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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 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Gujarati, Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 208 kcal


  • Pot


  • 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


  • 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


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


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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