Coalitions and Combos ~ Recipe for Drumstick-Potato Curry and Black Eyed Peas or Lobia Curry

What do you cook when groceries have all but hit rock bottom (rarely happens) and you have been putting off going vegetable shopping for more than a few days after stocks have dwindled (happens with alarming regularity)? I have bailed myself out by branding a few of these items as exotic celebratory food….for instance, a lone carrot and almost sprouted potato gets incorporated into “veg pulao” with curds to go with it, the ever obliging khichri with omelet (K still thinks this is the ‘actual combination!!) or dahi, or plain achar, macaroni cooked with soup packets with a dash of pepper and oregano from sachets left over from pizza delivery have been presented as exotic pastas… lone carrots have found themselves in fiery bissibele bhat, noodles cooked with pasta sauce, besan ke parathe out of two kinds of flour, uttapams with souring idly batter….these are just a few tricks that I have tried….i once made grilled sandwiches from left over pizza base with onion masala and tomato sauce and K thought it was one of the best meals he has had…..there’s no dearth of things that I have resorted to… was one such day….i had 8 pieces of self respecting drumstick, 6 baby potatoes and 2 big tomatoes and some lobia (black eyed beans)…none of them were enough to make a stand alone meal….but I coaxed them to form a coalition and this is what I am blogging about today

Drumstick and Potato Curry – Serves 3-4

You will need:

1 drumstick, scraped and cut into 2 inch pieces

6-8 baby (halved) or 3 med potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 slit green chillies

1 large onion chopped

1 large tomato chopped

1 tspn chilli powder

1 tspn coriander powder

½ tsp whole cumin seeds

Salt to taste

1 cup water

1 tspn oil


In a pressure cooker / pan / kadai, heat oil and splutter the cumin seeds

Add the onions and green chillies and fry till tender

Add the chilly and coriander powders and fry for a minute

Add the washed drumsticks and potatoes, sauté for a minute till the masalas cling onto the vegetables, add chopped tomatoes, salt and 1 cup water and simmer covered for about 6-8 minutes till the potatoes are cooked.

If using a pressure cooker or pan, one whistle is enough. When cool, open and dry up the water to form sauce consistency gravy.

Serve with rotis or steamed rice

drumstick and potato curry

Drumstick and potato curry

Quick Lobia

1 cup lobia soaked in hot water

1 medium onion chopped fine

1 tomato chopped

2 green chilies

½ tspn cumin seeds

1 tspn oil

1 tspn each of red chilly powder and coriander powder

Salt to taste

A pinch of garam masala


In a pressure cooker / pan heat the oil and splutter the cumin seeds, add the chopped onions and green chillies and fry till onions are brown

Add the dry masalas and stir for a minute

Drain the water from the soaking lobia, mix well, add salt and chopped tomatoes and water

Shut the lid and allow it to cook for about 4-5 whistles

Once the lid of the cooker opens, simmer till the most of the water evaporates

Add the garam masala powder, mix well.

Serve with rotis or steamed rice. Also goes well with bread



Lobia Curry

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Naveena says:

    OK, am like the comment fairy today! But I tried the Lobia!! I live in a 3-apartment house and my roommate was walking in and she said,” Oh, I was really hoping that the smell was coming from our house!”
    Plus it was easier, since I used a can of black eyed peas and it didn’t take that long.

    Dear comment fairy…am glad you tried it and liked it!! 🙂

  2. bee says:

    arundati, welcome to food blogging. i’m adding you to the blogroll. hope you don’t mind.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s