Hello everyone! I am so excited to even think about the coming week. On Tuesday, I am going to give my eyelashes a makeover. I am getting eyelash extensions! Yes, there is such a thing! It will be my first time and I am sooo excited and nervous at the same time! And after that, on the weekend we are flying to San Francisco for a week long vacation. All in all, a very exciting few days coming up for me. As for today, I am going to share with you my mother’s recipe for Lobia Masala. Trust me, this is a very simple recipe and is so quick to make, you are going to love it just like me!

Lobia is also called as Black eyed peas. They are very rich in Vitamins B Complex, protein, zinc, calcium and iron. Plus the way I cook it, it tastes delicious! I usually have it with rice. But it can be enjoyed equally well with roti or parantha.


lobia masala

Initially, when I came to the US, I did not count this as a part of my usual cooking plan. I had almost forgotten about it. But one fine day, I remembered how my mom used to make this and how I loved devouring it with loads of jeera rice! So, soon, I got this from the Indian grocery store and decided to call my mother for her recipe. And then, after a few hours, I had some amazingly delicious Lobia Masala on my plate.

lobia masala

Now for preparation, you have to soak the lobia for 4-5 hours or even overnight. That will make the beans soak up the water and become much softer. After that, you would only need to pressure cook them for 5-10 minutes and it will be done!

So for the rest of the recipe, lets jump right to it!

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This delicious recipe is perfect to be enjoyed with either rice or roti/parantha.
lobia masala
lobia masala
  1. In a pressure cooker, put the lobia along with one cup water. Add a pinch of baking soda and some salt. Cook till the lobia is done. In my pressure cooker, I let one whistle come on medium heat and then lower the heat and cook for another 5 minutes. Let the pressure subside on its own once you take it off the heat.
  2. In a pan, heat the oil. Once hot, add the dried red chillies, bay leaves and cinnamon stick. After about 30 seconds, add the cumin seeds and heeng.
  3. After another 30 seconds or so, add the onion puree and saute till the onions change color. Add the ginger and garlic paste and saute some more.
  4. Add the pureed tomatoes along with salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder. Cook till oil separates.
  5. Saute the masala on a low heat till it becomes absolutely fragrant and changes to a beautiful color.
  6. Add this masala to the cooked lobia. Adjust the consistency, add more water if you like.
  7. Cook for another 5-10 minutes on low flame till al the flavors merge perfectly. Add garam masala and chopped coriander leaves for garnishing.
  8. Enjoy with hot rotis or paranthas, or maybe even rice which is my personal favorite!
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This is a very easy and immensely delicious simple recipe. I hope you try it too. If you do, let me know how it turned out.

This is definitely one of my favorites!

Till next time…



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