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Curried Black-eyed Peas
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Curried Black-eyed Peas

Nutritious black-eyed peas cooked with Indian spices and coconut milk
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Soak12 hrs
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black eyed peas, classic recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 154kcal
Author: Adapted from Ruta Kahate via The Coastland Times


  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 large onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic grated (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1- inch piece of fresh ginger grated (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 medium tomato seeded and diced small
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


  • Rinse black-eyed peas and place in large bowl. Add water to at least an inch above the peas and let soak 8 hours or overnight.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the coriander, turmeric, cayenne and cumin. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat the canola oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and sauté until the onion gets some color, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger and spice mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes. Add the tomato and stir over low heat until the tomato is no longer chunky.
  • Drain and rinse the black-eyed peas. Add to the onion mixture along with the water and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the black-eyed peas are tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and simmer, uncovered, for another 10 minutes or so. Just before serving, add the lime juice.


Time-saving tips: Substitute a high-quality curry blend for the coriander, turmeric, cayenne and cumin and/or use canned black-eyed peas. If using canned peas, rinse and drain, reduce the water to 1 cup, cut the cooking time in half, and skip the salt.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg | Net carbs: 18g