Mine Vs.Yours~A Tale of Two Curries

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raanh11Before you visualize a fight here, between two cooks (chefs), let me assure you to relax. Its just one of those usual arguments between My better half (he is on lesser side of that half, since I outweigh him in kilograms, not that I am proud of it, still…..) and me about deciding  the way, a particular veggie or legume or anything else in that matter, will be cooked on weekends. Now those who are thinking that HIS way would mean anything like HIM cooking a meal, then just forget it. It’s always me cooking for him, and that too  his way and again  before anyone paints a picture  like Ablah Naari ( Helpless, suffering woman), then kindly note I  do not even remotely fit into that category !

On the contrary I belong to those shrewd class of  Homo sapiens, who would not allow anyone in her Kitchen (fearing a mess) and then moan about being not helped by anyone.My hubby calls it Assaulting from both sides(lol), and Man…I am pretty good at this 😉

So when last weekend we were discussing the menu (with his eyes, ears and mind occupied with his Laptop) and me babbling at his back, out of the blue he suggested Black Eyed Beans or Raanh as we call it in Sindhi. After I soaked beans (though these  SHOULD be soaked for about eight hours, I did it for just 3 and half) , my hubby said that he would like to eat those in tomato base curry. Shocked  to hear that, I thought of overlooking his suggestion and to make it MY WAY(Onion based gravy). But knowing that he wont like it my way and I wont, his way (A very common situation between us…who said opposites attract…did I???) I got generous and end up making it in both ways , a thing I seldom do ( mostly I go ahead with my preference, obviously since its me who is gonna cook)

Do I need to talk about the Nutritional facts of the Lobia or B-E-B or Raanh ? Check it out here if you are doubtful !

Now my ramblings have already occupied too much of space here, so today lets check out one recipe ,while the other one will follow in PART 2  of this saga 🙂

I do not want to confuse you all, so here I will be giving recipe that would serve 2 Hungry Adults, though actually I divided the ingredients in two halves to make two ways of curries. Didn’t got my point??….Ah no big deal, I don’t make sense many of times !

Today’s Recipe is of Raanh in Tomato based curry .


Lobia or Black Eyed beans in Tomato gravy
Recipe type: MainCourse
Serves: 2
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Lobia or Black Eyed beans cooked in Tomato gravy
  • Black Eyed Beans 1 cup
  • Ripe Tomatoes 2 Medium sized
  • Green chillies 2-3
  • Ginger a bit
  • Salt as per taste
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tsp (or less)
  • Potato 1 (optional)
  • Coriander Powder  ½ tsp
  • Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves 4-5
  • Oil 1tbsp
  1. Pick, Rinse for several times and then soak beans for eight hours(or over night)
  2. Rinse again if you see frothy layer after soaking with some fresh water
  3. In a pressure cooker, add 1 tsp of oil and add cumin seeds and Curry leaves(optional)
  4. After the seeds splutter add grated or pureed Tomatoes, pounded ginger(or even a paste) turmeric and coriander powder, chopped green chillies and saute till tomato is cooked(leaves oil from sides), say  for about 2-4 minutes
  5. Add the soaked Beans , peeled and diced potato cubes and salt and mix properly (but do not mix too much, An Old Wives Tale  says that  stirring beans {Bhuno-ing} too much before cooking, makes them hard...Do not know the fact though)
  6. Add water much  above the level of beans, and close the lid of cooker
  7. wait till 2-3 whistles, depending upon the quality and hours  of soaking,  it would take anywhere between 3-6 whistles for cooking beans)
  8. To avoid Overcooking, its better to check out every time after two whistles of pressure cooker
  9. Adjust the consistency of gravy and seasoning and garnish with coriander leaves
  10. Tastes equally good with plain steamed rice  or Rotis (Whole Wheat Flatbreads)

If you are still interested in another way of making Lobia, do visit again , my Virtual Rasoi.I am sure you won’t be disappointed 🙂

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31 thoughts on “Mine Vs.Yours~A Tale of Two Curries

  1. that was so sweet of you alka..good that you admit you have the upper hand or atleast present to think so..LOL..hope your hubby didn’t get around reading this..:))

  2. yes that happens a lot in my house, especially with poha!
    both the lobhias look yum , bu i think i would prefer yours a little bit more, the picture is so enticing..out with the recipe now:)

  3. hilarious post… and love, love the recipe 🙂

  4. That was a lovely read .. I love black eyed beans .. lovely looking curry there

  5. Hi Alka,
    Lol….u’ve echoed most kahani ghar ghar ki, cute read.
    Love black eyed peas curry, healthy and great filler just like that too!
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful tale and recipes
    Enjoy the weekend.

