Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pudinewale Lobia Pulao (Rice & Black eyed peas in Mint Sauce)

Couple of weeks before, we had to move to a new locality & during the move I decided not to buy any grocery; as moving the grocery along with the other stuffs would be a labor intensive activity. Everyday, when I happened to open the kitchen cabinet, a bag full of black eyed peas used to stare at me. I avoided it for many days as the only thing I used to cook using black eyed peas was huLi(sambar or curry). Finally a day arrived when my kitchen had nothing other than black eyed bean.

Stubborn, adamant, anti-social are the right words(according to me; black eyed peas lovers, please dont get offended) for black eyed peas/lobia/alasande kalu. Put in soup, sambar, pasta or in pulao, it stands apart & doesnot absorb the spices easily. I have seen few fellow bloggers using black eyed peas in pulao. I was little skeptical about the usage of this particular legume/grain as I personally feel that black eyed peas stand apart in most of the dishes it is put in. It doesnot absorb the spices easily unless skillfully cooked.So, I thought of defeating the black eyed beans with some very strong flavored spice/vegetable. The first thing that striked me was " Mint(Pudina)" followed by "Dill (Sabsige Soppu) leaves", "Garlic" & list went on. As mint was handy, I went ahead & prepared the pulao. Mint to a most extent succeeded to defeat the black eyed peas & wore the crown for that day. Three cheers to mint, he he..


Mint leaves/Pudina: 1 cup (tightly packed)
Black eyed peas: 1 cup
Basmati Rice: 2.5 cups
Onion: 2 nos (1 finely chopped & the other coarsely chopped)
Cinnamon: 2 inch stick
Cardamom: 2 nos
Poppy seeds/Khus khus/gasagase: 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut: 3 tbsp
Ginger: 1 inch
Green chilli: 3 nos
Salt: According to taste
Water: 5 cups
Yogurt/Curd: 1/4th cup
Oil: 2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds: 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds: 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder: 1/2 tsp (optional)
Lemon Juice: 1 tbsp (optional)

  • Soak the black eyed peas in water for 8-10 hours.
  • Make a smooth paste of mint, cinnamon, cardamom, coconut, poppy seeds, green chilli, ginger, onion by adding sufficient water.
  • Heat a broad pan & add oil to it. When oil is hot, add mustard & cumin seeds.
  • When seeds crackle; add finely chopped onions & saute till onions turn golden brown.
  • Add the masala paste to the pan & fry till the raw smell of masala disappears (around 2-3 mins).
  • Add soaked black eyed peas, 1/2 cup of water & cook on a medium flame until the black eyed beans are almost cooked (it should still be firm & soft). It took a little more than 30 minutes for me to get the black eyed peas cooked.
  • Meantime, wash the rice in running water & soak it for 15-20 mins.
  • Add the remaining water, rice, salt, chilli powder to the same pan & cook it on a medium heat until rice is 90% cooked (Best indicator is : grains would be bigger & little soft. One needs to apply a little pressure between the fingers to press the rice). During this stage, add yogurt, gently mix & cook it covered on a low heat for another 7-10minutes.
  • Open the lid only when you need to serve the pulao. Add lemon juice, gently mix & serve it hot/warm with a raitha of your choice.


  1. I would pressure cook the mint sauce with black eyed peas next time when I prepare this dish. I feel, this would reduce the cooking time of this pulao to a great extent.
  2. I have not added garlic in this recipe as I try to avoid it whenever possible. Feel free to use according to your choice.
  3. Adding yogurt at the final stage & cooking the pulao on a low heat gives the pulao a slight biryani touch & tastes great.



  2. Nice click sushma ..looks very healthy and tasty :)

  3. Oh wow you made those stubborn beans listen to you and they obediently gave flavour to your recipe......looks yum....

  4. I love black eyed beans, rice looks very flavorful :)

  5. yummy one...i used to prepare this very often....but in a different way

  6. Cool recipe to use up old black eyed beans.. besides I do not have a problem with the beans either :)

  7. Alasande pulao chennagide ri..vade madidde naanu, next time pulao maadthini iri..

  8. Collect your award from my blog.

  9. Wow thats pulao is really mouthwatering and gr8 click ..first time here loved ur space yah.. will be here often. Keep going



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