Curried Black-Eyed Peas

Want to try your hand at a traditional Indian comfort food? Check out this recipe for curried black-eyed peas – a spicy vegetarian staple that will warm you and your guests up on a chilly night. The chef in the video does a great job showing every step, particularly how to prepare the garlic and ginger pastes (if you choose not to cook with store-bought pastes). Enjoy!


2 cups black eyed peas
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
5 – 6 medium curry leaves
3 – 4 medium red chilies
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
3 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
1 medium lime, juiced
¼ cup cilantro, for garnish
2 tablespoons oil or ghee

Preparation Process

In a saucepan add the black eyed peas with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.

Once at a boil, remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the beans to cool to room temperature.

Once the beans are cool, drain them and put back in the saucepan. Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil, then simmer until the beans are tender (roughly 30-45 minutes)

Heat the oil or ghee in a pan, then add the mustard seeds until the crackle.

Mix in the curry leaves and red chilies into the pan and stir fry for 1 minute. Then stir in the onions, cover and let the onions cook until caramelized.

Once the onions are cooked, stir in the ginger paste and garlic pastes and fry for 3 minutes, adding water as needed if the pastes stick to the bottom of the pan.
After the 3 minutes, add the turmeric powder, the chili powder and coriander powder and mix into a consistent paste. Add water as needed to ensure that the mix doesn’t’ burn. Stir constantly for 2 minutes.

Add the chopped tomatoes and keep stirring until the tomatoes are fully incorporated into the paste.

Pour in the black-eyed peas and water mixture and stir. Simmer until the dish thickens – usually about 10 minutes.

Add the lime juice and serve, with the cilantro garnish, with your choice of naan, roti or steamed rice.

Want to make this and need the written instructions? Just click here to download the full recipe.

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