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Black eyed peas curry or Lobia masala, is a popular dish from North India. Black eyed peas are simmered in an onion, tomato base sauce and some aromatic Indian spices. It is highly nutritious, delicious, an excellent protein rich diet for vegetarians. Enjoy this black eyed peas curry over steamed white rice or some naan. This recipe is VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE

 

Black Eyed Peas Curry / Lobia Masala - Instant Pot, Stove Top

 

WHAT IS LOBIA (BLACK EYED PEAS)

Lobia, or black eyed peas, is a legume, commonly grown around the world. In India, it is also referred to as Chauri, Chawli or Raungi. Growing up in India, I remember we used to have lobia masala almost once a month. Rajma masala, chole, and lobia masala, use to be on rotation in our family.

We all enjoyed this simple, yet nutritious preparation of curry, rich in protein and fiber. I remember, sometimes my mom used to also add some greens to make it more healthy and delicious. I love lobia masala with steamed white rice and some roti on the side.

WHAT IS LOBIA MASALA (BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY)

Lobia masala, also known as black eyed peas curry, is a popular dish from northern state of Punjab, India. Typically, lobia is soaked overnight, boiled, and simmered in onion, tomato based sauce, along with some aromatic Indian spices, until all the flavors are incorporated well into the curry. The preparation of lobia masala is quite similar to Rajma masala (kidney beans curry). However, lobia cooks faster than rajma, and hence makes it an ideal candidate for busy weeknights.

I am sharing my recipe for Lobia Masala. I love to cook lobia in Instant pot. You can use soaked or dry beans to make this curry. Please refer to the recipe card, at the end of the post for complete ingredients list and detailed, step-by-step recipe.

SOAKING BLACK EYED PEAS

I prefer to soak black eyed peas overnight or minimum of 4 hours prior to cooking. Soaking the beans not only reduces the cooking time but it also enhances the taste and flavor of Black eyed peas curry. I remember my mom always use to soak beans for good reasons prior to cooking.

Soaking beans before cooking helps to break down some of the complex sugars that can make beans hard for some people to digest. Soaking the beans prior to cooking also reduces cooking times.

Soaking the beans also cleans them more thoroughly (since beans cannot be washed before being sold or they can turn moldy). Soak beans in enough water overnight or for few hours, discard the water the beans are soaked in, and rinse the beans thoroughly before cooking.

Cooking beans can be very tricky at times. Depending upon the quality of the beans, if it is aged (old), it might take longer to cook even though it is soaked overnight.

Pic Shown: Black Eyed Peas Curry (Lobia Masala)

 

Black Eyed Peas Curry / Lobia Masala - Instant Pot, Stove Top

 

INGREDIENTS FOR BLACK EYED PEAS (LOBIA MASALA)

1 cup DRIED BLACK EYED PEAS (LOBIA), soaked overnight or minimum 4 hours

2 cups water for pressure cooking

1 medium onion, chopped

2 medium tomato, chopped

1 green chili, adjust to taste

1/2 inch ginger, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tablespoon oil

1 teaspoon CUMIN SEEDS (Jeera)

1 BAY LEAF (Tej patta)

1/8 teaspoon ASAFOETIDA (Hing)

1 lemon Freshly squeezed lemon juice, adjust to taste

salt to taste

DRY SPICES

2 teaspoon CORIANDER POWDER

1/2 teaspoon RED CHILI POWDER, adjust to taste

1/2 teaspoon TURMERIC POWDER

1/2 teaspoon DRIED MANGO POWDER (Amchur powder)

1 teaspoon GARAM MASALA, adjust to taste

FOR GARNISH

Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped

1 lemon, cut into wedges

Pic Shown: Black Eyed Peas Curry (Lobia Masala)

 

Black Eyed Peas Curry / Lobia Masala - Instant Pot, Stove Top

 

HOW TO MAKE BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY (LOBIA MASALA)

Preparing for Black eyed peas curry is very easy, the only preparation involved in this recipe is the soaking time. I prefer soaking beans overnight or minimum of 4 hours. I believe soaking the beans not only reduces the cooking time but also enhances the flavors.

