also gives a nice creamy texture to the dish.

Ingredients:
1 cup Lobia/black eyed beans/alasandulu
2 medium onions,finely chopped or grated onion
3 medium tomatoes,ground to a puree
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic paste
1 tsp Garam masala
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
3/4 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp amchur powder
2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
3 tbsp cream or 1/2 cup milk
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt to taste

for tadka:
1/2 " cinnamon
1 bay leaf
1 green chilli
1 pinch hing
2 tsp oil
Method:
  1. Soak Lobia overnight in water with some salt .Add a pinch of garam masala to it and pressure cook on high for 2 whistles and simmer it and cook for 25-30 mins.
  2. In a pan,take oil add cinnamon stick,bay leaf,green chilli and fry,add hing and pinch of garam masala powder and fry a bit.
  3. Add finely chopped or grated onions and fry until its soft,now add ginger-garlic paste and fry until the raw smell goes away.
  4. Add ground tomato and fry it well.Add all the dry masalas and fry until the masalas leaves the oil at the edges.
  5. Add salt,cooked lobhia and mix everything and cover it and cook on a low flame for 8-10 mins.
  6. Add milk or cream and cook for a minute and switch off the flame.Do not cook for more time after you add cream/milk to it,otherwise it will curdle.
  7. Add coriander leaves and lemon juice and give a stir.
Serve it hot with roti/chapathi/paratha/jeera rice/peas pulav.

Direct Pressure Cooking easy method:
  1. Soak Lobia overnight and wash well a couple of times.
  2. In a small pressure cooker heat oil and add cinnamon stick,bay leaf,green chilli and fry,add hing and pinch of garam masala powder and fry a bit.
  3. Add finely chopped or grated onions and fry until its soft,now add ginger-garlic paste and fry until the raw smell goes away.
  4. Add ground tomato and fry it well.Add all the dry masalas and fry until the masalas leaves the oil at the edges.
  5. Add salt,cooked lobhia and mix everything and cover it with lid and pressure cook for 2 whistles and simmer it and cook on a low flame for 25-30 mins.
  6. After the pressure drops add milk or cream and reheat it for a minute over a low flame and switch off immediately.Do not cook for more time after you add cream/milk to it,otherwise it will curdle.
  7. Add coriander leaves and lemon juice and give a stir.
Serve it hot with roti/chapathi/paratha/jeera rice/peas pulav.

49 comments:

Vimitha Anand said...

Perfect yummy side dish for chapathis... Looks great

Shobha said...

Yummmmmy !

Swathi said...

Lobia curry looks delicious, nice to have them with chapathi.

Sobha Shyam said...

absolutely delicious curry, its a healthy version, nice recipe..

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sonu said...

delicious curry ..yummm

Sudha Sabarish said...

Wow its really a yummy side dish

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Nice curry recipe prathy...never tried this way always make kuzhambu,love the way u kept roti in the BG

Radhika said...

Hi Prathy, The prob reg comments is solved it seems. Is this the photo shoot that you were complaining gave back ache. OMG. This looks so delicious Gal. worth the effort and the ache Na.


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Sum said...

Nice creamy side dish...

Hari Chandana said...

Woww. Nice and delicious recipe.. Beautiful presentation !!
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Khaugiri said...

lovely prathy...must try....

Tes said...

Wow the stew looks really creamy and perfect :)

Priti said...

Looks delicious and lovely pics dear ..I do something very same.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Nice creamy curry, luv this version. And nice setup and beautiful pics

Pushpa said...

Yummy and flavorful black eyed peas curry.

Kaveri said...

That's a perfect partner for rotis....the curry looks yummmm!

SANDHYA KHATTRI said...

Nice, creamy curry. Thanks for sharing. Please visit my blog

Chandrani Banerjee said...

Very creamy and thicky curry...

Prathima Rao said...

Totally delicious, healthy, creamy curry!!!
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Shuchi said...

Great recipes !! all the best !

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I always make lobia gravy in pressure cooker as it's fast and i feel the masala blends well in pressure cooker. Curry looks awesome, no need to add cream here. Beautiful photos

Deepa
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Prathibha said...

@ Radhika..I m glad that the problem got solved...This was not the photo session I was complaining it will also make its appearance soon in my blog..:)

Ramya said...

Delicious side dish for Rotis:-)

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks perfect, lovely clicks.

jeyashrisuresh said...

Delicious and mouthwatering curry and as radika said, if this photo shoot gave u much pain , then it is worth it.Awesome and bright clicks

notyet100 said...

Ur pics are so good I feel like eating right now :)

Nisha said...

we love lobia too

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Fab dish.. my mom often makes tamarind kuzhambhu with this .. yumm curry..

DEESHA said...

Actually even I dont cook much with lobia . I. Mostly use it in huli along with some soppu or brinjal. This looks very good

aipi said...

A fav in our household! Love it :)
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thekitchenaffaire said...

Wow.. this is another one of my favorite curries for chappathi :D

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow delicious curry dear,loved the presentation...luks gr8!

Pinky said...

The Pics are very nice prathiba, and the curry must hv tasted yummy..even i prepare in a similar manner but sans milk, will try adding milk/cream next time.

Rinku Naveen said...

Looks superb..Very different side dish..

Sanctified Spaces said...

Beutifully composed shot.Great side dish for chapathis

SouthIndianHome said...

Looks delicious and perfect.Amazing clicks as usual

DD said...

wow this look awesome dear!

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Torviewtoronto said...

healthy delicious curry to have with roti

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Love black eye peas any time.. pictures are too good..
Reg your question on pressed barley, you can find it in any asian supermarkets.

Nisa Homey said...

Hi ...you have a wonderful space...enjoyed being here....the lobia curry looks so tempting...perfect with rot....following you.

Preeti Kashyap said...

I love lobia.... and this is one great recipe

LG said...

I have not made anything beyond alasande kaalu huli. I must try this out soon. Kharabath looks tempting kanri. Hasive agtha ide nodi :D

jeyashrisuresh said...

prathiba i am alreay eyeing onur dates cake, expect that soon in my blog.

chitraj.hegde said...

O My goodness.....the curry is simply looking gr8....mouth watering..and I loke ur clicks.....good one..

Treat and Trick said...

Tempting clicks and absolutely yummy!

Mehjabeen Arif said...

love ur pictures prathiba.. just the perfect side for rotis..

Cooking Foodie said...

Have been eyeing this dish for days now... will be making it soon....

Sush said...

This dish turned out very tasty and flavourful. I used 1 tsp of chilli powder instead of 1 tbsp as mentioned in the recipe. It was still a little on the khara side.

Prathibha said...

Hi sush,
I used a mild red chili powder in d recipe..and hence updated the recipe so that it is suitable for every one..Thanks for letting me know..

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