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Monday, July 28, 2008

Alasandalu kura ~ Black-eyed peas curry

Alasandalu kura ~ Black-eyed peas curry

Alasandalu ~ Black-eyed peas or cow peas in English, also known as Bobbarlu in Telugu, Karamani in Tamil, Lobia in Hindi, Chavli in Marathi and Alasande in Kannada. Cow peas are a good source of Calcium, Folate and Vitamin A apart from protein and fiber, hence it is very useful to kids and, pregnant women also.

Preparation, uses, and tips:
Before cooking dried peas, soak them for four hours, then pressure cook for ten minutes, or simmer on the stove for one hour or till tender. 1 cup dried black-eyed peas yields approximately 2 1/2 cups of cooked peas. Cooked black-eyed peas can be puréed into a delicious spread for sandwiches or crackers. There are varieties of dishes in India, made by using black-eyed peas as main ingredient. One such simple recipe is the curry which goes well with any bread, rice and nans, phulkas, rotis/indian flat bread. For more on the nutritional value of black-eyed peas click

Alasandalu Kura

Source: Myself
Cuisine: South Indian, Andhra
Prep time: 7 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Soaking time: 4 hrs or overnight
Makes: 4-5 people
1 C alasandalu/black-eyed peas,raw
2 C water for boiling the peas

1 medium onion white or red, finely chopped
1 large tomato, finely chopped
2 green chillies, halve them n chop finely
3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 T tamarind pulp/chintapandu pulupu
6-7 curry leaves
1 T fresh cilantro, chopped
1 T cayenne pepper, chilli powder (adjust accordingly)
a pinch of turmeric powder
1 t each of cumin/jeera and mustard/rai seeds
1T any cooking oil
salt as per taste
1/2 C water


  • Soak alasandalu/black-eyed peas overnight or minimum for four hours. Wash them thoroughly and pressure cook them with two cups of water and a pinch of salt. Drain and keep aside.
  • In a large pot or kadai, heat oil and add the seasoning: cumin and mustard seeds. Let it fry for a min and then add curry leaves and chopped garlic. Fry till the aroma of garlic fills the room.
  • Add onions and salt to sweat them. Fry till the onions are translucent or turn pink for about 3 mins then add chopped tomatoes, green chillies and let them cook for 6-7 mins or till the tomatoes turn mushy mushy and starts to leave the oil. Lastly add the cooked black eyes peas/ alasandalu and stir well till as the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Add turmeric and chilli powder and tamarind pulp/chintapandu pulupu to it. Check for salt, add half cup water and let it simmer on low flame till all flavors blend well.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or rotis/indian flat bread or any bread. We had ours with Jonna rotti~ Bhakri
I am sending this to Cooking 4 all seasons for Curry Mela hosted by Srivalli. Hope this qualifies!

ther peas/beans curries from my kitchen:

Avarekaalu Usli


Cham said...

I also made a kura with black eye peas last saturd but with Fresh one! I did not posted yet. Looks delicious ur curry and different than mine :) Got 2 try ur version too...

Dori said...

I'm always up for some beans! Looks really yummy!

Sum Raj said...

looks tempting and great combo with chappathi...nice colour too

ST said...

Alasandalu kura chaala chaala bagundi.....Looks inviting....

Sia said...

that looks so delicious padma.. by the way, did u mail me ur entries for WBB-Summer feast? i dont seem to recive them

Uma said...

mmm. delcious kura with alasandalu. so colorful. Cute coffee click too!

Shreya said...

really nice curry..very healthy.. like the post:-) love the coffee stain pic!

Richa said...

hey Padma, how hv u been?
black eye peas curry looks good.

Chef Jeena said...

Black eyed peas looks delicious. :-)

bee said...

i love black-eyed peas and this looks creamy and perfect.

Viji said...

The curry is beautifully picturized. Viji

Anonymous said...

Hi Padma... the curry looks yummy....
I have something for you in my blog.. do check out!!

Deepthi Shankar said...

i make the same with green gram n posted it yesterday .. havent tried with black eyed peas. looks good. will try ur version too

Kumudha said...

I have some black-eyed peas in my pantry. I had no idea what to do with it.

I should make this tasty looking curry!

Jaya M said...

This looks so good and moth-watering
hugs and smiles

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I love beans and lentils. Never prepared black-eyed beans this way. Looks good.

Srivalli said...

That looks lovely padma..thanks for the entry...nice new profile picture!..:)

Susan said...

Just read your comment question on this dish now that I am back from break. It's a beauty, Padma. Yes, please send it to me for My Legume Love Affair 2. W/in the next few days will be fine. I won't be posting the round-up until late this coming week, so no worries about today's deadline. Happy to have you on board.

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Anonymous said...

This recipe is to die for!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks padma for ur delicious recipe..i made it today it turned out yummy!! my husband really enjoyed it!! But the color wasn't like urs, maybe becoz i fried the spices before mixing the peas..

Jamie said...

This looks DELICIOUS! So thick and creamy and I love bean dishes anyway. Great recipe!

Unknown said...

padma gaaru mee alasandalu tayaru chese vidhanam chakkaga chepparu chala thanks andi.

Anonymous said...

Dear Padma
One of the ingredients for your Black eyed pea curry is "Tamarind Pulp". Please excuse my ignorance (I'm new to making curries), but how do I make Tamarind Pulp? Can I buy already pulpped? Or does that need preparation as well?
Thank you, Padma.

Anonymous said...

boil tamarind for 2-3 min and soak for 10 min then strain it and use.hope this will help u

Divya said...

I have tried this recipe today and it turned out to be very tasty.I have used the black-eyed peas tin brought from the store. Thanks for the simple and easy recipe.

Anonymous said...

I just tried ur recipe and I must say it was awesome. I always gave up making black eyed peas because it never came out perfect. Thanks for d recipe it's awesome

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