Black eye beans

Soak 2 cups of beans for 1-2 hours
Pressure cook them for 2 whistles, approx 20minutes


  • Blend 1 white onion, 1 tomato, small chunk of ginger, 1 garlic pod and 2 green chillies
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil, let 1/2 tsp of black mustard seeds splutter
  • Add pinch of asafoetida, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp red chilli pwd, 2 tsp coriander pwd
  • Throw in few fresh curry leaves (I grow the plant at home)
  • Now add in the above onion blend
  • And 1 tsp dry lemon powder
  • Saute everything till it reduces to a drier paste
  • Now the pressure cooked beans, and more water
  • Salt to taste, and 1/2 tsp garam masala (Indian all spice)
  • Lid the pot and let the mixture cook for 10-15minutes

Meal pairing ideas:
Serve hot, garnished with fresh cilantro (and red onion slivers). Have a hearty portion with purple tortilla chips for a light lunch, or with brown rice and plantain for a heavier meal, or with a vegetable (okra or cabbage or eggplant), salad and fresh roti/naan for a complete dinner portion.

Health benefits:
As a vegetarian you must ensure to consume 2 bowls of beans or lentils daily for a good protein intake. Like most beans, black-eyed beans are rich in soluble fiber - which helps to eliminate cholesterol. They are a good source of folate, potassium, copper, phosphorous and manganese. As a high-potassium, low-sodium food they help reduce blood pressure. Beans also contain protease inhibitors which frustrate the development of cancerous cells.


Veggie Belly October 22, 2009  

I love all the flavors here! especially asafoetida and curry leaf! where can I get lemon powder?

Shweta Humad Sharma October 22, 2009  

I got mine from Kuwait, but I'd say a good sized Mediterranean store should carry it too. In Kuwait, they dry entire lemons, skin included and blend the whole thing, its a fine black powder and adds a tangy that's quite distinct from lime juice

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