When I saw this recipe, I knew it was the way I was going to make my traditional New Year Black-Eyed Peas this year. The recipe comes from a small cookbook I got for Christmas, which is part of the "Quick & Easy Indian" series, called Simply Vegetarian.
I love the way this turned out and I'm so glad I made it. The beans are cooked in the pressure cooker along with spices. They turned out perfectly and tasted delicious even before finishing the recipe.
The recipe calls for the spice, Asafoetida (hing), which I have never seen locally. Years ago, I could get it from the bulk spice jars at a Natural Foods store in another town. Some of the workers in the store would start griping and gagging about the strong aroma of this very pungent spice. In other words, many people think it stinks. I find the scent enticing and earthy and the flavor it imparts is reminiscent of onions and garlic. I order it from Savory Spice Shop.
Black-Eyed Pea Curry
2 cups black-eyed peas
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. asafoetida (hing)
6 cups water
1/2 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1 cup chopped onions
2 tsp. chopped garlic
2 tsp. chopped ginger
Dried red chilies, to taste
1 cup finely diced tomatoes
1 tsp. cumin seeds
2 tsp. red chili powder
2 tsp. cumin powder
2 tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. garam masala
Pick over the black-eyed peas and discard any stones, clumps of dirt, bad peas. Rinse thoroughly and place into pressure cooker along with the turmeric, salt, and asafoetida. Add 6 cups water, cover and bring to pressure, then cook for 20 minutes.
Heat the ghee in a wok; add onions, garlic, ginger, and dried red chilies. Saute until light brown.
Add the tomatoes, cumin seeds, red chili powder, cumin powder, and coriander powder. Fry until the tomatoes turn soft.
Pour in the cooked black-eyed peas along with the cooking water. Add the garam masala, stir well and heat through.
Serve hot with Basmati rice or Naan bread.