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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Black Eyed Peas in a Tomato Based Gravy (Lobia made in Jain/No Onion-Garlic Style)

North Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special
Punjabi/Uttar Pradesh Cuisine
Black Eyed Peas in a Tomato Based Gravy (Lobia made in Jain/No Onion-Garlic Style)
One of our Family's All-Time Favorite!


Ingredients:
Black Eyed Peas (Lobia)- 1 Cup, Washed & Soaked Overnight
Tomatoes-3 Medium, ground into a fine Paste
Green Chillies- 3 no’s, Finely Chopped (Slit/Paste)
Ginger- 1 Inch 
Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- 1 Tbsp.
Cumin Seeds-1 Tsp.
Bay Leaf- 1
Cinnamon- 1 Inch Stick
Cloves- 1 No.
Turmeric Powder (Haldi)- ½ Tsp.
Red Chilli Powder- 1 Tsp.
Coriander Powder- 2 Tsp.
Cumin Powder-  1 Tsp.
Garam Masala- 1 Tsp.
Salt- To Taste
Fresh Coriander Leaves- 2 Tbsp., Finely Chopped

Extra Ingredients (all remain the same like my other Lobia recipe except that this one is Without Onions):
Whole Red Chillies- 3 No’s
Big Black Cardamon Powder- 1/2 Tsp.
Black Pepper Powder- ½ Tsp.
Lemon Juice- 1 Tsp.

Method:
Take a mix of 2 Cinnamon sticks, 2 Cloves, 2 Big Black Cardamom and 2 Chopped Green Chillies tied in a Muslin Cloth as a Spice Bag (Potli)
Put this Spice Bag in the Lobia while it boils, remove and keep the Spice Bag aside after Lobia is cooked

Heat Oil in a Pressure Pan/Non Stick Pan on Medium flame
Add Whole Red Chillies, Cumin Seeds and sauté till they crackle
Add Ginger Paste and Sauté till Golden Brown
Add Masalas diluted in water (Turmeric, Red Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder, Salt) and Sauté
Add Tomatoes and Stir Fry (Bhunno) till Oil surfaces in the Gravy
Add Boiled Lobia, bring to boil and Cover to cook on Low Flame
Sprinkle Big Black Cardamon Powder and Black Pepper Powder
Garnish with Fresh Coriander Leaves

Tips:
Cumin Powder can be used instead of Cumin Seeds
The Whole Spices (Bay Leaf, Cinnamon, Cloves) are optional and can be replaced with just Fresh Garam Masala Powder just before taking the Lobia off the flame 
In this Recipe make a paste of Ginger and Tomatoes separately
Tomato Puree can be used to enhance the Rich Red Colour of the gravy and also in case Roma Tomatoes aren’t available

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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