Thursday, May 28, 2009

Black Eyed Peas Curry / Cow Peas Curry

Black-eyed peas or cow peas in English, also known as Bobbarlu or alasandalu in Telugu.

Preparation :-

  • Soak 1 electric rice cooker cup of black eyed beans in sufficient water for 8 hrs . After the time lapse cook the beans in same water in pressure cooker for 2 whistles .

  • In mean time chop 1 big onion , 1 tomato and few coriander leaves.

  • Microwave blueberry size tamarind in sufficient water for a minute.

  • Heat a pan add 1/2 tspn oil . Fry onions till transparent . Add 1/2 tspn ginger garlic paste and fry for a second. Now add chopped tomato and mix nicely . Add 1 tspn tomato paste. Fry till tomatoes turn mushy and then switchoff stove . Let this cool , then grind this mixture to a fine paste . If necessary add little amount of water while grinding.

  • Now takeout black eyed beans from cooker and strain the water. Do not throw the water .

  • Take a paper towel and wipe the pan that u used for frying onion-tomato.

  • Heat the same pan add 2 tbspns oil , when hot add 3 litely crushed cardamoms , 3 cloves , 2" cinnamon stick and a bay leaf.

  • Add grinded onion tomato paste and fry for a while.

  • Now add strained black eyed peas and mix nicely . Fry for 5 mins.

  • Add 1/2 tspn chilly powder , 1/2 tspn salt or adjust according to ur taste, 1/4 tspn coriander powder , pinch of garam masala powder and pinch of turmeric. Mix all nicely and fry for 5 mins .

  • Next add tamarind juice and add required strained water of beans .

  • Let this boil nicely for 10-15 mins . Cook covered.

  • Finally add chopped coriander leaves and mix nicely. Switch off stove and serve it with rotis/ naan / pulkha. Serve it along with lemon wedges . This dish tastes yummy with a twist of lemon juice .


  1. Pooja said...
    Alasanda curry chala bagundi.....
    neehavijay said...
    Hi Preethi garu
    I tried your "black eyed peas curry"It came out very well.My husband liked it so much.He was asking me to make that curry again and again....
    Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe.
    Munsworld said...
    Dear Preethi,
    Thanks a lot for sharing ur receipes. They really turn out well.

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