Bobbarlu/Black Eyed Peas/Lobia Curry

imageBobbarlu curry

Let’s start the new year with a healthy recipe. I’ve prepared simple and easy curry with Bobbarlu/black eyed peas/lobia. Black eyed peas are very rich in protein and fibre content. The curry is prepared in onion and tomato gravy with mild spices. Here I present healthy and delicious Bobbarlu curry which can be served as a side dish to steamed rice or roti too. Njoy Cooking, Serving n Savoring!

Author: Akshayakumbham
Course: Side dish/curries
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4


Bobbarlu: Half cup or two fistfuls

Onion: 1 no. Big

Tomatoes: 2 nos.

Coriander powder: 1 tsp

Cumin powder: 1 tsp

Garam masala: 1 tsp

Red chilli powder: 1 tsp

Salt: As required

Curry leaves: A sprig

Coriander leaves: Few.


Sesame oil: 1 1/2 tbsp

Mustard: 1 tsp

Cumin: 1 tsp

Hing: A pinch

Turmeric: A pinch.

Method of preparation:

1. Take half cup of Bobbarlu in a vessel.image

2. Soak them in enough water overnight or for 8-9 hours.image

3. After soaking they absorb water and become soft.image

4. Pressure cook the black eyed peas along with water in a pressure cooker for 5/6 whistles. Switch off the flame and allow the pressure to settle down on its own.image

5. Meanwhile rinse  onion and tomatoes with water. Chop them into small pieces.

6. Heat kadai and pour oil for tempering. Add mustard and cumin seeds. When mustard splutter add a pinch of hing and turmeric into it.image

7. Now add finely chopped onion pieces into it. Add a pinch of salt and mix thoroughly.image

8. When the onions become translucent add chopped tomato pieces.image

9. Sauté them on low flame till they become soft and mushy.

10. Now add chopped coriander leaves, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala and red chilli powder too. Mix well and sauté for two minutes.image

11. Now add steamed Bobbarlu into the onion tomato mixture.image

12. Mix well and add half cup of water. Also add required amount of salt and few curry leaves too.image

13. Boil the black eyed peas in onion tomato gravy for five minutes.image

14. Switch off the flame. Now the healthy and tasty curry is ready to serve.image

15. Transfer the curry into a serving bowl. Serve hot with steamed rice or chapathi/pulka.image


I’ve added chopped tomatoes to prepare the gravy. Instead tomato puree can be added too.