Serving black-eyed peas on New Year's Day is thought to bring good luck and prosperity for the upcoming year. Because they swell with cooking, the peas are considered to represent growing prosperity in the New Year and are sometimes believed to represent coins as well. Frequently the peas are served with cooked greens, particularly collard greens, which symbolize money, and cornbread — representing gold. Whether these delightful legumes bring good luck or not, the meal was certainly an enjoyable one. I never need a particular reason to cook with black-eyed peas, but here's hoping for peace and inspiration for 2014.
Combining vegetables and legumes in a warming soup is a simple solution to providing a nourishing meal in the cold weather months and a cold and harsh winter it has been thus far. The curry spices not only add an extra layer of warmth to the soup experience, they lend an attractive coloring as well. Savour a bowl of this soup and focus on the warmth, rather than the frigid snowscape just outside your window.
Cauliflower goes especially well with north Indian curry spices; the taste and texture of this gently cooked vegetable absorbs the spices and provides a wonderful contrast with the sweet, earthly and slightly nutty flavor of the black-eyed peas. Simple, fragrant and bursting with goodness.
|Curried Cauliflower and Black-Eyed Pea Soup|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on January 6, 2014
A fragrant, colorful and nourishing curried cauliflower and black-eyed pea soup that is as simple as it is delicious
I'm sharing this soup with Ricki's Wellness Weekend.
More Indian cauliflower dishes you are sure to enjoy:
Aloo Gobi (Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes)
Indian-Style Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Rice and Cauliflower Pilaf
Cauliflower and Pea Curry
Spicy Urad Dal with Cauliflower and Peas
On the top of the reading stack: The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook: From the Ontario Home Economics Association
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