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Coconut Black-Eyed Peas

by elyn_ryn

This coconut black-eyed peas recipe, made with spices and canned coconut milk, makes a great New Year’s Day dish. It pairs well with Sweet Skillet Cornbread and Pineapple Salsa.

Coconut Black-Eyed Peas For New Year’s Day

It is a Southern U.S. tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day because they are said to bring good luck in the new year. And who doesn’t want good luck? Some sources suggest that this tradition began in the South during the Civil War. Union soldiers raided food stores but left the black-eyed peas untouched because they were usually fed to cattle. Fortunately for confederate soldiers, the black-eyed peas provided a food source during the cold winter. After that, they were considered lucky, and eating them on New Year’s Day became the perfect way to start the new year.

Black-eyed peas cooked in coconut milk and spices

Nutritious Black-Eyed Peas

The best luck from these little peas (which are actually beans and not peas) might come from their nutrients, which are great for your health–especially heart health. Black-eyed peas contain phytosterols, which can reduce cholesterol and inflammation. They are also full of fiber and protein and contain many micronutrients such as folate, copper, and iron.

Coconut Black-Eyed Peas

Use Coconut Milk from a Can

Use unsweetened coconut milk from a can instead of from a carton. Canned milk is more concentrated and has less water than carton milk. Also, use whole coconut milk instead of light milk for the best flavor. You can use any brand of coconut milk that you like. (Here is a link to one brand.) You can usually find coconut milk in the international foods section at the grocery store.

Black-eyed peas cooked in coconut milk and spices
Be sure to use canned unsweetened coconut milk instead of coconut in a carton.

Preparing Coconut Black-Eyed Peas

This Coconut Black-Eyed Peas recipe differs from traditional Southern peas because it adds coconut milk and spices and does not use any ham for flavoring. It also uses frozen peas rather than canned or dry. The advantages of frozen peas are that they taste fresher than canned peas and have a much shorter cooking time than dried peas.

Try Pineapple Salsa with Coconut Black-Eyed Peas

This savory dish with coconut milk is delicious when served over rice with tangy Pineapple Salsa. Also, try Skillet Sweet Cornbread with it.

Black-eyed peas cooked in coconut milk and spices

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Black-eyed peas cooked in coconut milk and spices

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Coconut Black-Eyed Peas
This coconut black-eyed peas recipe, made with spices and canned coconut milk, makes a great New Year's Day dish.
Coconut Black-Eyed Peas
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
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Coconut Black-Eyed Peas
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Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to a large Dutch oven. Heat the pan, add the onion, and stir until the onion wilts. Then add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add the oregano, thyme, chili flakes, cumin, salt, and pepper, and stir to mix.
  3. Add the frozen peas, coconut milk, and stock. Heat (with the lid propped on the pan) on medium-low heat for approximately 50 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding extra stock (or water) to keep the peas from scorching. During the last 5-10 minutes of cooking, remove the lid to let the sauce thicken. This dish is delicious with rice, cornbread, and pineapple salsa.
Recipe Notes

Crushed Red Chili Flakes

Add more or less to suit your taste.

Curry Powder

If you are a curry fan, add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of curry powder when you add the cumin.

Coconut Milk

Use canned whole coconut milk instead of milk in a carton.

What to Serve with this Dish

Serve these peas on a bed of rice (or alongside it). They are delicious with Sweet Skillet Cornbread and Pineapple Salsa (click here).

 

 

 

 

 

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