Thursday, January 8, 2009

Black Eyed peas curry (Chawli/Lobia Curry)


Usually I make black eyed beans with onion tomato gravy base with Punjabi spices or with Maharashtrian ones. So when I came across this recipe on Lisa's site I was instantly interested in this recipe. The spices used in this curry are distinctly south Indian and the absence of onion in a curry such as this, seemed like a nice departure from the usual curries.

I tried this curry and was really glad I did. I followed Lisa's recipe for most part and just modified the proportions slightly and added red chilli powder to add a little more spice to the curry. This one made a delightful combination with both roti's and also when served with plain basmati rice or cumin/jeera rice.Try this when you are looking for a change from the usual types of curries or cooking for someone that is avoiding onions or garlic in their curry.

Before I move on to the recipe, one quick update, I just updated my picture on my apple pachadi/ apple chutney post. Just wanted to let my readers know so that they could have a quick peek at the new picture. This one, though not as good as I want it to be, still does far more justice to the dish than my previous one :-)

Chawli Curry 2



Ingredients and method to make curried black eyed peas

1 1/2 cups of dried black eyed peas (chawli/lobia/karamani) to be soaked overnight
1 heaped tsp of mustard seeds (sarson/rai/kadagu)
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste (namak/uppu)
3 small Thai or Indian variety green chillies cut fine (or according to taste)
1/2 tsp cumin powder (jeera powder/jeeragam podi)
1/2 tsp coriander powder (dhania powder)
1/4 tsp turmeric (haldi/manjal podi)
1/8 tsp asafoetida (hing/perungayam)
2 large tomatoes (tamatar/thakkali)(cut into small pieces)
7-8 curry leaves (kadi patha/ karvapillai ) broken into small pieces
1/2 tsp chilli powder (or according to taste) (optional)
handful of cilantro (coriander leaves/hara dhania/kothamalli) cut fine

Soak the black eyed peas in a large container overnight in sufficient water. Drain the water and rinse once.

Place the peas in a heavy bottomed pan in fresh water and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the peas are cooked. Skim off the froth from the surface when it initially forms. (or pressure cook the chawli with sufficient water until soft, this usually takes about 2 to 3 whistles in my pressure cooker)

Keep the cooked peas aside. Heat oil in the same pan, add the mustard seeds to it, when the mustard seeds start spluttering add green chillies to it.

When the green chillies turn a little whiter, add all the dry spices and the curry leaves. Stir a couple of times and add cut tomatoes to it and saute until the tomatoes become soft and mushy.

Add the cooked black eyed peas, salt to taste and cook for another ten or so minutes.Garnish with cilantro just before serving.

Serve hot with roti's, plain basmati rice or cumin/ jeera rice .

Serves about 4

Notes

I wanted my curry to have some gravy so I retained the water the peas were cooked in and added that to the curry to give me the consistency I was looking for, in case you like to have your curry drier you could drain the water after the peas are cooked, then add the peas to the curry.


These curried peas are off to the Bookmarked Recipes event being hosted by Ruth




This curry is also off to My Legume Love Affair, the seventh helping being hosted by Srivalli and originally started by Susan

This hearty and filling curry is also off to the Winter Treat Event being hosted by Trupti

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42 comments :

Trupti said...

Hello Usha..chawali curry looks very delicious.

Waiting for ur entries for my events.

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely Usha,I cannot believe its onionless.I too prefer to have gravy.This is perfect with rice.

Indhu said...

Hi Usha,
I made this curry yesterday. :)
I did add onions though. But I always make this the south indian way with similar spices. Yours looks yummy nice picture :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

nice and comforting bowl of curry. yummy..

Varsha Vipins said...

Looks like a comfort food Usha..I love the type of curries..:)

anudivya said...

I need to make saner and comfort food like these more! I am like a mad scientist in a lab mixing stuff that I shouldn't be! I just realized that today!

Why aren't you living closer to me?!

Malar Gandhi said...

Curry looks fab' nice and interesting recipe...

