Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Curried Black-Eyed Peas


It is said that eating black-eyed peas on New Years Day brings a person prosperity.  Well I love these lovely nutritious legumes and I know my "windfall" will come someday.   I curried these peas so they a bursting with flavor.  Enjoy them with any style of rice or Indian style flat bread.

2 cans of black-eyed peas (rinsed well)
4-5 cloves of garlic grated
2 inches grated fresh ginger
2 serrano/jalapeno chilies sliced (seeded if  you want to reduce the heat)
2 bay leaves
1 cup of tomatoes diced.  (You can used any style fresh tomato or even can tomatoes)
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp garam masala
1 piece of cinnamon stick
1 tsp of red chili flakes (or to taste)
1/2 tsp of turmeric
10-15 curry leaves
Salt (to taste)
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1/2 cup of water
squirt of lime juice (optional)

In a large pan heat  around 1 Tbs of canola oil on medium high heat.  Once oil is hot add the cumin and mustard seeds, cinnamon stick, curry and bay leaves.   Allow to fry for 30-45 seconds.  

Then add your onions and green chilies.  Fry for another minute.

Now add your tomatoes, garlic and ginger.   
Fry for another 1-2 minutes.
Then add your dry spices and saute for another 1-2 minutes.

Next add your black-eyed peas and salt to taste.  Then add 1/2 a cup of water and allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes.  Stir occasionally and gently smash some of the peas and fresh tomatoes to thicken the gravy.  

Add the ½ cup of coconut milk to the pan and stir well.  Cook for another minute. Turn off the stove and add a squeeze of lime juice (about 1 tsp) for a little freshness.  You can also stir in some fresh cilantro or parsley to give it some more fresh flavor. 

Serves 4-6 people.  Serve with Rice or Flat bread and enjoy.

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  1. beans are never my fav but sometimes I make because hubby loves it :) This looks lovely.

  2. Really like all the spices and flavors in your dish. Good luck with your windfall.

  3. We are huge fans of black eyed peas all year long, and this recipe sounds yummy! In fact, I recently bought 6 cans because they were on sale, might try this tonight with some naan bread.... I'll let you know how it goes!

  4. I'll bet this is delicious. The spices really pack a punch! I need to add this to our menu as we are trying to cut down on our meat in take. Thanks!

  5. Wow - all I can say! That looks amazing!

  6. Adding curry would definitely encourage me to eat more and more and more!

  7. Black eyed peas are one of my favorite beans! Pairing them with curry sounds absolutely amazing!

  8. Wow! Love this. Never thought you could curry beans. Will be making this again!

    jennifer of Sandy Bridge Xeon


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