Sunday, April 3, 2011

Recipe: Black Eyed Peas Curry

This recipe comes from the Post Punk Kitchen, modified slightly by my wife.  I love how this dish feels both hearty (from the coconut milk) and light (from the black eyed peas). I feel it's perfect this time of year as we're just coming out of Winter and into Spring.

We didn't have any plantains as the original recipe calls for, although I am sure they would be a great addition. You can also substitute your favorite curry powder with the curry leaves, cumin and coriander. Serve with cooked brown rice.

Makes 4 servings

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 finely chopped small onion
1/2 red pepper, finely diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
2 bay leaves
6 curry leaves
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
pinch of cinnamon
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup water
2 cups cooked black eyed peas (from 1 cup dry beans or 1 can)
3 stalks kale, chopped, stems removed
1 tsp honey
juice from 1/2 lime
2 sprigs cilantro, chopped (optional for garnish)

In a large pot over medium heat, saute the onion, red pepper and jalapeno pepper in the oil for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic, ginger and bay leaf. Saute for two more minutes. Add the cumin, coriander, curry leaves, cinnamon and thyme, with a splash of water. Mix for another minute.

Add the salt, coconut milk, water and black eyed peas. Mix well and then add the kale. Lower heat and cover, cooking for ten minutes. Turn off heat. Add honey and lime juice. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Garnish with cilantro. Serve over brown rice.

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