Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Black-eyed peas in a spicy goan curry

I received the book 5 Spices, 50 Dishes as a birthday present last month. It's a book of simple indian food recipes with a focus on 5 spices: coriander, cumin, mustard seeds, cayenne pepper and turmeric. I've been using this book for quick weeknight meals when I feel like making something a little more exotic. Last night I made black-eyed peas in a spicy goan curry. The recipe is pretty simple. An onion is sauteed over high heat until dark brown. Four of the five spices are added, along with fresh tomato, ginger and garlic. About four cups of black-eyed peas go into the pot with some water and coconut milk. The whole thing is left to simmer for about 25 minutes to let the flavors meld. Add a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of cilantro, and you're done! The book says you can use canned black-eyed peas, or soak some dried peas and increase the cooking time. I used black-eyed peas that I had cooked a few weeks ago and froze. This was a nice blend of flavors - creamy from the coconut milk, spicy from the cayenne. I would suggest serving this with a side of rice or naan and some steamed broccoli.

7 comments:

Tartelette said...

That sounds delicious. Let me rephrase that: if I had a bowl in front of me, I'd skip it and go for the serving bowl. I am a sucker for anything Indian!

Kim said...

Seeing that I am a curry fan and a fan of black-eyed peas this would be my kind of dish. I love Indian food and this looks so good....

RecipeGirl said...

This looks like a terrific sort of meal that is really unique. I've never cooked with black eyed peas before. Aren't they supposed to be good luck? :)

Susan said...

This looks very, very good. There is something so comforting about a richly spiced gravy...especially over rice.

alexandra's kitchen said...

wow, what a cool book/concept. i love coconut milk and curry. this looks like a wonderfully hearty vegetarian meal. yum!

Candy said...

Oh I love to experiment with spices. Sounds like a great book!

Dawna said...

That looks great! Black-eyed peas are under-utilized up here in Canada.