Chowli / Black eyed bean curry

How to prepare Black eyed bean curry ?IMG_5671






  • chowli / black eyed beans- 2 cups
  • tomatoes – 3
  • chilli – 1
  • ginger – half inch piece
  • cumin seeds – 2 tsp
  • carom seeds – 1 tsp
  • asafoetida – a pinch
  • turmeric powder- a pinch
  • red chilli powder/ cayenne pepper- 1 tsp
  • butter/ ghee – 2 tbsp
  • rajma masala powder – 1 tbsp
  • salt to taste
  • fresh coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (garnish)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • sugar – 1/2 tsp (optional)


  • Soak chowli overnight and pressure cook them and keep aside.
  • Place the tomatoes, chilli and ginger in a blender and blend them into a paste and keep aside.
  • In a wok/ kadai, heat the butter or ghee on medium high heat.
  • Once the ghee/ butter is hot add the cumin and carom seeds and asafoetida and fry it for a minute.
  • To the above add red chilli powder/ cayenne pepper and fry it for a minute.
  • Now, add the rajma masala powder and fry it for a minute .
  • To the above add the tomatoes paste and roast it.
  • Add the boiled / cooked chowli to the tomatoes and add salt and mix well.
  • Let them boil for 10 minutes for the beans to soak the masalas. Mash the beans a little bit with a potato masher and mix well.
  • Now, remove from heat. Add lemon juice , sugar(optional) and coriander and mix well.
  • Serve the chowli sabzi with rotis/ puris or rice to Krishna and enjoy His prasadam.