Easy & Healthy Lobia Masala (Black Eyed Beans Curry)

Soak 250 grams of black-eyed peas overnight or for 6-8 hours. If you do not have time to soak, soak them in hot water for about 30 minutes to an hour.

 Add 3 cups of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.

Heat oil in a saucepan or kadai, add cloves, cinnamon stick, green cardamon, bay leaf and cumin seeds. Let the cumin seeds sizzle a bit.

Add finely chopped onions and let them cook for 5 minutes.

Add finely chopped green chillies,ginger-garlic paste and cook the onions till they turn golden brown in colour. 

Add tomato puree, you can also add canned tomatoes here.

Mix well and cook tomatoes till oil starts to separate.

 Add spices, Kashmiri red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, turmeric power, sugar and salt to taste.

 Let this masala cook till you see oil floating on top, stir frequently in between.

 Add the cooked peas (chavali).

Mix well

 Add 2 cups of water for the gravy.

Add kasuri methi (dry fenugreek) 

Cover & let the curry simmer for 10 minutes.

Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Squeez some lemon juice for that extra zing while serving. 

Delicious & healthy black-eyed peas curry (chavali chi usal) is ready. Serve it with rice or roti. Makes a complete balanced meal.