Black Tea and Gingered Black-Eyed Peas


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gingered black-eyes

As much as I enjoy cooking, there are times when I just want a simple but delicious and nutritious solution for dinner. This dish is just the thing and especially suited to those times when you might be pressed for time and busy with other things. It is adapted from Raghavan Iyer's magnificent book 660 Curries. I've owned a copy for years but I never tire of it.

The original recipe called for chickpeas, but thanks to a suggestion from Siri, I used black-eyed peas instead as I had a craving for these lovely earthy beans. I was more than pleased with this dish and it will make a complete meal served with rice and a vegetable side if you like. It is fairly mildly spiced and the tea does add depth and a bit of complementary bitterness. The lime fills everything out with some tangy goodness. Smoky, peppery and earthy is how my husband described it.


Black Tea and Gingered Black-Eyed PeasBlack Tea and Gingered Black-Eyed Peas
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Adapted from 660 Curries
Cuisine: Indian
Published on March 19, 2014

Simple spicy gingered black-eyed pea curry simmered in black tea; smoky, peppery and earthy

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Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cup dried black-eyed peas (3 1/2 cups cooked)
  • 2 tablespoons black tea leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 2 green chilies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
  • juice from 1 lime (2 tablespoons)
Instructions:
  • Rinse the black-eyed peas and soak in enough water to cover for 6 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse, then transfer to a medium saucepan. Cover with fresh water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and cover. Simmer until the beans are tender, about 40 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  • Bring 2 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the tea leaves, remove from heat, and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Strain and discard the tea leaves.

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, toss in the cumin and mustard seeds and stir until fragrant and the mustard seeds turn grey and begin to splutter and pop. Toss in the ginger, garlic and chilies, and continue to stir for another minute.

  • Now stir in the black-eyed peas, cilantro, turmeric, mustard powder and salt. Add the brewed tea and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, until the sauce is thickened — about 10 minutes. Stir in the lime juice, remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

  • Serve hot or warm with fresh cooked white rice.

Makes 4 to 5 servings

gingered black-eyes

Other black-eyed pea dishes from my kitchen that you may enjoy:
Indian Black-Eyed Peas
Curried Black-Eyed Peas
Black-Eyed Pea Salsa
Black-Eyed Peas with Potato and Tamarind

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5 comments:

Joanne said...

I'm really craving a big bowl of beans now! Love the spices in this and am especially intrigued by the tea leaf infusion!

Deena Kakaya said...

I've not cooked beans in tea before, how interesting x

Galina Varese said...

Marvellous recipe! I can imagine it is a perfect combination of flavours and textures

Tim said...

I always forget to soak the peas...Looks great though

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