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Black Eyed Pea Masala

January 21, 2010

Here she is

The first meal the Omnivore cooked for me.  Well, this here photo is actually a replica of that first meal, made with ground turkey instead of ground beef.

Jealous?  What?  Cream of Celery soup + canned corn + shredded cheese + egg noodles doesn’t make your tastebuds tingle?  Come on.  Admit it :-p

The first time my husband made Carla’s Casserole (yes, that’s the name for it, but it never gets baked in the oven in true casserole style and who knows who Carla is…) for me, a long, long, time ago, I ate it gladly.  The second time my husband made it for me, I ate this instead (don’t worry, he wasn’t offended!):

Now, I will make no claims about whose meal was more delicious that night I made black eyed pea masala.  Afterall, neither one of us allowed the other’s food to waft in our general directions.  What I can assure you, though, is that I enjoyed my meal more.  And it was certainly prettier 🙂

What interested me most about this recipe was the use of black eyed peas is the non-hoppin’ john motif.  No need to be stuck in a southern cuisine rut with these bad boys!  They are delicious in Indian food, too.

Black Eyed Pea Masala (8 small servings, adapted from FatFreeVegan)
2 cups black-eyed peas
1 large red onion, diced
1 teaspoon cumin (ground)
1 tablespoon ginger-root, minced (or ginger paste)
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or other red pepper (or to taste)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 15-ounce cans diced tomato
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
chopped parsley or cilantro, to garnish

Heat a large non-stick pot.  Spray the bottom with cooking spray and add the onions and bell pepper. Cook, stirring, until onions soften. Add the cumin and cook for 1 minute. Add the ginger and garlic and stir for about 30 seconds.

Add the drained peas and all remaining ingredients. Add 2 cups of water and bring to a low boil.  Simmer 20 minutes and serve with your carb of choice.

Nutrition (per serving): 178 calories, 6 calories from fat, 0g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 517.1mg sodium, 519.3mg potassium, 32.8g carbohydrates, 5.8g fiber, 7.1g sugar, 11g protein, 2.8 points.

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