Lobia Recipe – Chawli – Lobia Masala – Black Eyed Peas Curry

Authentic lobia recipe that is so easy to make, hearty and filled with flavor. Also called chawli.
chawli lobia masala

An easy, quick hearty meal, Indian black eyed peas or lobia

This Indian black eyed peas or lobia or rongi recipe is a delicious, flavorful dish which you may hear referenced as chawli or lobia masala. Chawli, lobia or rongi means black eyed peas. 

This version we make at home includes a ton of spinach for added nutrition.

Why make chawli or lobia masala?

  • Ready in 20 minutes
  • Vegan
  • Sneak in tons of spinach
Spinach in pot

Some of the key ingredients are:

  • Black eyed peas
  • Spinach
  • Onions
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Spices (see recipe card)
Chawli ingredients
Prep ingredients – wash spinach, chop onions, ginger and garlic. Drain and wash black eyed peas from can.

Making this lobia recipe

I used canned black eyed peas to make this recipe as it speeds up the process.

At a high level, you make chawli/lobia masala by:

  1. Prep the ingredients
  2. Heat oil in a pan cook onions, ginger, garlic and spices
  3. Add water
  4. Add black eyed peas, crushed tomatoes and spinach
  5. Cover and cook 4-5 minutes

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chawli or lobia masala

Lobia Palak Recipe – Chawli – Lobia Masala (Black eyed peas and spinach Indian dish)

Shilpa Joshi
Authentic lobia recipe that is so easy to make, hearty and filled with flavor. Also called chawli.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 208 kcal

Equipment

  • Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 31 oz black beans 2 cans (US) or about 878 g
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger minced
  • cup spinach packed
  • 10 curry leaves can skip if do not have, but gives good flavor
  • ¼ cup onions chopped
  • ¼ cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp asofetida hing
  • ¾ tsp salt adjust to taste
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder lal mirch
  • 1 tbsp cumin – coriander powder dhana jeeru blend
  • 1 cup water 8 oz
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions
 

  • Prep ingredients – wash spinach, chop onions, ginger and garlic. Drain and wash black eyed peas from can.
    Chawli ingredients
  • Heat oil in pan on medium. Once hot, add cumin seeds. Then after 1 min the asofetida.
    OIl with cumin seeds and asofetida
  • Add onions and cook 3-4 minutes until translucent. Then add in ginger and garlic.
    Onions, garlic, ginger in pan
  • After mixing the ginger and garlic and letting cook 30 seconds, add in the turmeric, cumin/coriander, turmeric, red chilli powder and curry leaves. Mix well. Add 1 cup of water and let come to boil.
    spices in tadka
  • Add in the black eyed peas
    Black eyed peas or chawli
  • Add in spinach and mix
    Spinach in pot
  • Add in crushed tomatoes, sugar and salt.
    tomatoes in lobia masala or chawli
  • Mix and let simmer 2-3 minutes. Taste and adjust salt as needed before serving.
    chawli or lobia masala

Notes

Serve with some jeera rice
Curry leaves give great flavor and can be found in Indian stores

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 14gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 317mgPotassium: 636mgFiber: 13gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1153IUVitamin C: 38mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 4mg
Keyword authentic Indian, chawli, lobia masala, lobia palak, lobia recipe
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