Apr 23, 2009

Curried Black-Eyed Peas

A delicious creamy dish made from Black-eyed peas/Alasande. All the spices, whole and ground, make this a fragrant and delicious side-dish for rotis or rice. I have adapted this recipe from the book, 'Indian Home Cooking'- by Suvir Saran & Stephanie Lyness.


Black-eyed peas/Alasande - 1 cup, soaked in water overnight.
Whole Cloves - 2
Pepper Corns - 1/8 tsp
Green Cardamom - 3
Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch stick
Whole dried red chillies - 2
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Bay Leaf - 1
Ginger, minced - 1 inch
Red Onion, chopped - 1 medium
Garlic cloves - 2 nos. minced with 1/8 tsp of the cumin seeds with mortar/pestle.
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Tomatoes, pureed - 3 medium or 1/4 cup canned puree
Plain Yogurt - 1/4 cup
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1 cup


- Pressure cook the peas with water just enough to cover the surface and cook for 1 whistle on medium high heat. The peas should be cooked but not mushy.
- Heat abt a tbsp of oil in a pan, add all the whole spices, then add the onions and fry till browned.
- Add the garlic, saute till lightly browned, then add the coriander & cumin powders, red chilli powder, saute a few seconds.
- Add the tomato puree, fry well and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Separately, whisk the yogurt in a bowl, stir about 2 tbsps of the hot sauce into the yogurt to temper it.
- Once the tomato is fully cooked, stir in the tempered yogurt, garam masala powder, cooked black-eyed peas and water. Turn the heat to medium and heat until it just bubbles.
- Do not boil again after this, as the yogurt will curdle otherwise.
- Serve hot with rotis or rice.

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A_and_N said...

Great idea to cook this with black-eyed peas!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Curried BEP are very tempting love the gravy....

Superchef said...

simple and delicious!!

Suparna said...

Hi Maya,
alsande biye saar upkari is one of my fav. thanks for another tasty dish with alsande be.

Happy cook said...

Looks yummy deliicious.

Asha said...

Love Alasandekalu in any dish, looks delicious Maya. I have been looking for that book from Suvir Saran, out of stock now. Excellent dish! :)

Meera said...

Loved the picture. I too love cooking from that book. I have one chicken curry in draft that I tried from that book coming up soon.

Ashwini said...

Looks very simple and delicious. Yumm

Asha Mayi said...

Something totally different.. will surely try.

Purnima said...

Lovely color this gravy has lent..am sure alsando must hv tasted great! On my 'must try' lists!:D Hv a great weekend!

EC said...

Once we made a gravy with few varieties the legumes mix..apart from never tried anything else,,this looks delicious, thanks