Cowpeas are available in a variety of colours (red, black, brown, off white) and are in oval shape with black like eyes on them hence they are also called black eye peas. In India ‘cowpeas’ are called by various names across India some call them ‘Chawli’ in Hindi and ‘Alasande or Bagde’ in Kannada. Due to its great nutritional value they are used extensively in our daily diet. Since cowpeas is more related to plants we called it beans. They are delicious and are usually used in curry and gravy items which are eaten along with roti and rice.