Sunday, May 22, 2016



This healthy dish of legume and greens was made as a Guest Post for my friend, Suchitra Kamath Bhat who has an interesting blog full of healthy recipes called,"Su's Healthy Living." Do check it out some time.

The main ingredients in this dish are Black Eyed Beans and Dill Leaves (called Lobia and Suva Bhaji in Hindi respectively). Dill leaves are called Shepu in Marathi/Konkani and Sabsigge Soppu in Kannada. You might be interested to know that Black Eyed Beans ( also known as Black Eyed Peas) have many health benefits while Dill Leaves have a distinctive and special flavour all of their own.

You can enjoy this dish with rotis or as a side dish with the main meal.

  • Lobia ( Black Eyed Beans), 1 cup
  • Suva Bhaji ( Fresh Dill Leaves), chopped, 2 cups
  • Rai ( Mustard Seeds), 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera (Cumin Seeds), 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a sprig
  • Green Chillies, slit, 3-4, or as per taste
  • Garlic Pods, finely chopped, 3
  • Large sized Onion, chopped, 1
  • Salt, to taste
  • Lemon juice, 2-3 tsp
  • Oil, 1 tbsp

Wash and soak the lobia overnight or for 8-10 hours
Next morning, pour out the excess water
In a pressure cooker, cook the soaked lobia in adequate water for 1-2 whistles or till done
Take care to see that the lobia does not get overcooked
Once the cooker has cooled remove the cooked lobia and keep it aside
Heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai and when it gets hot add the mustard seeds,
When they splutter, add the cumin seeds and when they sizzle add the curry leaves and saute for a few seconds
Next add the slit green chillies, chopped garlic, and onion and saute till the onion becomes translucent and the garlic gives off a nice aroma
Add the chopped dill leaves, cooked beans, salt to taste and mix well
Cover and cook on medium flame till the dill leaves get done
Finally add the lemon juice and mix well.
Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot with rotis

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