Monday, February 1, 2010

Saddadiya Chola (Black eyed peas in yogurt gravy)

This dish is another favorite which reminds me of home. Easy to cook and one hot bowlful with steaming rice or fluffy rotis is a perfect meal on a cold evening. The peas - called chola in Gujarati and lobia in the north - are tangy because of the yogurt, spicy due to green chilies and with a hint of sugar to balance it all out.


3 cups black eyed peas (chola)
3 tablespoons yogurt
5-6 green chilies
4 garlic cloves
1 inch stick ginger
Pinch asafoetida (hing)
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar or 1/2 inch cube jaggery
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
1/2 cup water
1-2 tablespoons chopped coriander

Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. When hot add the asafoetida, cumin and mustard seeds. When they start crackling, add the chilies, ginger and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes on medium heat just when the garlic starts browning. Next add the boiled peas to this and stir. Add sugar and spices along with the water and cook on low-medium heat for 10 minutes for the peas and spices to mesh together, stirring occasionally. When the peas and spices are cooked add the yogurt. If the curry becomes too thick, add some water to thin it out. Cook for couple of minutes till the yogurt is well incorporated and the gravy starts to bubble. Add the chopped coriander and serve hot.


Jagruti said...

oh wow...something new to me , i make them with garlic..that's all...really yummy and tempting..

Priya said...

Delicious curry, looks fantastic and prefect with rotis na..

Sushma Mallya said...

Something very different from the usual gravy,looks delicious...

Gulmohar said...

Interesting recipe..
Thanks for visiting Collaborative curry.Glad to find your creative space :-) See you more often !

ARUNA said...

Nice curry, never used yogurt...looks yumm!

Madhavi said...

Hummm very nice recipe, and looks yummooooo!!

Nithya said...

Yummy yummy. I am sure I would love this. :)

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