Easy Black Eyed Pea Curry
Welcome back to another Kiah’s Kitchen recipe post! Today I am sharing my delicious and easy Black Eyed Pea Curry recipe!
Cooking with black eyed peas is actually new to me, I have never tried them before! I was in my local green grocer getting my produce a couple of weeks ago and they have a huge variety of dried beans, peas and legumes. If you are a regular reader you know I am always on a mission to reduce waste and eat whole foods (while being frugal) and dried beans/legumes are a great way to do this, you can buy them in bulk, they make SO much and are a great source of protein! I always get my lentils dried and I’ll often get dried chickpeas but have never tried cooking dried beans. So, I decided to grab a packet of these black eyed peas on a whim and come up with a recipe for them later.
The funny thing when you are recipe creating, usually you would have an idea of what you want to do in your head and then adjust as you go while you are creating the recipe and tasting it. I actually came up with this recipe on paper and then gave it to my husband to cook/test while I was at prenatal yoga. This was quite difficult as I had to leave him notes on things that he should watch out for and adjust if he thinks it needed it.
Usually he is quite good at following instructions and can cook really well if he is following a well written recipe. HOWEVER on this particular night, he somehow got confused between a tablespoon and a teaspoon (he obviously wasn’t paying attention) and he put in a TABLESPOON of each of the spices rather than a teaspoon. OMG MY MOUTH WAS ON FIRE! When I got home and realised what had happened I tried to compensate by adding a whole tin of coconut milk rather than half and I had to stir in plenty of yoghurt to try and balance out the overpowering spices. It was still very yummy and he really liked it (he loves spice) it was just a little too overpowering for me and I certainly would recommend sticking to the recipe as written! For the second test run I used the appropriate amount of spices and it turned out beautifully.
Now, for this recipe if you are using dried black eyed peas (as opposed to canned), you will need to pre-prepare them as the recipe calls for cooked black eyed peas. To cook them all you need to do is thoroughly rinse one cup of dried black eyed peas, then place them in a container of water to soak for anywhere between four hours to overnight (I soak overnight). If your house is warm it is best to store in the fridge to prevent fermentation. Once they have finished soaking, drain and thoroughly rinse them, then place in a pot with 4-5 cups of water and some salt. Bring to a gentle boil then reduce to a simmer for anywhere between 45 minutes – 1 hour (until the peas are soft). Drain out the cooking water and you are ready to go! I prepared these the day before to make it easier on Nath so all he had to do was actually cook the curry. One cup of dried black eyed peas will make about 3 cups cooked.
If you don’t have access to dried or canned black eyed peas, you could use another form of bean in their place.
I really hope you enjoy this recipe, I had fun creating it (and almost getting my mouth burnt off). If you give this a go, please let me know how you liked it in the comments below or over on Instagram, I would love to hear from you. If you’d like to see more recipes please subscribe to my blog via email so you get notified each time I publish a new post.
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Easy Black Eyed Pea Curry
This flavourful black eyed pea curry is easy to create and perfect for a throw together weeknight dinner! It is very customisable, you could really put in any greens you happen to have in the fridge! The peas ensure there is plenty of plant based protein so you won't be left hungry, especially when served with rice and yoghurt, yum!
- 1 thumb fresh ginger peeled and grated
- 12 fresh curry leaves stalk removed
- 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground corriander
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 2 heaped tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
- 3 cups cooked black eyed peas equivalent to 1 cup dried or three 400g cans (see note)
- 2 whole zucchini diced
- 4 large handfuls baby spinach leaves
- 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 whole lime or lemon
- 1/2 400mL can full fat coconut milk
- 1 bunch fresh corriander chopped
- 4 servings of rice
- 1 cup plain greek yoghurt use coconut yoghurt for dairy free alternative
Prepare all ingredients as per ingredient list above
If using rice, put this on to cook now either in a rice cooker or on the stove
In a large cast iron pot, heat the olive oil over a medium heat and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves, saute for 1 minute or so until fragrant
Add onion, garlic and ginger and saute for a further 3 - 5 minutes until onion is translucent
Add ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala and chilli flakes, saute for a further 30 seconds
Add diced zucchini and cooked blacked eyed peas, tomato paste, coconut milk and stock, stir well to combine
Simmer for around 20 minutes until zucchini is cooked through and flavours are well combined
Remove from heat and stir through fresh spinach leaves
Serve on a bed of cooked rice, squeeze over the fresh lemon/lime juice, sprinkle chopped coriander on top and add a dollop of plain yoghurt
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days or can be frozen for up to one month for ultimate freshness.
If using dried black eyed peas for this recipe, you will need to have prepared them first: Rinse one cup of dried black eyed peas and then soak in water for 4-8 hours (I do overnight in the fridge). Drain soaking water and add to a pot with 4-5 cups of water, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes - 1 hour (until soft). You can then strain them and use them for the curry.
If using canned black eyed peas, around three cans drained and rinsed would be required.