July 30, 2013

Cowpeas Curry / Black Eyed peas Curry / Lobia Curry





           When I read the way Aparna described about My Legume Love Affair and the reason she is in for the event, I was smiling because I'm also in her shoes. I started getting into more and more blog events and trying to cook accordingly to tackle the completion dates and one day I realized that I am using my passion to compete instead of doing what I really wanted to do.




Just like her, I now take part only in a few events that I feel I can put my best without losing the fun of blogging. So joining you Aparna with this Cowpeas curry recipe for the first time in "My Legume Love Affair".






Ingredients:
To Saute and Grind:
Onion - 2 heaped cups (2 large onions Roughly chopped)
Tomato - 1 heaped cup (1 medium tomato)
Green chilli - 4 no's (your little finger sized)
Garlic - 5 big pods
Oil - 1 teaspoon

To Temper:
Oil - 2 tablespoon
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Fennel seeds - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 5 to 6 leaves
Dry Red chilli - 2 no's

For Curry:
Cow peas / Black eyed peas - 1-1/2 cups (This is dry peas measurement)
Chilli powder - 1-1/2 teaspoons
Coriander powder - 3-1/2 teaspoons
Salt - as needed
Water - 2-1/4 cups (Includes for cooking curry only)


Method:
  • Soak the cow peas in a bowl of water above 2 inches of the level of cow peas for 6 hours. After 6 hours they look bulged and raised up. You will get about 3-1/2 heaped cups of Cow peas after soaking.


  • In a kadai, add a teaspoon of Oil with Onions, Green chilli, Garlic, Salt and saute until the onions are transparent. Add Tomatoes now and saute until they are soft, switch off the stove and let it cool down. Grind the mixture to fine paste.


  • Heat a pressure cooker, add oil and temper the ingredients under "To Temper" column. Add the ground paste with Chilli, Coriander powders and required salt. Saute until it bubbles. Add Soaked Cow peas with water. Check for salt and pressure cook up to 4 to 5 whistles(I ran it for 5 whistles).



  • Mix well and curry is ready to serve.



My Notes:
  • Soaking Cow peas overnight is also acceptable, if so remember you will need to run only less number of whistles.
  • We can pressure cook Cow peas separately and add that to the cooked paste with powders and give a boil too but pressure cooking along with masala makes the curry more smooth and tasty.
  • Grated coconut can also be added while sauteing onions and tomatoes and then grind to paste or after pressure cooking add some coconut milk and switch off by not letting the cooked curry to boil. 




Happy to Send this Recipe to :

The 61st Edition of My Legume Love Affair (MLLA)
Hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen



72 comments:

  1. Nice one, i have never made this, will definitely try this one :)
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    1. Thank you raaz...would love to hear after your try

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  2. I can't wait to try this recipe!

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    1. Thank you jeanette...would love to hear after your try

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  3. very delicious and yummy curry dear .. they are too very tempting me :) love this with hot chappathi's :) amazing clicks.. love all the clicks divya :)

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  4. Hi Divya, loved to read your version of lobhia which is made so often in indian homes each with a little twist depending on the region and taste preferences. I loved the idea of adding coconut and coconut milk to the dish. It will definitely add a great flavour to it.

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  5. delicious curry and love the clicks totally

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  6. Lovely looking curry of cow peas.Th bw pic looks so beautiful.

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  7. looking delicious..would love to try it once..

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  8. A rich n protein-packed curry!!! Loved the simplicity of this dish too... I would probably add a tbsp of fresh cream or thick yogurt to enrich the flavors :)

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    1. Yogurt or cream is a good idea...will try next time...thank you shruti

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  9. Lovely dish though I have never made it before. Surely am keeping aside because we adore the black eyed peas, what more prepared in a lovely thick gravy.

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  10. That will make a wonderful side dish for chapathis Divya. Lovely snaps.

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  11. This is one of my fav peas.. Just pressure cook with some salt & temper it & give me, I can munch on them.. I too make this curry but without grinding the onions & tomatoes.. The version does vary in each home right !! Will try this way too for sure now :)
    And truly said Divya, sometimes we compromise our passion for deadlines & events.. Happy blogging always my dear friend :)

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  12. one of my favorite legumes is lobia... i could scoop out all from the curry and dump it in! actually speaking, i have the next up for the same, but a curry more for rice than for chappathi!!! this looks yum... bookmarking it to try for sometime...

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  13. Who will not like this dish? Well I will I am sure :) perfectly done:)

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  14. Very very healthy and lovely curry Divya, perfect side dish for rotis and chapathis... awesome clicks Divya... super kalakkureenga...

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  15. very rich and creamy curry..

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  16. looks absolutely delicious ! wonderful click :)

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  17. Delicious and mouthwatering to look at curry.
    Deepa

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  18. I love black eye pea curry... My husband is against it but still I make it once in a while... I make it in a little different way..urs look creamy and delicious

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  19. healthy and delicious curry, perfect with rotis...will try it sometime soon!

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  20. I too make a similar one with cow peas. Looks delicious.

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  21. Delicious cowpea curry Divya, Yes you are right, deadline for the event sometime take off our main passion.

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  22. i also cooks dis often..best combo 4 rotis..nicely done..

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  23. My kind of curry, just need some rotis or rice to enjoy with.

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  24. love this curry...super delicious...aweseome

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  25. The cowpea curry you were talking about. :)
    Thanks for participating in this edition of MLLA.

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  26. such a comforting pea curry...can have it anytime with some rotis or just as such :-)

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  27. Fabulous, healthy and inviting dish Divya :-)

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  28. Tried the same recipe. I added more water as I like lot of sauce for rice. Excellent taste but my color texture was yellowish orange and not the red. Will try it again Thanks for the great recipe with useful pics!

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    1. So nice of you to try and respond about the recipe, glad you liked it. Thank you

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  29. Great recipe with step by step pics. I tried and it came awesome.

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