Lobia Masala Recipe

Lobia Masala
Lobia Masala

Punjabi lobia masala curry is the spicy and very popular delicacy of North India. This curry recipe is simply made with black eyed beans. Lobia is cooked in a unique form of tomato based gravy on low heat and tastes really very good with rice or roti. I generally cook this dish in dry gravy and serve with plain Indian chapati. But if you want more gravy, then add more water in it.

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Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 cups lobia (black eyed beans)
  • 1 big onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 inch piece of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Amul fresh cream
  • Fresh coriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp oil for saute
  • 4 cups of water

 How to make Lobia Masala :

  1. Wash and soak the lobia in luke warm water for about 4 hours or for overnight.
  2. Pressure cook the lobia for 4 whistles, by adding enough amount of water and a pinch of salt.
  3. Cook until tenders and set aside.
  4. Heat the 2 tbsp of oil in a big frying pan, add ginger, garlic , green chili and chopped onion.
  5. Saute for few seconds, until onions turn soft.
  6. Add tomatoes and cook till tomatoes turns pulpy and little mashed.
  7. Allow the gravy to cool aside and then grind to a fine paste by adding little water in it.
  8. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a saucepan and add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon and cumin seeds.
  9. When the seeds starts to sputter,  add the prepared gravy paste along with pepper powder, coriander powder, turmeric, red chili powder and salt.
  10. Saute till gravy is dry and then add boiled lobia with little water and mix very well into gravy.
  11. Let it cook for 6-7 minutes till it thickens.
  12. Serve with plain Indian roti or naan.

Chef Tips:

I have cooked dry lobia masala, if you want more gravy in this, then add more water.


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