Paru ... said...

Lovely chawli Usha..Very tempting..

Bharti said...

I don't know why I don't make black eyed beans more often. The curry looks yum.

Ann said...

Usha,this is my fav too.why dont you send this to my legume affair hosted by srivalli ?

sowmya said...

nice simple and delicious..

Soma said...

Very nice recipe Usha. I make this bean very often at home, My daughter loves picking them up & eating. healthy too.

Anisheetu said...

nice dish...must try soon...

Asha said...

YUM! I love the taste Black eyed peas in any masala, always Delicious.

Happy new year Usha, enjoy the weekend! :))

Sunshinemom said...

I make this but with onions. My daughter is crazy about chowli beans! Yours looks delicious, Usha!

Premyscakes said...

Usha it is just simple and yet delicious and my fav too.

Sharmi said...

hi Usha,
the curry looks so comforting! I would love it with rice though:)

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. Thats a yummy recipe! Looks inviting!

Uma said...

ooh, looks so yummy Usha! Mouth-watering.

Gita's Kitchen said...

I love the color of this curry, I started using all types of dried beans recently, should give your delicious curry a try :)

Happy cook said...

I love black eyed beans and this looks yummy delicious.

Cham said...

I love my curry with gravy suit well for rotis and rice

Ashwini Kenchanna said...

Simple, delicious and mouth watering Usha..

Deepa Hari said...

Nice curry Usha...looks simple and delicious.

miss v said...

i never thought about black-eyed peas in a curry before. i have some left from new years.

sagari said...

delecious curry usha

Shillu said...

This tastes really good. I make it with less gravy & use it for pani puri. tastes brilliant. I love the picture.

rekhas kitchen said...

Hi usha,
perfect entry for the event hummm i make little different but this looks intresting will try this one

Jaishree said...

chawali curry looks very delicious.

Srivalli said...

Thanks for the lovely entry!..looks great..

Rajani said...

I love lobia curry - i dont usually put the masalas though the rest of it is like your recipe.

Suma Rajesh said...

i just loved this chawli specially with kanji..

ejm said...

Mmmm, I have always adored black eyed pea curry with rotis (although I don't recall tasting the hing) from an Indian "fast food" place that was close to where I used to work. But I haven't ever made the curry myself. This has got to change! Thank you for posting this recipe.

-Elizabeth

P.S. Found you via Ruth's very useful event "Bookmarked Recipes". (And now your recipe is bookmarked.)

Vaishali said...

Black-eyed peas are a favorite, Usha, but I don't cook them as often as I should. I love this masaledaar recipe: just gorgeous.

Lisa said...

I'm delighted you tried this. I know I will be making it again.

Usha said...

Trupti, Curry Leaf, Indhu, Mahimaa and Varsha, thanks for visiting and your comments.

Divya, that is exactly what I think every time I see some yum new creation on your blog, why aren't YOU living closer to me :-)

Usha said...

Malar, Paru and Bharti, thanks for stopping by and your comments.


Ann, thanks for reminding me about the event, I have now sent it to that event too :-)


Sowmya, Soma and Anisheetu, thanks!

Usha said...

Asha, thanks for stopping by my site and your new year wishes. Wish you a very happy new year too, hope to see you here again :-)


Sunshinemom, Premys , Sharmi, Anu and Uma, thanks hope to see you here soon :-)

Usha said...

Gita, thanks do let me know if you try it :-)


HC, Cham, Ashwini, Deepa, Miss V, Sagari, Shillu and Rekha thanks for visiting and your comments !

Usha said...

Jaishree, Srivalli ,Rajani and Suma, Thanks !

Elizabeth I am glad you found my site, which in turn led me to yours. I enjoyed my visit to your site and hope to try your dulce de leche icecream when the weather gets warmer here :-)

Usha said...

Vaishali and Lisa, Thanks for visiting and your comments :-)

Vishali said...

I like the Black eyed peas curry Usha....and have them lying in my kitchen from many days ...now will try this recipe definetly....a nice one.

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