Brown eyed beans are small, cream coloured beans with a scar where they were joined to the pod. Brown eyed beans contain calcium (41 mg) folate (356 mcg), protein (13.22 g), fiber (11.1 g) and vitamin A (26 IU), among other nutrients, all for less than 200 calories, in a 171-g, one-cup serving.
In Portugal, brown eyed beans are served with boiled cod and potatoes and in salads. In Vietnam, brown eyed beans are used in a sweet dessert called Ché đậu trắng (brown eyed beans and sticky rice with coconut milk). In Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, brown eyed beans are eaten with vegetables, oil, salt, and lemon. In Syria, Jordan and Lebanon lobya or brown eyed beans are cooked with onion, garlic, tomatoes, peeled and chopped, olive oil, salt and black pepper. In India, brown eyed beans are called chola.