If you have not tried black-eyed peas on the new year, no worry. This versatile and kind bean can still bring you good luck with health and wellness whenever you want to try it. It is never too late to eat healthily. Here is an Indian style Black-Eyed peas recipe if you would like to try it!
Run dry black-eyed peas through water first to get rid of any dust and pesticide residues. Then soak them in a container overnight. Prior to cooking, drain the water then put the beans in a pressure cooker and add about 6 cups of water. Cook on medium heat and take 1 whistle or until the pressure cooker starts steaming and steam for about 5 minutes if you are using a non-whistle pressure cooker. Turn the heat off. Wash and peel an onion, garlic, and green chili and chop them finely. Wash tomatoes and chop them finely and keep them aside in an asperate bowl. Heat olive oil in a medium pan on medium heat. Put cumin seeds followed by chopped onion, garlic, and chili. Saute until light golden brown. Add the fresh tomatoes and cook until done. Add the turmeric powder and masala and mix well. Turn off the stove. Open the pressure cooker when all the steam pressure has settled. Add this tomato masala to the beans. Add salt. Pressure cook for another 2-3 minutes. The beans should be thickened now. You can adjust the consistency with some extra water according to your preference. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and enjoy!
Fun Facts: Black-Eyed peas are considered lucky food and are traditionally eaten in the southern part of the U.S. in the new year. Beans and rice usually go together and make a complete protein.
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This recipe makes a Yellow Green Dot recipe according to our food rating system (Food Coach) due to its being a great balance of calories, healthy carbohydrates, proteins, fat and dietary fiber.
Beans are also an excellent source of B vitamins. B vitamins are essential in providing a steady source of energy and boost healthy metabolism. Black-Eyed Peas are also an excellent source of iron and folate. Iron and folate are very vital nutrients needed for healthy red and white blood cells in our bodies.
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