March 25, 2012

Curried Crowder Peas

I picked up a pack of frozen Crowder Peas at the store last weekend. I'd never had them before but they looked a bit like black eyed peas in the picture. How bad could they be? I like almost every kind of bean I've ever tried ... so in the cart it went. So today, these funny looking beans, odd shaped, and not consistently so,  had the opportunity to be New Veggie #22. I had my curry with Cumin Brown rice and Bhuna (pan roasted) Button Mushrooms.

Curried Crowder Peas (Lobiya)
Prep Time: 30 min

  1. A 1lb bag of frozen crowder peas
  2. 2 medium red onions, julienned
  3. 3 medium tomatoes, also julienned
  4. 2-3 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  5. 2-3 tsp Coriander powder
  6. 2-3 tsp Cumin powder
  7. 2-3 tsp Garam Masala
  8. 2-3 Bay leaves
  9. 1 cup Vegetable broth
  10. salt, to taste
Ingredients for Sides:
  1. 1 cup Brown Basmati Rice
  2. 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  3. 1-2 whole green Cardomoms
  4. 6 oz small button mushrooms
  5. 1 tsp Cumin powder
  6. salt to taste
  7. 1/8 cup Vegetable broth

Directions: Load up all the ingredients for the curry in a pressure cooker*, bring to a boil, add more water or vegetable broth to ensure that there is adequate liquid in the cooker and close. Cook under pressure for 10 min. Let the steam dissipate by itself before opening. 
Separately, in a skillet, boil 1/8 cup vegetable broth, add halved or quartered mushrooms, cumin and salt to taste and mix well. Cook until the broth is completely evaporated and the mushrooms begin to brown up nicely. 

Rinse dry rice in plenty of water and boil in ample amounts of water, with cumin seeds and cardamom, until done. Drain & Serve. 

My Assessment: ... this was Comfort food at its best!!

* I've been asked before if a recipe can't be made without a pressure cooker, and the answer is .. of course it can. For this one, you can use a crock-pot (slow cooker) on high for 4-5 hours, or you can simply simmer it on the stove in a dutch oven for about 60-90 minutes for the same results (check peas to make sure they have reached a creamy melt-in-your-mouth consistency). Happy cooking!

1 comment:

  1. I made this the other night and it was really good! my husband loved it.
    No red onion so I used yellow, and I cooked the onion first in olive oil, then added about 3 tablespoons of tomato paste and cooked it all for about 4 minutes or so before adding rest of ingredients.
    I did not have garlic ginger paste so I just used Chili paste and added extra garlic. I used a large can of Plum tomatoes drained and chopped. (no tomatoes)
    Also no vegetable stock so used chicken and beef stock. (leftover)
    I used the full amount of spices that the recipe suggests.

    Served with Basmati...delish! Thanks for the recipe!