Thursday, August 7, 2008

Black-eyed bean (Lobia) Curry

Black-eyed beans are boiled and cooked with spices to make curry.


  • Grind onion, diced tomatoess, green chillies in a fine paste.
  • Heat the oil in a deep, thick-bottomed pan on a medium flame. Add bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Add the onion tomato paste and fry till the oil begins to separate from the paste. .
  • Add dry spices - cumin, coriander, red chilli, tumeric and garam masala powders. Fry for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the water in the can from the beans and rinse them well under running water. Add the beans to the masala. Mix well.
  • Add salt to taste and water to make gravy (about 1 cup).
  • Simmer and cook covered for 10 minutes.Take out in a dish.
  • Mix in lemon juice.
  • Garnish with finely chopped fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve with hot plain boiled rice, Roti , Sabji and Raita of your choice.
Note: As heat diminishes their flavour quickly, coriander leaves are often used raw or added to the dish right before serving.

Do You Know?
Cowpea ( Lobia), is a grain legume grown mainly in the savanna regions of the tropics and subtropics in Africa, Asia, and South America. Cowpea grain contains about 25% protein, making it extremely valuable where many people cannot afford protein foods such as meat and fish.

Cowpea can be used at all stages of growth as a vegetable crop. The tender green leaves are an important food source in Africa and are prepared as a pot herb, like spinach. Immature snapped pods are used in the same way as snapbeans, often being mixed with other foods. Green cowpea seeds are boiled as a fresh vegetable, or may be canned or frozen. Dry mature seeds are also suitable for boiling and canning.

1 comment:

Lucky Sign said...

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