May 02, 2013

Pudinewalla Masaledar Lobia / Minty Black Eyed Bean Gravy

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Lobia (Hindi),Chawli(Marathi),Karamani(Tamil) is widely used in North Indian as well as South Indian cuisine. South Indian cuisine makes use of lobia in Sambar,Erissery,Sundal,Nombu KaaraAdai and any form of kootu.Whilst,North Indian cuisine uses lobia in preparation of dals,gravy which are served as an accompaniment to rotis,naans,rice and any kind of Indian Flat bread.

An absolute co incidence to what I prepared for lunch and the event announcement of MLLA hosted by Sizzling Tastebuds with Legumes as the star ingredient. The very next thought was What best can fit into this theme and here I am linking the recipe to Susan, the creator of this wonderful event and to Lisa who is currently managing MLLA.

Today's recipe is lobia served in a gravy with a flavor of tomatoes,mint and ginger.I paired it with hot Missi Rotis and Curd .You can serve with normal rotis or even with steaming jeera rice,pulao or regular rice.

Preparation Time : 8 hrs
Cooking Time : 25 mins
Serves : 3-4

Pudinewalla Masaledar Lobia


1 cup chawli/lobia/Black eyed peas
2-3 tomatoes - pureed
1 medium sized onion chopped
3/4 cup pudina / mint leaves
2-3 green chillies
ginger small piece
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp oil
pinch of turmeric
salt to taste


  • Wash and soak the lobia for about 6-7 hours or overnight.
  • Grind the mint/pudina,green chillies and ginger into a fine paste.
  • Pressure cook with a little salt until soft and well cooked.
  • In a skillet/kadai,heat a little oil and crackle the cumin seeds.
  • Saute the onions with turmeric until light pink.
  • Add the tomato puree,salt and cook until the gravy is well cooked and oil starts to separate.
  • Mix the cooked lobia/black eyed beans with 1 cup of water and cook for 6-7 mins.
  • Lastly add the mint,ginger paste and mix well ,simmer and cook for about a min or 2.
  • Garnish with corriander leaves and serve with hot rotis or rice.
Serving Suggestions : A teaspoon of lime juice can be added just before serving for the extra flavor

 Linking it to My Legume Love Affair (MLLA ) #59


  1. Looks great! I came across your blog from the MLLA announcement page and will definitely try this one out as I have some lobhia sitting at home!

  2. Hey- I tried making this for dinner tonight. Very good! I used a little less mint but it was very good overall.

  3. Hi Medha..pleased to know that you liked this delicacy.. hope your family enjoyed too ! Do try the other recipes and give me your feedback.Keeps me going !


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