Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Black Eyed Peas in a Tomato Based Gravy (Tariwali Lobia)

North Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special
Punjabi/Uttar Pradesh Cuisine
Black Eyed Peas in a Tomato Based Gravy (Tariwali Lobia) 
One of our Family's All-Time Favorite!

Black Eyed Peas (Lobia)- 1 Cup, Washed & Soaked Overnight
Onions- 2 Medium, ground into a fine Paste
Tomatoes-3 Medium, ground into a fine Paste
Green Chillies- 3 no’s, Finely Chopped (Slit/Paste)
Ginger- 1 Inch
Garlic- 3-4 Cloves

Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- 1 Tbsp.
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)-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

Boil Lobia in a Pressure Cooker till 2 whistles; the Beans shouldn’t be overcooked but retain their shape. 
Make a fine Paste with Onions, Garlic, Ginger, Cumin, Cinnamon, Cloves,
Heat Oil in a Pressure Pan on Medium flame
Add Cumin Seeds and sauté till they crackle
Add Bay Leaf, Cinnamon, Cloves and Sauté
Add Onions-Ginger-Garlic Paste and Sauté till Golden
Add Tomatoes Paste and Sauté
Add Masalas (Turmeric, Red Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder, Cumin Powder) and Sauté till Oil surfaces in the Gravy
Add Boiled Lobia, mix well and cover to cook on low flame
Garnish with Fresh Coriander

Serve Hot with Indian Flat Bread (Phulka)/Jeera Rice, Plain Curd/Raita and the Classic Onion-Green Chilli Salad 'Dhaba' Style!

Another Variation is the Authentic Punjabi Version of Lobia recipe is posted in the Jain/No Onion-Garlic Post, please do check it out as well..

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

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