Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Curried Black-Eyed Peas

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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.

Ingredients:  
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)

Directions:
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.
 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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8 comments:

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

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

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  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!

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  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!

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

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

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

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

    regards,
    jennifer of Sandy Bridge Xeon

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