Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes and Spices

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Extended family dinners are a constant challenge when there is a vegetarian in the mix. We cannot function on salads alone, and what's up when there's even meat in the potluck salads? I am so thankful that I learned to cook Indian food, as it is just perfect for vegetarians looking for a nourishing meal.

Pure and simple and homemade. This is a spicy dish that will appeal to legume lovers and it goes so well with rice - jasmine rice, brown rice or white basmati. I served this with Tamarind Potatoes to complete the meal.
Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes and Spices

1 cup of black-eyed peas, soaked overnight with enough water to cover
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of turmeric
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon of ghee, butter or oil
1/2 teaspoon of asafetida
1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
dash of cayenne pepper
3 medium sized tomatoes, finely chopped
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated or finely chopped
3 green chilies, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
small handful of fresh cilantro or parsley, finely chopped

Drain the peas and transfer to a medium large pot along with 2 cups of water and the turmeric. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until the beans are tender.

In the meantime, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the asafetida, cumin seeds, chili powder, tomatoes, ginger, cayenne, green chillies and simmer until you have a think sauce. Add to the cooked beans along with the garam masala, cilantro or parsley and salt. Simmer for another 10 - 15 minutes to blend the flavors.

Serves 4-6.

More Black-Eyed Pea dishes from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Black-Eyed Pea Salsa
Curried Black-Eyed Peas
Black-Eyed Peas with Fenugreek and Tomatoes
Black-Eyed Pea Patties with Pilipili

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MapMaster said...

This could be a new comfort food ... warm and inviting.

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I absolutely love it dear, so mouth watering.

Priya said...

Would love to have this yummy dish with some rotis,marvellous..

Suparna said...

hi Lisa,
My legume affair was sidelined for quite sometime now :P Love to get into legume mode soon...your post is for sure a kick start I guess :)
The curry looks simple and hearty..that's what I like about your preparations...good one dear!
see you around...

Apu said...

Looks yummy!!

Laura Brito said...

Just made this and it smells wonderful! It will be good cold too I am sure...

basil said...

Delicious - made it for the second time!

systema said...

This is brilliant - put it on my Pinterest board and it has been pinned by other people lots of times.

systema said...

This is brilliant - put it on my Pinterest board and it has been pinned many times.