These recipes using dried beans, black-eyed peas. Black- Eyed beans are known as alsandhalu in Telugu and karamani in Tamil. Black-eyed beans are rich in soluble fiber, which helps to eliminate cholesterol from the body.It has good source of folate, potassium, copper, phosphorous and manganese. As a high-potassium, low-sodium foods they help reduce blood pressure.
Black- Eyed Beans – 1 Cup
Garlic – 4 – 5 flakes – Crushed
Tamarind – A gooseberry sized ball
Onion – 3/4th of a big onion – Finely Chopped
Tomato – 1 and 1/2 of a medium tomato – Finely Chopped
Red chili powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Garam masala 2 tsps
Curry Leaves – 5
Dhaniya powder 1teaspoon
Mustard seeds – 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera – 1/2 Teaspoon
Ginger juliennes and fresh coriander leaves
How to make Black Eyed Beans Curry:
Wash and soak the beans in plenty of water for 7-8 hours. Wash and boil the beans till soft.
Quick method: Instead of soaking the beans, roast the beans very lightly and rinse. Now boil them till soft.Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup water.
Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and after they splutter, add jeera. Add fenugreek seeds and fry for a second in medium heat
Add onions pieces, crushed garlic and fry till they are translucent. Add tomato and a pinch of salt and fry till the oil separates. Add turmeric, chili powder, Cumin powder and dhaniya powder.
Add boiled beans and the tamarind water. Let it simmer till it thickens a bit.Cheak the consistency. If desired add little water in it .Add salt to taste and water to make gravy.
Garnish with juliennes of ginger and finely chopped fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot with plain boiled rice, salad and your favorite pickle.