Instant Pot Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas with tomato and spinach, or Indian Spinach Lobia is easier to make than you think! It's a nutritious vegetarian dish you can make in less than 15 minutes.
What are Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas Indian Style?
This is a recipe that a lot of people refer to as Indian Spinach Lobia, or Lobia Curry. It's a vegetarian black eyed peas recipe with tomatoes and spinach loaded with warm spices that are perfect for cool weather!
You Can Make Black Eyed Peas in the Instant Pot?
When I'm feeling particularly lazy, I used to make a very quick black-eyed pea recipe, but I used to use canned beans which I prefer not to do. But ever since I made the Texas Caviar and understood you can make black-eyed peas in 10 minutes in the magic Instant Pot, I was determined to redo this in the Instant Pot and it was so simple.
The beans actually tasted better than canned, because they weren't overdone and mushy. The only thing you have chop is one tomato. That's it. Everything else is just pour and cook. Couldn't be simpler.
How Do You Make Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas?
- Sauté the tomato, ginger, and garlic in ghee/oil
- Pour everything else in, and cook at High Pressure (HP) for 10 minutes.
- Natural Pressure Release (NPR) for 10 minutes.
Can Vegans Eat Black Eyed Peas?
Yes! A lot of recipes for black eyed peas will include ham (like my black eyed peas recipe with ham and greens), but this Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas recipe can be made vegan by simply using vegetable oil instead of ghee! That's it!
Are Black Eyed Peas a Vegetable?
Technically black-eyed peas are a legume, like lentils. While they're a popular food for vegetarians, they're not technically a vegetable.
Do Black Eyed Peas Need to Be Soaked?
Not when you make them in a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot! The pressure does all the work for you in less time too! Traditionally black eyed peas don't need to be soaked before cooking, but are often soaked to shorten the cooking time.
What Vegetable Goes with Black Eyed Peas?
It's common to include some type of green when cooking black eyed peas, especially in the South. Collard greens or spinach are commonly used vegetables. I use spinach and tomatoes in this Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas recipe and love the body the spinach brings and the brightness of the tomatoes.
Want More Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes?
- 15 Best Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes - this list has all of my TOP vegetarian Instant Pot recipes and includes everything from main dishes to desserts!
- Instant Pot Farro Butternut Risotto - this is a reader favorite and will be yours soon too! SO creamy and delicious!
- Instant Pot Mushroom Stroganoff - a beautiful dish that's full of incredible savory flavors and a perfect vegetarian entree!
Once you make this Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas recipe in your pressure cooker, you'll never go back to stove top again! It's so quick ad easy and FULL of flavor!
- 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) Ghee, or Oil
- 1/8 teaspoon (0.13 teaspoon) Cumin seeds
- 1/8 teaspoon (0.13 teaspoon) Black Mustard Seeds, (or omit and double up on cumin seeds)
- 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) Garlic
- 1 tablespoon (1 tablespoon) Minced Ginger
- 1 cup (149 g) Tomatoes, , diced
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) Turmeric
- 1/4 - 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, (adjust to desired spice level)
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) Ground Cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon (0.5 teaspoon) Ground Coriander
- 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) Kosher Salt
- 1 cup (172 g) dried black eyed peas, unsoaked
- 2 cups (500 g) Water
- 4 cups (120 g) fresh spinach
- Heat Instant Pot on HIGH on Sauté, and when it's hot add ghee/oil. When the oil is hot, add the mustard and/or cumin seeds. They will begin to sputter like popcorn. Add in the ginger and garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
- Add in the tomato and cook for 1-2 minutes until the tomato is softened.
- Add all the spices and mix well.
- Add water and beans, and mix.
- Place spinach on top, close the pot and set on High Pressure for 10 minutes. Allow 10 minutes of natural pressure release and release any remaining pressure.
- Serve with rice, chapattis or naan.
- To make this recipe vegan, use vegetable oil instead of ghee.
- No need to soak your black eyed peas before pressure cooking.