Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Curry (Lobia Masala)

With practically no prep involved, this Indian style Black Eyed Pea Curry is a breeze to make using my frozen onion tomato masala in the Instant Pot!

Vegan and gluten-free, I love this curry with rice!

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black eyed pea curry in a blue bowl with a lemon wedge and a ring of onion

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Ever since I posted my frozen onion tomato masala recipe, I have been getting so many requests on posting more recipes using the masala

I have already shared two recipes before- the kale garlic dal and aloo baingan and now here’s the third one. 

A super simple Black Eyed Pea Curry made the Indian way! 

We call black eyed pea as “lobia”, Sarvesh is punjabi and so he calls it “rongi”.

In India, black eyed peas are usually cooked as a curry, at least in north India. I remember mom making a simple lobia masala sometimes when we got tired of the dal.

This is like a very basic everyday Indian recipe, there are no fancy ingredients here.

Sometimes when I post these simple curries, I hear back from some people that oh the curry was thin or not creamy enough. The Indian restaurants in the western world have painted such a wrong picture of India food so I get where those comments come from.

Basic everyday Indian food is like this- super simple and yes curry is thin. The addition of butter, cream, cashews etc. is done for special dishes. We do not each such rich curries like paneer tikka masala or butter paneer everyday. 

At least, my mom made them only for special occasions. For everyday we ate curries like this black eyed pea curry. 

black eyed pea curry in instant pot

This Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Curry

✓ is vegan and gluten-free

✓ perfect meal for busy days since there’s no prep involved

✓ uses frozen onion tomato masala for easy dinner

✓ is healthy and nutritious

I did soak my black eyed peas for 2 to 3 hours before using in the recipe. If you don’t have time, it’s okay you may skip the soaking part. However if you can, do soak the beans. It’s just better for digestion.

This is the kind of meal you can make in no time after you are coming back from a vacation or after you had a long day at work. 

Once you have the onion masala ready, it’s only about putting everything together in the pot. I used 1 cup of frozen masala here.

Since I measure and store 1/4 cup of masala in each cube, it’s super easy to take it out and add to the pot. No guess work! That’s why it’s so important to freeze in individual portions.

You can read more about the onion tomato masala HERE. I also discuss how I store it, so do check out that post if you plan to the make the masala and freeze it.

black eyed pea curry in a blue bowl with two spoons and lemon wedge in the background

The masala already has onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and some basic spices in it. So all I needed to add was some cumin seeds and a little bit of extra garam masala and red chili powder.

That’s it, I didn’t add any other spices. If you are following a no-oil diet, you can even skip the oil and just dump everything in the pot and pressure cook.

This masala comes in so handy on busy days. I hope you guys find this useful.

And I promise to share more recipes using the frozen onion tomato masala. Stay tuned!

Method

*Soak the black eyed pea in 3 cups water for 2-3 hours. This step is optional, but recommended.

1- Press the saute button on the instant pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil and then add the bay leaf and cumin seeds. Let the seeds sizzle for few seconds.

2- Then add 1 cup of the frozen onion tomato masala. I used 4 cubes (I freeze in individual portions of 1/4 cup masala per cube in these OXO Ice Cube Trays).

3-  Add water, 1.5 to 2 cups, depending on how thick or thin you want your curry. I add 2 cups since it also thickens as it cools down.

4- Add the red chili powder, garam masala and salt.

step by step pictures of making instant pot black eyed pea curry

5- Add the black eyed pea and stir.

6- Close the pot with its lid. Press the pressure cook or manual button and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

7- Open the lid and stir the curry. Add in the cilantro.

8- Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.

step by step pictures of making instant pot black eyed pea curry

Enjoy this black eyed pea curry with rice or quinoa!

black eyed pea curry in a blue bowl with two spoons and lemon wedge and bowl of rice in the background

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Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Curry (Lobia Masala)

Simple Indian style Black Eyed Pea Curry made in the Instant Pot! This vegan and gluten-free curry is a breeze to make with pre-made onion tomato masala!

black eyed pea curry in a blue bowl with a lemon wedge and a ring of onion
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword black eyed pea curry
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 181 kcal
Author: Manali
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup black eyed peas (lobia), dried, 200 grams, soaked for 2 to 3 hours, soaking is optional but I recommend it
  • 2 teaspoons oil, 10 ml, I used avocado oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup onion tomato masala, frozen
  • 1.5-2 cups water, 12-16 oz, depending on how thin you want the curry
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • small lemon, juice of

Instructions

  1. Soak the black eyed pea in 3 cups water for 2-3 hours. This step is optional, but recommended.

  2. Press the saute button on the instant pot. Once it displays hot, add the oil and then add the bay leaf and cumin seeds. Let the seeds sizzle for few seconds.

  3. Then add 1 cup of the frozen onion tomato masala. I used 4 cubes (I freeze in individual portions of 1/4 cup masala per cube in these OXO Ice Cube Trays).

  4. Add water, 1.5 to 2 cups, depending on how thick or thin you want your curry. I add 2 cups since it also thickens as it cools down.

  5. Add the red chili powder, garam masala and salt.

  6. Add the black eyed pea and stir.

  7. Close the pot with its lid. Press the pressure cook or manual button and cook on high pressure for 25 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

  8. Open the lid and stir the curry. Add in the cilantro. Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.

  9. Enjoy this black eyed pea curry with rice or quinoa!

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Black Eyed Pea Curry (Lobia Masala)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 304mg 13%
Potassium 464mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 2g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 20.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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