The Indian black-eyed pea curry or ‘Punjabi Lobia Masala’, as the dish is popularly known as in northern India, is considered to be warm and comforting food as the beans add a rich and buttery flavor to the dish. Black-eyed peas are considered a multicultural symbol of upcoming good fortune and is specifically prepared on New Year’s Day to bring in good luck and prosperity. The great thing about black eyed peas is that they don’t take as long as other legumes to cook. This recipe not only tastes great but can be modified as per one’s taste and liking. It’s hearty, rich in fiber, high in protein and a good source of calcium. Serve this black-eyed pea curry with rice or naan or you can eat a bowl of it on its own to satiate your hunger.
The dish can be served with pav, rice pulao, naan or any bread of your choice and still will taste good. For extra taste and flavor, you can squeeze in some fresh lemon juice on to and serve it with a garnish of slit green chilies.