Chawli Chi Usal Or Lobia Sabzi (black Eyed Beans Cooked In Indian Spices)
Chawli or Lobia are legumes which are originally native to Africa, but now they are grown in many countries worldwide. These legumes are quite popular in the Asian dishes. In India they are used widely in the northern and western parts.
They are bought in dry form and soaked overnight to fluff up. Their taste is very subtle so they marry well with all types of spices. In Maharashtra, these legumes are cooked with a few spices and is usually curry based. Even within this region alone there are many ways of chauli preparation, some don't add any onion and garlic to this curry while some make an onion based masala. I use a special Maharastrians masala for this curry- Goda masala. It is quite easy to find this masala in Indian grocery stores these days, I have included the packet of my Goda masala in the second pic.