Thursday, December 3, 2009

Black Eyed Pea Gravy

Black Eyed Pea is also known as cow peas in English. It is called Karamani in Tamil. They are good source of iron, calcium and protein. I just adore this as it can be cooked in so many ways. It can be cooked with rice to make pulao, can be used to prepare sambar, sundal, salad, side dish, gravy or it can be puréed and used as a spread for sandwiches etc. Today we will learn how to make black eyed pea (lobia in Hindi) or karamani gravy following this easy recipe. 

Black eyed pea curry/gravy

Black Eyed Pea Gravy-Karamani Gravy

Black Eyed Pea Gravy

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Black eyed pea/cowpeas – 1 cup
   Finely chopped onions – 1 cup
   Finely chopped tomatoes -1 cup
   Ginger finely chopped -1 tsp
   Garlic finely chopped – 3 cloves
   Salt as required

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
   Chilli powder – ½ tsp (or as required)
   Cumin seeds/jeera powder – 1 tsp
   Coriander powder – 2 tsp
   Garam masala powder – 1 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil – 2 tbsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp


Soak the black eyed peas/karamani overnight or for 5 hours.

Pressure cook with little salt and cook for 3 whistles or until soft.Blend a tbsp of black eyed peas and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, when it sizzles, add finely chopped onions and sauté till it turns golden brown. Add a little salt to speed up the process.Keep stirring for even browning.

Then add ginger, garlic and sauté for a few more minutes.

Add tomatoes, turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin seed powder, coriander powder and salt needed (Add less salt as we have added to onions and for cooking black eyed peas).

Cook till tomatoes turn mushy.

Now add garam masala, cooked black eyes peas, ground black eyes peas and ¾ th cup of water and simmer for 10 minutes.

The consistency of the gravy should neither be thick nor thin. So adjust water accordingly.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it with roti or chapatti or rice or have it hot with evening tea.

I am sending this recipe to Srivalli who is hosting My Legume Love Affair-18 th helping - event originated by Susan

Meet you all again with more interesting tips and recipes, until then it is adieu from Padhu.


  1. Looks absolutely delicious.Love Ur Presentation.

  2. I love black eyed peas... my gravy is similar to yours but occasionally I add some channa masala to it for a different flavor and taste :-)

  3. Thank you for the lovely entry!..I love black eyed pea..

  4. delicious and healthy...following you so that I can catch up with your new recipes..:-)

  5. This is my fav curry...perfect with rice

  6. wowo.delicious urry dear...perfect for event.

  7. That is a lovely entry- never did with karamani a curry!

  8. Very healthy and delicious recipe. Goes well with rice and roti. Thanx for sharing. A wonderful click too.


  9. nice reicpe.never tired karamani in gravy.Lovely dish

  10. I can eat black eyed bean as it is so to be in agravy will be a treat...

  11. Nice recipe..perfect gravy with hot rice..

  12. hi there, this looks like a really good recipe! I'm definitely going to bookmark this one to try one day.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  13. Black eyed peas are very popular here in the south. Yours looks so good, I want to try it!

  14. What a healthy and delicious looking dish! I love the presentation and the recipe. Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely give it a try:)

  15. Black Eye Pea is my fav..Love ur curry!!
    may be i will soak some black eye pea tonight..

  16. Looks yummyy.......I also make it same way...

  17. wonderful recipe....

  18. I never had such a great gravey so this is indeed a great dish. :)

  19. Absolutely lovely.. I have been wondering how to use it.. in a gravy.. Coz I have always used Karamani in southindian sabji's ..thanks for sharing..

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  22. very good recipe..It best suits for chapatis..I had been searching for a good side dish..this worked out very well...thank you so much..

  23. Tried this recipe.. tasted great :)

  24. Hi Padhu, u mentioned that it can be pureed and made as spread. Cooked or uncooked? Procedure pls

    1. Cooked and mashed or pureed black eyed pea with spices, herbs seasoning can be used as a spread for sandwich.

  25. Tried today n it came out good. Thanks for the receipe.


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