Thursday, March 19, 2009

Black-eyed pea soup/ Lobia Dal Soup

Black-eyed Pea Soup, Lobia Dal SoupI love lentil and bean soups. I got the idea to make this one from my friend who ate this black -eyed pea/Lobia dal soup quite often while she was on the famous Delhi based dietitian, Shikha Sharma's diet plan. She mentioned how delicious one can make it apart from it being filling and nutritious. However, this recipe is my own variation. In addition to a high protein content, black-eyed peas serve as an excellent source of calcium and are also high in vitamin A and folic acid.


1 cup black-eyed peas/ Lobia
pinch of turmeric
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 teaspoon red chilli powder/paprika
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped spinach leaves
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup spring onions
1 cup stock or 1 soup cube dissolved in 1 cup warm water

1. Soak one cup black-eyed peas/lobia dal overnight
2. Boil in 3 cups water with salt and a pinch of turmeric/ haldi. If in a pressure cooker, 2 whistles on a high flame and 12-14 minutes on a simmered flame are enough.
3. Heat 1/2 a tablespoon of oil in a pan, add chopped onion and garlic and stir. Add 1 teaspoon red chilli powder / paprika (optional)
4. Add tomatoes and stir till they break down and cook completely.
Add the chopped carrots, spring onions, peas, spinach leaves, and stir for 5 minutes.
6. Add one cup of chicken or vegetable stock. One soup cube will do too. If using a soup cube, dissolve it in a cup of warm water and add to the pot.
7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
8. Add the black-eyed peas/Lobia Dal and the water it boiled in. Boil together till desired thickness and consistency.


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poo said...

made this bowl of soul food today -thanks ria - "healthy and tasty"!

how do u think it will taste with some sausage thrown in?

Ria Patel said...

Hi Poo, it will taste even better with sausage. First fry the sausage and it will leave its own oil, then chuck in the other veggies and lobia etc.

Rukminee said...

This sounds great Ria - a bit like the lentil soup the Germans used to feed me through the winter there, with a leg of a pig thrown into it of course! Will try it out.

Subhayan "Wrahool" Mukerjee said...

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hope u enjoy that, my mum was quite impressed by urs!!!

Amrita said...

Hi Ria, this looks a a good recipe for a winter 's day. I will try it today