14 August, 2009

Aloo Lobia & A Quick Note on RCI


Aloo Lobia

No rants, no ramblings, and none of my usual long posts today. All I want to share today is a quick recipe I created over the weekend.

Before I do that there is one more thing I want to mention quickly. It’s regarding RCI round-up. My initial plan was to post the round-up in first week of August. But due to heavy workload and some personal workload I haven’t had any time to sit and work on it. So my sincere apologies for the delay and I am hoping to post the round up in a week or two. Please bear with me this time! With over 80 entries, this edition of RCI-Udupi & Mangalore is going to be one bumper bonanza and I want to do full justice to it.

And now coming back to today’s recipe of Aloo Lobia, this recipe is something I came up during one busy weekend (yeah, even weekends are busy these days). I wanted to cook something good and comfort food as I was craving for some carbs by the end of the day after working non-stop. At that same time I didn’t want to spend more than 5 mins in front of a stove. One quick thinking and pairing black eyed peas and potato seemed like a good combination. And voila, it was better than good! An aromatic Tadka of cumin and curry leaves followed by cooking sweet onions and then a can of chopped tomatoes didn’t take more than few mins. By the time the ground spices were added and cooked along tomatoes, I was ready with cubed potatoes and rinsed black eyed peas. I literally dumped everything in a pressure cooker and left it cook on medium flame. While I stretched my feet with my favourite novel, the aroma of Aloo Lobia curry tickled my nose and then my stomach was giving all the signals for a delicious meal to look forward to. And it indeed turned out to be one delicious meal where I enjoyed this creamy Aloo Lobia with frozen chapattis and Krish enjoyed with Jeera Rice.

Black Eyed Peas, Potatoes & Tomatoes for Aloo Lobia

Aloo Lobia (Spicy Potatoes and Black Eyed Peas Curry)
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 20-30 mins
Serves: 4-6
Recipe Level: Easy/Beginner
Spice Level: Medium
Serving Suggestion: With any Indian flat breads or flavoured/steam cooked rice

3 medium Potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
¾-1 cup Lobia/Black Eyed Peas/Alasande KaLu, washed and soaked in water till needed
1 large Onion, finely chopped
3 large/1 can Tomato, chopped
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1-2 Green Chillies, slit
1 tsp Tamarind Paste
½-1 tbsp Jaggery/Palm Sugar (Adjust acc to taste)
Salt to taste

Spices Used:
1 tbsp Sambar/Rasam Powder or use 1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp each Coriander & Cumin Powders
½ tsp Haldi/Turmeric Powder

For Tadka/Tempering:
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
2 springs Curry Leaves
A big pinch of Hing/Asafoetida
1 tbsp Oil

Special Utensils:
A Pressure Cooker

Aloo Lobia

Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add cumin seeds. When cumin starts to sizzle and turn golden red, add hing and curry leaves. Sauté it for few seconds.
Add finely chopped onions and cook till they turn translucent, about 2 minutes. Add ginger-garlic paste and green chillies and fry for a minute.
Mix in chopped tomatoes or canned tomatoes and cook till they are pulpy and release their juice, about 3 minutes.
Add all the spice powders (sambar/rasam powder, coriander and cumin powder and turmeric powder) along with tamarind paste, jaggery and salt to taste and mix well. Cook on medium heat for a minute.
Now add 3-4 cups of boiling water and bring the whole mixture to gentle boil, about 3 minutes.
Mix in cubed potatoes and soaked black eyed peas and cover the lid. Place the weight on lid and cook for 2-3 whistles or 12-15 minutes on medium flame. Let the pressure be released completely before opening the lid.
Serve this delicious Aloo Lobia with any Indian flat bread or flavoured/steam cooked rice and enjoy!


  1. Looks very creamy and appetizing. And very easy to put together.

  2. Sia, this dish sounds like a winner for me. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow,mouthwatering.I would prefer both chappathis and jeera rice with this or just this itself.Love the new blog look Sia,I missed coming here.

  4. Aloo lobia looks spicy and so delicious beautiful pic.

  5. wow..thats a lovely pictures....hope things get easy soon..:)

  6. Sia,
    This one looks so spicy and yummy. I am not much of a fan of black eyed peas, but I prepare something similar to this at home with chick peas, though the quantity of chickpeas remain more than that of potatoes.
    I loved your images, how did you create that style on the first image?

  7. These peas are my fav Sia. Amma used to make a puli kuzhambu with coconut milk using this. The combo looks nice and I love the fact "few mins to make" :)

  8. Hey!

    Black Eyed Peas - Is it known as ALASANDE BEEJA in kannada (Mangalore Side)? I'm not quite sure. That's the reason I ask. And I love alasande beeja. This preparation looks good & takes me back to my dodamma's place in Puttur.


  9. This is a simple and quick recipe. And pressure cooking the potato and lobia after adding all spices makes it even faster and easier...
    BTW, i was indeed waiting for the RCI round up... Take ur time, and post it when u're out of ur busy schedule...

  10. so can I send in one entry?:-)

    Aloo lobia sounds lovely!

  11. First time here....You have a nice blog out there and great clicks!

  12. love lobiya. never tried it with aloo, but will do now. hope ure doing well.

  13. That looks good! I bought some black eyed peas from the farmers market recently, but I mixed them in a jar with kidney and butter beans... I imagine I can make this recipe with the mix :)

  14. Lobia and potato sounds absolutely delicious. usually I make cutlets or coconut curry with this..never tried this kind of sabzi. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

  15. OMG! Bookmarked to be made soon!

  16. I made it yesterday to take to a get-together with some friends who are vegetarians and they LOVED IT as much I did! :) Thanks for a great recipe!

  17. @Cynth, Glad to know that ur friends enjoyed it darling :) Hw have u been?

  18. I love cowpeas too...they are tasty and healthy. Your version looks interesting.

  19. I love cowpeas too...they are tasty and healthy. Your version looks interesting.

  20. Oh very nice recipe and it looks mouth-drooling!!!

  21. Sia, Beautiful blog! I love what you have done with it. I have something waiting for you at my site... http://swethabhatta.blogspot.com/


  22. Looks very creamy and delicious Sia... Never tried the blackeyed peas.. Bookmarked it!

  23. Its been a while since I was last here (or anywhere else) and for a minute I thought I'd landed somewhere else!
    Most interesting new look.

  24. Hey! First time on your blog. You have amazing blog and recipes.

    I just loved the lobia curry.

  25. Hi Sia,
    I tried this recipe today.. and it came out very well.... Thanks for sharing the recipe...:)

  26. Hi Sia,

    I am new visitor to your blog.The curry looks so yummy..will cook on friday night..

    thanks for sharing

  27. Hi Sia,

    First time to your blog and ur recipe
    looks so nice. I will try this on Friday night.

    Thanks for sharing


  28. Have all the ingredients at home so might give it a try tonight, its so cold here in the UK at the moment and this looks so warming, thanks.

  29. Hie Sia, Many thanks for yet another delectable delight. Potatoes and Black eyed peas make such a tasty combo. Cooked this on a lazy weekend - afternoon. Delicious Aloo Lobia along with piping soft rotis. Bliss! :)


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