Friday, May 04, 2007

Saag Lobia

I love Black Eyes Peas. No, not the band, but the beans :) A rich cream color with a black spot, like someone has put a "tikka" to ward off the evil eye :) On my last trip to the Farmer's market I had picked up a bunch of Spinach. This Spinach - Lobia combo was a feast for the palate.

1 cup black eyes peas, soaked overnight in warm water
1 bunch spinach, cleaned and chopped coarsely
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1" ginger, grated
3 green chillies, chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste

In a pressure cooker, add spinach + beans + 2 cups water + turmeric powder. Cook for 2 whistles, remove from heat and let the cooker cool down.
Meanwhile, in a pan, heat oil and add the cumin seeds. When they begin to sizzle, add the the chopped onion. When onion begins to turn pink add the garlic + ginger + chopped green chillies. Cook for a couple of minutes, then add the chopped tomato + cumin powder + coriander powder + salt. Cook till the oil separates and the tomatoes are cooked.
Add the cooked Spinach-Bean to the pan and mix well. Cook on medium low heat for 10 minutes till all the flavors have blended. Serve hot with Naan / Rice. Enjoy!!


Asha said...

Hey,I like the band too!;D

Looks wonderful,really filling and nutritious too.Thanks for the recipe:)

Mythreyee said...

Oooooh! I did a similar gravy with the black eyed beans. Looks wonderful. Surely will try with spinach which makes the gravy more healthy.

musical said...

Thats really wonderful, dear! i love lobia, A LOT! this one looks so yummy. makes me feel hungry. i HAVE to try this one!

Coffee said...

YUP!!!! I love it too!!!!!!

shilpa(Aayisrecipes) said...

Ahh looks delicious. We too have some similar dish with black eyed beans and amaranth leaves in Konkani cuisine, but I think the taste is totally different. I will try this dish sometime.

Vani said...

I love lobia too! I like the flavour of it the most among all beans. Adding spinach makes it more wholesome. Nice recipe!

Vini K said...

Hey Sangeeta,lobia looks delicious.Another dish to add to my repertoire!