There are couple of ways you can make this Black eyed peas curry (Lobia Masala) can be boiled first and then slow cooked in onion, tomato gravy or you can make it as a one pot, which is what I am going to do today.

In India, pressure cooker is used to cook the beans. I remember my mom always used a pressure cooker to cook beans. It is so easy and convenient to cook beans in a pressure cooker. I love to cook beans in Instant Pot, it is so convenient.

Pic Shown: Black Eyed Peas Curry (Lobia Masala)

 

Black Eyed Peas Curry / Lobia Masala - Instant Pot, Stove Top

 

PREP FOR BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY

Soak the dried black eyed peas overnight or minimum of 4 hours.

Chop all the veggies – onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, keep it aside.

Pic Shown: Left – dry black eyed peas, Right – black eyed peas soaked overnight

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTANT POT BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY

Drain the water from the soaked black eyed peas, rinse and keep it aside.

Turn on Instant Pot to saute mode (high), add oil, cumin seeds, bay leaf, chopped onions. Saute for 3-5 minutes, or until onions are translucent.

Add chopped garlic, saute for 30 seconds.

 

 

Add chopped tomato, ginger, green chili. Dry spices – coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, dried mango powder. Saute for 3-5 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft.

Note: Add garam masala after pressure cooking the beans.

 

 

Add beans, water, and salt to taste. Close the lid with vent on sealing position.

Turn on Instant Pot to Manual / Pressure cook (high) for 15 minutes. Let pressure release naturally, around 10 minutes, and then release the remaining pressure manually.

 

 

Open the Instant pot, check if the beans are soft and cooked. If required, add few minutes of pressure cooking.

Turn on Saute mode (more), add garam masala, lemon juice.

Note: Simmer for few minutes or until desired thickness. Sauce thickens as it cools.

Garnish with some fresh coriander. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Pic Shown: Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Curry (Lobia Masala)

 

Black Eyed Peas Curry / Lobia Masala - Instant Pot

 

FOR STOVE TOP BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY (LOBIA MASALA)

Follow the recipe as discussed. Close the pressure cooker, after the first whistle, reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. Let pressure release naturally. Rest of the recipe is same as Instant pot.

Pic Shown: Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Curry (Lobia Masala)

 

 

Black Eyed Peas Curry / Lobia Masala - Instant Pot, Stove Top

 

PRO TIPS FOR THE BEST BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY (LOBIA MASALA)

SOAKING BLACK EYED PEAS – I prefer to soak beans overnight or minimum of 4 hours prior to cooking. Soaking the beans not only reduces the cooking time but it also enhances the taste and flavor of Black eyed peas curry. If using dry beans instead of soaked, double the cooking time.

SAUCE OR GRAVY – Onion paste or chopped onions, both work fine in this recipe. However, if using the onion paste, cook the paste down. Beans absorb flavors from the sauce, so depending upon how flavorful the sauce is, the Black eyed peas curry will turn out.

FRESH OR CANNED TOMATOES – I use both fresh or canned tomatoes, depending upon the availability. With canned tomatoes, the sauce turns bright in color.

COOKING TIME – The quality of the beans, the water used for cooking also affects the cooking time. Please use timing as a guideline, adjust the cooking time as needed.

CANNED BLACK EYED PEAS – If using canned beans, follow the same recipe, pressure cook for 5 minutes. This will allow beans to absorb all the flavors to blend in well.

FAQ ABOUT BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY (LOBIA MASALA)

FORGOT TO SOAK BEANS, CAN I STILL MAKE BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY

Yes, absolutely you can. Soak the beans in hot water for 45-60 minutes, covered. After 60 minutes, discard the water beans are soaked in, rinse beans with fresh water and they are ready to be used in the recipe.

