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 247 kcal
Author Rachna Parmar


  • 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


  1. Soak black eyed peas in sufficient water overnight or for 8 hours. Drain and keep aside.
  2. In a wok, heat oil and add cumin seeds. Add bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorn, cardamom, mace and curry leaves. Cook for two minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Now cool the mixture and blend to a smooth paste.
  5. 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.
  6. Garnish with cilantro. Your black eyed peas is ready to eat with rice or rotis.

Recipe Notes

  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.
Nutrition Facts
Black eyed Beans Curry | South Indian Lobia Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 96mg4%
Potassium 572mg16%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 980IU20%
Vitamin C 35.4mg43%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.