Cowpeas are beans that are creamy white in color and have a black mark on their inner curve and therefore they are also called black eyed beans. The skin of black eyed beans is quite thick. It has a subtle, nutty aroma and a rich creamy taste that is slightly earthy.
Cowpeas are called chawli in hindi. It is a subspecies of the cowpea, grown for its medium sized edible bean, which has a unique natural taste that is nice even without spices.