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Black Eyed Peas Curry

Black Eyed Peas Curry

A vegetarian bean dish made with sorrel spinach is perfect as a flavorful side dish or served as a main meal with rice or roti.
By Pavani Hideout

Black Eyed Peas Curry

Gongura Bobbarla Kura or Sorrel Spinach and Black eyed Peas curry is an Indian favorite.

I saw this recipe with gongura and black eyed peas on a Telugu cooking show and it looked very different from what we usually make with sorrel spinach. Garden fresh greens cook up in no time to create a side dish or meal. This healthy and delicious curry goes well with both rice and roti for a main dish.

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Black Eyed Peas Curry


Black Eyed Peas Curry

A vegetarian black eyed pea dish made with sorrel spinach is perfect as a flavorful side dish or served as a main meal with rice or roti.

  • Author: Pavani Hideout
  • Yield: 2 to 3 servings
  • Category: Main, Side
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Gongura – 2 cups, chopped
  • Black eyed peas (bobbarlu) – ½cup
  • Onion – 1 small, finely chopped
  • Tomato – 1 small, finely chopped
  • Ginger+garlic paste – ½tsp
  • Green Chilies – 2, slit
  • Turmeric powder – ¼tsp
  • Red Chili powder – ½tsp
  • Ground Coriander – ½tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1tsp
  • Chana dal – ½tsp
  • Urad dal – ½tsp
  • Dry red chili – 1
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt – to taste


  1. Soak black eyed peas for 2~3 hours, then pressure cook them until soft and tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add dry red chili, chana dal, urad dal, mustard and cumin seeds. Once the seeds start to splutter, add the curry leaves and green chilies. Cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Next add onions and ginger+garlic paste, cook for 2~3 minutes or the onions are crisp tender. Don’t overcook the onions, curry tastes great if they are left a little crunchy.
  4. Add the chopped gongura and turmeric. Cover and cook till the leaves wilt and are cooked through.
  5. Next add the tomato, red chili powder, coriander powder and salt. Cover and cook till the tomato gets mushy, about 2~3 minutes.
  6. Finally add the cooked black eyed peas and little water, mix well, cover and cook for 4~5minutes for the flavors to mingle. Serve with rice or roti.

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