Like all legumes, Chowli (a.k.a Black eyed beans or Black eyed peas / Lobhia in Hindi or Lathenede Beeje in Tulu) are an excellent source of fiber, protein and essential vitamins and minerals. I am very fond of legumes and one way or the other I find a way to include it in our daily meals. This recipe is very easy to make and you can leave out garlic-ginger paste or green chilies if you like (which I do sometimes) to make it even more simple. Also, you don’t necessarily need to grind the onions and tomatoes into a paste, I do that (sometimes) because it gives the curry a nice consistency. This particular legume is my favorite food – it is healthy to eat and satisfies my soul. Interestingly, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s day is thought to bring prosperity. Whatever your reason is to make this Chowli subzi, I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I do.
PER SERVING: 92.65 calories; Calories from Fat: 22.93; Total Fat: 2.61g; Saturated Fat: 0.39g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 201.43g; Potassium: 346.32mg; Total Carbs: 15.55g; Fiber: 3.69g; Sugar: 3.17g;Protein: 2.56g
Preparation Time: 10 minutes [ Needs overnight soaking]
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 medium sized onion
- 2 cloves garlic,crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger crushed into a paste
- 1 medium sized tomato
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder
- 1-2 green chilies, cut lengthwise
- 1 cup chowli (black eyed peas), soaked overnight (this will double up to almost 2 cups)
- 1 teaspoon garam masala (optional)
- coriander (dhania) for garnishing
- In a pressure cooker, add one tablespoon of oil and fry the onions along with ginger and garlic till they turn golden brown.
- Add the tomatoes and fry them for 5-10 minutes till they turn soft and mushy.
- Add the chilli powder and salt and stir it for a second or two and then grind this to a fine paste along with green chilies.[ Wait till the onion /tomato gravy cools down before you grind it – approximately 10-15 minutes]
- Meanwhile pressure cook the chowli with 2 cups water till they are done (my cooker needs 4 whistles). Add the ground paste to the cooked chowli and simmer it for 10 minutes and then mix in garam masala (if using).
- Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or roti.