Alasandalu kura | Bobbarlu curry recipe

Alasandalu kura | Bobbarlu curry
Alasandalu kura | Bobbarlu curry
         Black eyed beans (cow peas) are called alasandalu or bobbarlu in telugu, alasandi in kannada and Lobia in hindi. Apart from making Alasanda | Lobia vada, these are also used to make curry. These are soaked overnight then cooked till soft and used in curries. I like to use these beans with some veggie like lauki (sorakaya), potato, sweet potato or beetroot. you can even use spinach (palak) or amaranth or some soya chunks.These just taste great with any veggie. So use the veggies of your choice. I happened to prepare this  Alasandalu kura | Bobbarlu curry on a day when I had no stock of veggies except a potato and a tomato. This goes well with roti, puri , parathas and rice

Ingredients
1 cup of soaked alasandalu / black eyed beans
½ cup of chopped onions
1 green chili
1 small tomato (optional)
1 large potato, boiled and cubed
1 sprig curry leaves
¾ tsp. ginger garlic paste (can use only ginger too)
½ tsp chili powder
Generous pinch of kitchen king masala (optional, can use any garam masala if desired)
pinch of mustard
pinch of cumin
oil as needed
Method
1.   Wash and soak black eyed beans for at least 8 to 10 hrs.
2.   Pressure cook till soft not mushy. I pressure cook for 2 whistles
3.   Take 2 tbsps. of boiled beans and grind to smooth paste with little water. set aside the rest of the beans
4.   Heat a pan with oil, add curry leaves, chili, mustard and cumin,once they begin to crackle, add hing
5.   Add onions, sprinkle some salt and fry till they turn pink
6.   Add ginger garlic paste and sauté
7.   Add tomato, turmeric and little more salt. fry till the tomatoes turn mushy, totally mushy. this is important
8.   Add boiled potatoes and sauté for a min
9.   Add red chili powder and fry for a min
10.                pour water as needed and bring it to a boil
11.                Add the ground paste, beans and garam masala. Cook on a low flame for 5 to 7 mins with the lid closed.
Serve with roti or rice
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