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March 17, 2009

Lal Lobia Curry



There are several kinds of lentils which I don't have access to in Delhi/Gurgaon. Pigeon Peas and Hyacinth Beans would rank on top of my list. I use my stock so sparingly that I don't touch the last packet I have until I have received the next batch of supplies. All the same, I do use lentils quite regularly.


In an attempt to widen my "range" of lentils, I bought a packet of Brown Cow Peas (Lal Lobia in Hindi, Bagdo in Konkani). I soaked some one night, but I had no clue what to do with it the next morning. I made this simple curry for us to eat with chapattis. I quite relished it.


1 cup Brown Cow Peas, soaked overnight and drained

1 Onion, ground to a paste

1/4 cup Tomato Puree

1 tsp Ginger Paste

1 tsp Garlic Paste

1 tsp Chilli Powder

1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Paneer Tikka Masala (optional)

1 tsp Oil

Salt to taste

Coriander Leaves for garnish


Heat oil in a pressure pan. Add the onion paste and fry for a minute. Add the ginger and garlic pastes and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, and the paneer tikka masala (if using). Fry for a couple of minutes. Add the tomato puree and fry for a minute. Add the drained cow peas and 2-3 cups of water. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.


Serve hot with chapattis, bread or rice.

22 comments:

Asha said...

I LOVE LOVE Cow peas. We get a similar canned beans called Crowder peas, they are so yummy. Indian stores do stock red Lobia, love it too. Dish sounds great, what happened to the photo? :)

Cham said...

Ur pict is not loading but the title invited me here. I like anything with legume sounds tasty!

Chitra said...

by seeing the title, i thought its something different(may be a non - veg recipe:)) now i came to know the meaning,curry sounds interesting,miss the pic:(

Aaarti said...

hey

what are these cow peas??? never herd of them before... :(

bee said...

olan with red cowpeas is superdelish. or sprout them and use. here's olan like you'd use sprouted moong.

http://jugalbandi.info/2007/06/olan-mystery-veggie-i/

Deepa said...

I wanted to say, that another thing I love about your blog, is the attention to spellings of all the ethnic stuff. I just LOVE it. Thanks! --Deepa

Namratha said...

That is a very simple recipe Raaga, I recently bought a whole pack of the brown lentils, bookmarked this to try! :)

Varsha Vipins said...

I am yet to discover most of the members of the so BIG lentil family I guess..I see so many around in blog world..n most of 'em sounds greek to me..:D
Cow peas sure sounds new n exciting..will check out next time in grocery stoe..:)

aquadaze said...

I love lobia..simply love it!

Alka said...

We call it Raan'h in Sindhi and we make it in simple onion tomato curry sans any garlci.It still taste yummy(actually better than rajma).And we also distribute it as prasad(just boiled with some salt,and then spiced up a bit with red chilly powder and amchoor powder along with Karawa prasad the combination of sweet and spicy goes so well,that people go crazy with that prasad.
Now after my ramblings coming to ur recipe....it sound sooooooo goood .Will try it with onion paste and ginger garlic

Priya said...

Lobia curry makes me hungry...healthy side dish for rotis...

Gita's Kitchen said...

Nice picture....I like the less amount of spices used here for this yummy dish... I must also try using paneer tikka masala for curries...love hte idea :)

Anonymous said...

I have just once had lobia, should revisit again
Sandeepa(Bong Mom's CookBook)

Sia said...

i am totally addicted to black eyed peas and have almost stopped cooking chickpeas and other beans ;) that's how crazy i am:)
let me see if i can find some laal lobia.

Nate-n-Annie said...

I've never heard of Hyacinth beans before. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Looks so easy and sounds so tasty!

Thanks also for adding us as friends on Foodbuzz. We welcome you to come visit our site!

Meenal Mehta said...

Hi Raaga ,

first time here :) very nice blog and yummy recipe

-Meenal

Akeelu said...

Raaga,

What a coincidence? i cooked this dish for lunch yesterday!! Of course your recipe would taste better and i am glad that the picture was exactly like how i prepared! I had also curry leaves and i didn't paste the Onion :)...

Just wanted tor remind you...i had long back asked if you know wnay recipe with Soya milk :) do share if you know any!!!

Meenal Mehta said...

Raga ..thanks for visiting my blog:) I used to work at GE mnay yrs ago too but i wasn't in HR :) were you in hr then?

Miri said...

Try adding a bit of tamaring pulp the curry next time - it really lifts the flavour of cow peas. Or what about a bit of coconut or copra ground with some red chillies?

This dish looks really simple but tasty.

Raaga said...

Hey everyone,

I must admit... I usually get such detailed comments only when I blog about my cakes...

I didn't expect that such a simple dish would get so many of you to comment. Thank you all.

Raaga said...

@Ashakka: I will look up crowder peas too...

@Bee: I will try the olan... have bookmarked the recipe and have left you a question there :)

@Alka: Thanks for that... shall try the variations :)

@Miri: Will try tamarind next time. I'm sure it will be very nice :)

Raaga said...

@Akeelu: I rarely use soy milk...if I come across something I shall let you know for sure. :)