Alasande Kalu Rice (Lobia Chawal/Black Eyed Beans Rice)

black_eyed_bean 1This is an interesting recipe which requires very less preparation. Alasande kalu is a kannada (Karnataka, India) word used for black eyed beans. This dish is healthy and delicious too. Like other beans, black eyed beans are rich in fiber and they are low in fat. It is a good practice if you use these beans regularly in different forms like curry, veggie and so many dishes. They supply high quality proteins which provides alternative to meat or any other animal protein which is very much essential to the body. For beginners and bachelors, this recipe is a boon as it requires no elaborated procedures and preparation. You can prepare this dish for lunch, dinner and even for breakfast. You can prepare this dish using any vegetables available in your kitchen along with some spices and herbs, believe me it comes out very tasty. I made it simple and easy for you. I, always, try to make cooking easy and simpler so that people start getting interest in cooking. I, honestly, want people to realize that cooking is not that much tough and tedious and one can make healthy and simple dishes within few minutes without spending much time. Let’s see the preparation of Alasande Kalu rice (Black Eyed Beans Rice).  

INGREDIENTS

  • Black eyed beans/Alasande kalu – 1/2 cup (around 50 grams)
  • Rice – 200 grams (around 1 cup) – you can use any type of rice available in your kitchen
  • Cooking oil – 1 Table Spoon
  • Mustard seeds – ½ Tea spoon
  • Jeera/cumin seeds – 1 Tea spoon
  • Bay leaf – 2 leaf
  • cardamom – 2
  • Haldi Powder – 1/4 Tea spoon (using haldi is option)
  • Green chillies – 3
  • Curry leaves – 6-8 leaves
  • Mint leaves/Pudina (chopped) – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1 (medium size)
  • Tomato – 1 (Medium size)
  • Potato/Aloo – 1 (Medium size)

PREPARATION

  • Wash alasande kalu (black eyed beans) with plane water and soak them in warm water for 20 -30 minutes.
  • Wash rice with plane water and add 2 1/2 cup of water to it and keep it aside to soak until you make other preparation.
  • If you are using basumati rice, you can add 2 cups of water for 1 cup rice. If you are using sona masoori or any other type of rice, you can add 2 ½ cups of water for 1 cup rice (measure the water according to your requirement).
  • Chop tomato and onion. Peel off skin of potato and cut it into small pieces, chop green chillies and mint leaves (pudina) and keep all the chopped ones separately.
  • Place a pressure cooker (capacity of 2 or 3 litres) on medium flame, pour oil in it. Add mustard seeds, wait until they splutter completely. Add cumin seeds, bayleaf, cardamom, chopped green chillies, curry leaves, 1/2 cup chopped pudina and turmeric powder (haldi), one after the other. Roast them all together for 10-20 seconds by stirring with the help of a ladle.
  • Add chopped onion and tomato and cook them for 1 – 2 minutes. Add chopped potato and mix all the ingredients with the help of a ladle.
  • Drain water from soaked beans (alasande), pour them into pressure cooker, add 1 cup water to it and mix it well.
  • Pour washed rice along with water to pressure cooker and add salt to it. Mix all the ingredients well and Close the pressure cooker with lid. Cook it on medium flame. Let the cooker whistles thrice and take off the cooker from heat. It may take 10 – 15 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, pressure will come down. Cooking on low or medium flame helps in cooking the food perfectly and fully.
  • Open the pressure cooker lid. Pour the cooked rice in to a big bowl and toss it with help of two spoons very lightly so that all ingredients should mix well  and they should not get messy. Sprinkle remaining chopped pudina all over the dish and serve it hot.
  • Delicious and healthy Alasande kalu rice is ready to serve or pack for lunch box. Isn’t it simple and amazing!
  • Enjoy cooking.

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