Creamy Goan Black-Eyed Pea Curry

Black-Eyed Pea Curry

I remember reading once (or hearing on the radio?) that Fergie was the only member of the Black-Eyed Peas who actually liked black-eyed peas.

Well, in the unlikely event that I’m one day in charge of feeding the on-again, off-again band , I feel like I’d have a pretty good chance of changing their minds with my garlic and cheddar black-eyed pea dip as well as this creamy Goan black-eyed pea curry.

Black-Eyed Peas

Black-Eyed Pea Curry 1

I know that Indian food can seem pretty overwhelming to make because of all the unusual and/or hard to find ingredients, but this curry primarily uses canned pantry staples and a couple Indian spices.  It’s  the perfect recipe to get your feet wet in Indian cooking.

But as much as I love kitchen shortcuts, if you’ve got a little extra time on your hands I’d definitely recommend boiling up a bag or two of black-eyed peas yourself.  Not only is it cheaper (and you avoid the BPA exposure), but you can use any extra beans to make this Indian black-eyed pea salad.  It’s like a delicious two for one special.

Black-Eyed Pea Curry 2


Creamy Goan Black-Eyed Pea Curry

I enjoy this curry extra rich and creamy, but feel free to substitute 1 cup of vegetable or chicken broth for the some of the coconut milk.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


* 2 Tablespoons oil
* 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
* 1 teaspoon ground coriander
* 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1/2 cup diced tomatoes in their juice (canned tomatoes work great)
* 3 cups cooked black-eyed peas (approximately 2 15-ounce cans rinsed and drained)
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon sugar
* 1 15-ounce can coconut milk (about 1-3/4 cups)
* 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
* 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, plus extra for garnish


Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion has begin to turn golden. Add the garlic, ginger, coriander, turmeric, cumin, and cayenne and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture is very fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add the tomato and any accumulated juices to the saucepan and cook until the tomato begins to break down. Add the black-eyed peas, salt, sugar and coconut milk and stir to mix. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or long enough for the sauce to thicken slightly and for the flavors to meld.

Add the lemon juice and cilantro leaves, stir, and cook for another minute. Taste and adjust salt if necessary. Serve hot, garnished with a few cilantro leaves, if desired.

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10 Responses to “Creamy Goan Black-Eyed Pea Curry”

  1. #
    Eileen — April 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    This is the perfect thing to make with my stash of dried black-eyed peas! I love the spice and the creamy coconut.


  2. #
    Emily K. @ Leaf Parade — April 20, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I just picked up a surplus of black-eyed peas as well! This (and the salad) will keep me busy and very well fed :)
    -Emily K.


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  4. #
    Cate — April 20, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Thanks ladies! Hope you both like it :)


  5. #
    Eileen — April 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I am making this right now and I’m so excited! I will eat it ALL MYSELF. Well, no, but I want to eat it all myself…that counts, right? :)


    • Cate — April 22nd, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

      So glad you’re trying it Eileen! And I can totally relate. I wasn’t so good about sharing the leftovers either time I made this last week :)


  6. #
    Kristen — April 29, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I made this two nights ago and cannot tell you how incredible it was! I am not used to cooking with black-eyed peas (despite having grown up in the South ;) but adding them to this incredibly flavorful curry was so perfect and unique. I added chopped carrots to boost the veggie component and may add tofu next time, too. But as is, it needed no other tinkering! Thanks for such a great recipe! Next time I am definitely doubling it so we can have lots of leftovers. ;)


    • Cate — April 29th, 2013 @ 7:26 am

      Yay! So glad you liked it Kristen! Thanks so much for commenting to let me know :)


  7. #
    Oli — February 13, 2016 at 5:50 am

    I cooked this yesterday with few adjustments and added hokkaido as a side dish.
    Just wanted to step by and thank you for this delicious recipe! It is really gorgeous.


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    Shelly — December 29, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Incredibly yummy, inexpensive and healthy! It’s a winner indeed!


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