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black eyed peas curry

Black eyed Beans Curry | South Indian Lobia Curry

This black eyed beans curry is super tasty and healthy. It is easy to make and is a good option for a healthy meal.
Course Main Course | Curry
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword black eyed peas curry, lobia curry
recipe black eyed beans curry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Soaking Time 8 hours
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 247kcal


  • 1.5 cups black eyed beans

For curry

  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. ginger paste
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 tbsp. tamarind paste
  • ½ coconut cut into thin slices
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2-3 cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small piece mace
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. sambar powder or garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne optional
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. oil

For garnish

  • 1 tbsp. cilantro finely chopped


  • Soak black eyed peas in sufficient water overnight or for 8 hours. Drain and keep aside.
  • In a wok, heat oil and add cumin seeds. Add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorn, cardamom, mace and curry leaves. Cook for two minutes.
  • Now add finely chopped onion and ginger garlic paste along with green chillies. Saute on low flame for 5-8 minutes while stirring. Add coconut slices or grated coconut. Cook for 5 minutes more.
  • Now cool the mixture and blend to a smooth paste.
  • Take a Pressure cooker or instant pot and add the blended paste along with drained black eyed peas. Add turmeric powder, cayenne (optional), coriander powder and salt. Cook for 4 whistles and release the pressure naturally. Your black eyed peas must be cooked and soft. Add tamarind paste and sambar powder (or garam masala powder). Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Garnish with cilantro. Your black eyed peas is ready to eat with rice or rotis.


  1. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can cook in a pan with lid. But the cooking time will increase. It may take from 20-30 minutes for the peas to cook.
  2. Please adjust the chillies and cayenne as per your preference. This is a spicy curry but you can adjust it to your taste.
  3. Adding coconut gives a certain creaminess and body to the curry.
  4. Soaking the black eyed peas reduces their cooking time.


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 572mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 980IU | Vitamin C: 35.4mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 4.6mg