  6. My hubby does not have time to mess in my kitchen,except on Sundays when he cooks breakfast.
    I also enjoy making Blackeyed beans, but I like to serve it with rice

  7. I love this curry too….but with tomato and onion and tomato or only tomato gravy:). Haven’t tried it the other way. Either ways looks great!

  8. wow curry looks so delicious me to like onion base currys same thing with me to don’t like any body in my kitchen but some times it happnes hummmm

  9. Its funny to read some thing that happens in my life too… “On the contrary i belong to those shrewd class of Homo sapiens, who would not allow anyone in her Kitchen(fearing a mess) and then moan about being not helped by anyone . My hubby calls it “Assaulting from both sides” (lol), and Man… i am pretty good at this ” … Count me in too!!

    I tell my hubby that I am the queen of my kitchen. So I occupy him with baby sitting so that he won’t interfere much with my cooking!!

  10. Wow loved reading the post. You have patience to cook both. Looks simple and yumm.

  11. Great, awesome stuff!

  12. I’d love both the ways… (greedy me:), appetizing pictures, and interesting fight, seems like a “déjà vu”……

  13. dear alka wow more than u r recipe u r text is intresting (of course recipe too)
    I liked that tomato based aswell
    good luck

  14. great recipe…love your website and visit often..admire your hard work !

  15. How true about better half ots always we who cook but the way it needs to be cooked is HIS and no were close to the ablah NAri I totally agree with you on those trems 😉 btw the curry looks amazing and all the credit goes one and only to the Physical cook and ot the Virtual cook 😉

  16. You are hilarious:-D but very very nice since u made both ways.. I cook these with onions & tomato.. & i am wondering if both of u were here what would u have done:-D? Gorgeous pictures as always.. getting me hungry.

  17. This is hilarious! My mom also has similar issues sometimes and just like yours, her choice usually prevails.

    By the way, I thought of replying to one of your comments today but realized I didn’t have your mail id. Can you pls send it to me.

  18. Amazing varieties:-) Love that picture!

  19. Lol…..what a aromatic and flavourful recipe……Looks yum…..

  20. curry is simple & delicious ….. I too do the same thing with my hubby .. i dont like him to interfere in my kitchen…….

  21. Hi Alka, what a co-incidence! I have made these beans today! nice pics 🙂

  22. this looks yum,.nd loved the pic with chapati,..

  23. You are sweet Alka, you made 2 kinds. I would have added both onion and tomatoes in one. But you know what the darker colored onion based one is more attractive but you don’t have to tell him that. Seriously the tomato based one looks delicious as well.

  24. Poorvi Narang says:

    Hello Alka,

    Could you pls share lotus steam receipes to us. Because i love them.

  25. Poorvi Narang says:

    Hi Alka,

    This is sooo sipmple& easy to make. Instead of wasting so much time in cooking the standard style of Sindhis- with onion.

    Well will try it soon:-))

  26. I love reading this post, i too don’t like when hubby comes to the kitchen when i am busy or when he interfre when i ma cooking, i too throw him out litteraly 🙂

  27. Nice post..enjoyed reading 🙂 Curry looks delicious dear 🙂

  28. The recipe is simple and quick to make and good for my hubby as he dont prefer onion and garlic in veg. and i just love it so waiting for ur style of recipe…………………………….

  29. Enjoyed reading the post. Even I don’t prefer hubby messing up my kitchen in the pretext of cooking/helping. Infact he is least interested in cooking.

    Curry sounds delicious and easy to make.

    Waiting for the part-II of the tale.

  30. Funny post – grinned away reading it. Just saw your comment on my post – nice name that Junglee Jalebi! A lot of stuff was sold outside our school too – I was forbidden from buying it but managed to a couple of times, after which I found out and was duly whacked! 😀

  31. Hi Alka,
    It’s same in my household, too…my H too never will cook but he talks like an experienced cook, ….love your clicks, you’re tagged by me., come & check in my blog

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