Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Black eye peas gravy

I might have over 400 recipes in my blog, but still I have the question of what to cook today almost everyday. There might be a millions of recipes passing through our mind from television shows, Internet or book,  the questions is about ,do I have these ingredients in my pantry,will this recipe suit my family and above all is it easy to cook and how much time does it take.  It's not possible to spend hours and hours in the kitchen everyday.  On special occasions we might cook different recipes and lots of varieties to please our family, but on daily basis, I'm sure everybody will be looking for something easy to cook and less time consuming.


This is one such gravy or curry which can be cooked  in minutes.  Also if you prepare the base of the curry and store it in a refrigerator, you can use different beans,potatoes or mixed vegetables or even chicken or meat  with the same base.  Imagine you have the base of the gravy stored in the refrigerator, you wake up late in the morning and got 15 minutes to prepare your lunch box.  Take out this curry base, heat it up for 5 minutes, then add canned beans or cooked beans to the gravy,let it simmer for another 5 minutes.  Your quick curry is ready under 10 minutes,  now you have 5 more minutes to spare for other work.  That sounds good isn't ?

Coming to the recipe, as I already said different pulses,mixed vegetables or potatoes can be added to this gravy.  I prefer adding pulses and today's pulse is Black eye peas. Black eye peas are high in fibre. Since you get the best from the dried ones, I would prefer using the dried one rather than the canned ones.  It's also rich in potassium and iron.  These pulses are also a rich source of protein.  Particularly if you are following a vegetarian diet, it's good to include these pulses in the regular diet to keep up the protein level. Read more about black eye peas from here.  Let's see how to make this simple and easy gravy.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients:
Dried black eye peas- 100 g
Onion- 1 large (roughly blended)
Tomato- 1 medium sized ( pureed)
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Chilly powder-1/2 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Curry powder or Channa masala powder-1 tsp
Garam masala- 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon- 1/4 inch stick
Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves- 1 tbsp ( finely chopped )
Lemon juice- juice of 1/2 a lemon
Oil- 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method:
Soak the dried black eye peas overnight or minimum 3-4 hours.  Pressure cook the soaked peas for upto 1 whistle.  Coarsely blend the onions in a blender and keep it separately.  Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan,  add cumin and cinnamon.  Add ginger garlic paste and coarsely ground  onions and saute well.  Once the raw smell goes and slightly brown in colour , add the pureed tomato.  Mix well and stir until you see oil on the sides. At this stage add all the spice powders and mix well.  Cover the pan and cook until oil floats on top.
If you would like to store in a refrigerator,  at this stage take it off from heat,  add the lemon juice, allow it to cool down completely and store it in a glass jar.  This can be kept upto a week in the refrigerator.
To continue with the recipe,  add the cooked peas,stir well.  Cover the pan and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt to taste, chopped coriander and finally lemon juice.  Stir well and take it off from heat.  Serve it warm with breads, roti's or rice.

46 comments:

Roshu said...

A very healthy recipeee

Nisha said...

My husband has been telling me to incorporate more lentils and beans to our meals, but I keep forgetting to soak them overnight.
And then, the question of 'what to cook today', like you said, comes up :D
In my case, not because I want to make something quick, but because I want to try something new each time (I get bored of things pretty quick).
So, in the quest of searching new recipes & then running out of time, I usually just end up making dal-chawal :P

Jaleela said...

nice healthy combo aysha

Chandrani said...

Curry looks yummy..

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simran said...

very nice!.........i too face the same problem(wondering what to cook..everyday!)......nice gravy base:)

Aruna Manikandan said...

healthy and delicious gravy...
looks very tempting :)

indugetscooking said...

The presentation - triangular pieces of chappathi and the peas on top - is very cute. You have given a nice idea about storing the base in refrigerator, since making the base is the most time consuming process of making a curry.

Rashida shaikh said...

It's a lunch time and this is so perfect for me...can I have a bowl pls…:D:D
This is a Protein rich recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

Ganga Sreekanth said...

Looks so good and healthy.

Asiya Omar said...

Nice idea.simply superb.

Charu Srivastava said...

healthy and tasty...luv ur pics !!!

An Open Book said...

the pic of the black eyes peas looks beautiful

Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

I've seen these black peas after ages I believe. My mom makes it just so yum, and now how do I get to her being in Nairobi?? Plz don't tempt me so much, dear. :)
The clicks are amazing and I liked the way you decorated the breads with the curry and onion. :)

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

i go through the what-do-i-cook-today syndrome every single day too! :D nice recipe using one of my fav beans

Fathima said...

Looks great. I also love to keep something handy in the fridge for emergencies.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Flavourful and yummy curry

Preeti Garg said...

health and yummy...Awesome....

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Pavithra Elangovan said...

Looks very beautiful .. The whole spread is pulling me to grab rightaway.

Ramya said...

nice curry with black eyed peas..we usually make only stir fries..must try this

zareena said...

mmm... delicious looking curry. Perfect with rotis. Amazing clicks.

Aarthi said...

Yummy Yummy...I Love this..

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Ambika said...

I love black eyed peas in gravy like this! Beautiful photos!

DivyaGCP said...

Simple healthy dish... Love your presentation too..

Nammi said...

yumm, that look very inviting :)

Rachana said...

I absolutely love this curry! Yum!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious looking black eyes peas gravy. Clicks are wonderful.
Deepa

Archana said...

The base gravy is what I ma eyeing very seriously. I will definitely make a batch and keep it.

Suzi said...

I am definitely going to try your recipe the next time I make black-eyed peas. I have never thought to include curry. Photos are fabulous and the curry looks delicious.

Tanya said...

I'll be making this for lunch today!

Srimathi said...

Looks very colorful and delicious. It is true that we do cook something simple on a day today basis. Thanks for a black bean curry.

Julie said...

looks very healthy,yummy as well..
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Sweetheart Diary said...

i love black eyed peas

maha said...

this looks very new n tasty.....awesome pics...nice presentation as always...
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Priya Yallapantula said...

wow, what a tempting gravy.

Amina Khaleel said...

healthy and delicious curry... looks fantastic...

Rekha shoban said...

healthy gravy with tempting click dear!

Familycook said...

What you said about deciding what to cook everyday
is a challenge for me everyday:)

Love the simplicity of the recipe!

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Sumi said...

I love black eyed peas, but I use the frozen ones.Nevertheless this is a great recipe to use up those from the refrigerator.

Torviewtoronto said...

healthy flavourful delicious looking curry

vrinda said...

Lov anything with black eye peas,yummy curry...

Saranya said...

Very nice..
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wok with ray said...

Looks healthful and so beautiful! :)

Only Fish Recipes said...

wow...the curry looks awesome...delicious !

Farah said...

super recipe! lovely way to cook these black eye peas!

Sara said...

I just bought black eyed peas for the first time, to make a curry! Great to see your recipe here.

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