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Black Eyed Peas Curry Recipe (Indian Lobia Masala)

Black Eyed Peas Curry or Lobia Masala Curry is a popular Punjabi curry which is heathy and delicious made using onion-tomato base and few spices.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Punjabi
Keyword black eyed peas curry, black eyed peas recipe indian, black-eyed peas recipe, lobia masala, lobia masala curry
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 129.9kcal
Author Bhavana Patil

Ingredients

Measuring cup (1 cup = 250 ml)

Instructions

Instant Pot Method:

  • Soak the black-eyed peas in abundant water for four or more hours, so they are all submerged. When you are ready to cook, drain the water.
  • Blend 2 tomatoes to make a puree.
  • Press SAUTE mode on Instant Pot. Add oil to the POT. Once pot is hot, add cumin seeds, let them splutter.
  • Add onions, green chilies, ginger-garlic paste, and saute until onions turn light brown (approximately 5-6 minutes).
    step to saute onion ginger garlic paste collage
  • Next, add the tomato puree or finely chopped tomatoes and cook the mixture for 2-3 minutes.
    step to add pureed tomato collage
  • Then add soaked black-eyed peas, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt, and mix well.
  • Then add water and give a stir.
    step to add soaked black eyed peas and dry spices collage
  • Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to Sealing. Cook on High Pressure for 12 minutes for firmer beans & 14 minutes for softer beans.
  • Once the pot beeps, Do a NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE (NPR) for at least 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid away from you, add garam masala powder, lime juice, and garnish with cilantro. Mix well.
  • Black-eyed peas curry is ready, serve with hot with rice, pooris, chapatis, roti & parathas.
    indian lobia masala in instant pot insert garnished with cilantro

Stovetop Pressure Cooker

  • Soak the black-eyed peas in abundant water for 4 or more hours so they are all submerged. When you are ready to cook, drain the water.
  • Blend 2 tomatoes to make a puree.
  • Take a pressure cooker. Add oil. Once hot add jeera seeds, let them splutter.
  • Once the oil is hot add onions, ginger-garlic paste, and saute until onions turn light brown (approximately 5-6 minutes).
  • Next, add tomato puree or finely chopped tomatoes and cook the mixture for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Then add soaked black-eyed peas, red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt, and mix well.
  • Then add water and give a stir.
  • Close the lid place a whistle and cook for 3-4 whistles on medium flame.
  • Switch off the flame and let the pressure from the cooker release naturally.
  • Open the lid and add garam masala powder, lime juice, and garnish with cilantro. Mix well.
  • Black-eyed peas curry recipe is ready, serve with hot with rice, poori's, chapatis, roti & parathas.

Video

Notes

I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT

Tips & Variations

    • If the curry is not thick enough for your liking, press the cancel button then press Saute Mode and allow to cook, stir until you get the desired thickness. You can also mash a few peas using the back of the ladle to make the gravy thick and creamy.
    • You can also add spinach, kale, or collard greens to make this dish more hearty.
    • If you don’t have fresh tomatoes on hand, you can use canned crushed tomatoes too.
 
Is Black Eyed Peas Curry Vegan & Gluten-Free?
Yes. It's vegan and gluten-free.
Can I freeze Black-Eyed Pea Curry?
Yes, you sure can! You can either refrigerate or freeze this Curry. It will be good for up to 2-3 days in the refrigerator. However, if you freeze it into freezer-safe containers, you can freeze up to 3 months. Then, defrost overnight and reheat before serving.
Can I use canned Black Eyed Peas for this Curry?
If you are using canned black-eyed peas, make sure to drain and rinse them with water. You should reduce the water for cooking, i.e., 1:1 canned black-eyed peas to water ratio. It will take 4 minutes, followed by Natural Pressure Release.
How to make Black Eyed Peas recipe in Instant Pot using "No-Soak" Method?
If you forget to soak, try soaking for at least 1 hour in hot water, press MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure), and set the timer to 20+ minutes.
 
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 129.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4.3g | Sodium: 220.3mg | Potassium: 220.2mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 2.5g | Vitamin A: 1240IU | Vitamin C: 17.1mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1.5mg