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Black Eyed Peas Curry


2016 has been declared as the International Year of Pulses by the United Nations! Dried beans/ pulses/ legumes are a great source of protein for vegans. We tend to eat at least 5 varieties a week usually, soaked overnight, and/ or sprouted. Here’s a quick recipe for flavoursome black eyed peas.

We need,

  • Black Eyed Peas – 1 cup
  • Onion, chopped  – 1
  • Tomato Paste – 2 tablespoons
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 teaspoon
  • Green Chillies, sliced – 1 to 2 (depending on taste)
  • Garam Masala – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin Seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, to taste
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Coriander Leaves and Stalks, finely minced – 2 tablespoons (for garnishing)


  1. Soak black eyed pea for at least 6 hours and rinse in clean water.
  2. In a thick bottomed pan (I used my pressure cooker) heat the oil.
  3. Coat the pan with oil and add the cumin seeds.
  4. Add the chopped onion, chilli and ginger garlic paste and, cook until the raw smell goes off.
  5. Stir in the tomato paste and cook well.
  6. Add in the black eyed peas and coat well in the curry base.
  7. If using a pressure cooker, add 2.5 cups of water and fasten the lid. Cook on high for approximately 8 – 10 minutes and take off the heat.
  8. If using an open pan, then add in the 3 cups of water and cook covered until the beans are cooked.
  9. Uncover the pan and add salt, garam masala and chopped coriander stalks and leaves.

Enjoy the Black Eyed Peas Curry hot with steamed rice or, rotis.



I am an enthusiastic plant based home cook and baker who delights in sharing my creations on unsuspecting non vegans, when they least expect it! When not recipe developing, testing or making, I'm found organising and/ or writing, the two other passions of my life ❤️