Lal Lobia (Red black-eyed peas)

Yes, there is such a thing as “red” black-eyed peas and yes, they are delicious!!! Also rich in iron, zinc, folates (a type of B vitamin), I prefer the flavor of these over their regular cousin the black eyed peas.

This recipe pairs red black-eyed peas with fresh dill greens for an interesting twist.  I first ate this prepared in a very rustic, wholesome and simple way in an equally rustic and rural setting – at the restaurant located in the forest resort of the popular Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park in south-central Karnataka… the state in which I was born, of which the capital is Bangalore and the state which my parents now call home after 45+ years of living in the madness that is Mumbai.

I was pleasantly surprised to taste this otherwise unusual pairing but which, the cook on site assured me was very common in these rural parts up in the hills of southern Karnataka.

Here is my version which is just a little more runny and watery so we can eat it with rice versus the one that was served up with the staple Indian flat bread – roti.

This calls for a trip to Indian store to bring home some red black eye beans.
Soak 2 cups of these dried beans overnight and cook with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ginger paste or fresh grated, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric and 1/8 tsp asafotida….see below. I use a pressure cooker.

Now dice 1/2 medium sized red onion like so, no garlic needed for this recipe… I’m just being lazy and reusing my photo…


In a wok, heat your favorite cooking oil (2-3 tbsp), add a 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds when heated and swirls form. Mustard seeds will sizzle and pop…reduce heat
Now add the diced onion and cook till it looks like this –kc8jpg

Next, add the chopped up dill greens and saute for about 3-5 minutes, depending on how you like your dill cooked 🙂


Next, add the cooked, seasoned beans, adding as much bean water as you think you’d like… if you plan to eat with bread you can make it a little dry if you want to eat it with brown rice you can add up to a cup of the water you set aside.


There! You’re done!!




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