You may have to adjust the cooking time, since these may take little longer to cook as compared to once that have been soaked overnight.

CAN I USE CANNED BLACK EYED PEAS

Yes, you can use canned beans for this Black eyed peas curry. Follow the same recipe, drain and rinse the beans. Cook beans on Pressure Cook / Manual mode (high) for 5 minutes. This will allow all the flavors to incorporate well. Black eyed peas is ready to be devoured.

Reduce the amount of water to half, as these beans are already cooked. You need water only to make the sauce or gravy.

HOW TO SERVE BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY

Black eyed peas curry is typically served over steamed white rice (Chawal), some yogurt, and some onion salad.

I also like to serve GOBI ALOO (CAULIFLOWER CURRY) as a side dish and some homemade roti (Indian flatbread).

 

Black Eyed Peas Curry / Lobia Masala - Instant Pot, Stove Top

 

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Black Eyed Peas Curry / Lobia Masala

Course Main Course
Cuisine North Indian
Keyword black eyed peas curry,lobia masala,instant pot black eyed peas,instant pot beans recipes,healthy recipes,vegan,dairy-free,gluten-free
Prep Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FOR BLACK EYED PEAS (LOBIA MASALA)

  • 1 cup DRIED BLACK EYED PEAS (LOBIA), soaked overnight or minimum 4 hours
  • 2 cups water for pressure cooking
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 green chili, adjust to taste
  • 1/2 inch ginger, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon CUMIN SEEDS (Jeera)
  • 1   BAY LEAF (Tej patta)
  • 1/8 teaspoon  ASAFOETIDA (Hing)
  • 1 lemon Freshly squeezed lemon juice, adjust to taste
  • salt to taste

DRY SPICES

FOR GARNISH

  • Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Instructions

PREP FOR BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY

  • Soak the dried black eyed peas overnight or minimum of 4 hours.
  • Chop all the veggies – onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, keep it aside.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTANT POT BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY

  • You will need INSTANT POT
  • Drain the water from the soaked black eyed peas, rinse and keep it aside.
  • Turn on Instant Pot to saute mode (high), add oil, cumin seeds, bay leaf, chopped onions. Saute for 3-5 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
  • Add chopped garlic, saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add chopped tomato, ginger, green chili. Dry spices – coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, dried mango powder. Saute for 3-5 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft.
    Note: Add garam masala after pressure cooking the beans.
  • Add beans, water, and salt to taste. Close the lid with vent on sealing position.
  • Turn on Instant Pot to Manual / Pressure cook (high) for 15 minutes. Let pressure release naturally, around 10 minutes, and then release the remaining pressure manually.
  • Open the Instant pot, check if the beans are soft and cooked. If required, add few minutes of pressure cooking.
  • Turn on Saute mode (more), add garam masala, lemon juice.
    Note: Simmer for few minutes or until desired thickness. Sauce thickens as it cools.
  • Garnish with some fresh coriander. Serve hot with steamed rice.

FOR STOVE TOP BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY

  • Follow the recipe as discussed. Close the pressure cooker, after the first whistle, reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. Let pressure release naturally. Rest of the recipe is same as Instant pot.

Notes

  • FOR CANNED BLACK EYED PEAS: Drain and rinse the beans. Add beans to the pressure cooker, along with 1 cup of water. Pressure cook for 5 minutes, followed by natural pressure release.
  • FOR DRIED BLACK EYED PEAS: Rinse the dry beans well, add it to the pressure cooker, along with 3 cups of water. Pressure cook for 30 minutes. Followed by natural pressure release
  • PRO TIPS FOR THE BEST BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY
  • FAQ ABOUT BLACK EYED PEAS CURRY

 

Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this and it turned out amazing, I put a tad too much lemon juice otherwise it was great! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Awesome! I am so glad you liked my recipe 🙂 Thank you for sharing your feedback!

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