Lobia Phali/Green Black-Eyed Bean with Potatoes

Lobia phali / green Black-Eyed Bean with potatoes

Lobiya ki phali

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Makes4 servings


200 grams fresh cluster beans (Lobia beans /phali)

2 medium size onions (finely chopped)

2 medium size potatoes (cut into small cubes)

1 pinch asafetida (heeng)

½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

1/2 tsp dried mango powder (amchoor)

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

1 tbsp coriander powder (dhaniya)

1/2 tsp level salt / or as per taste

1 tsp ginger paste (adrak) or 1 inch piece of ginger grated

3 tbsp oil

1/4 cup water


  1. Wash well the lobia beans/ phali , cut and remove both ends of each bean. Hold a bunch of dressed beans on the chopping board and cut the beans in to small pieces. Keep them aside.
  1. Peel the potatoes and wash them. Cut the potatoes in small cubes.
  1. Heat a thick bottom pan with two table spoons of oil. Once the oil gets hot, add asafetida fry a bit. When it is pink add cumin seeds.
  1. When cumin crackles add finely chopped onions. Fry the onions till golden add turmeric powder, coriander powder, and ginger paste.
  1. Mix well till the spices get a little fried. Now add chopped potatoes and beans to the pan.
  1. Add salt, amchoor and red chili powder.
  1. Keep stirring the dish for few minutes till all the spices gets mixed into the beans. Now add 1/4 cup water to the pan.
  1. Cover the pan and cook it on low flame till potatoes are cooked and soft to touch.
  1. Stir in the mango powder and garam masala, cook for two minutes. and switch off the heat.
  1. Serve hot with chapattis or boiled rice.

Note: We must cook the vegetable on slow heat and keep checking and stirring it after few minutes in between so that beans and potatoes get cooked evenly.

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