I really love all pulses but for some reason I very rarely eat black eyed beans. I just don’t see many recipes for them and they seem not to be as popular as chickpeas, black beans and other pulses. So I was delighted to stumble across this recipe, which came from a very helpful contributor to the BBC Food message boards, IaninFrance (I’ve mentioned his dal recipe before which is a favourite of mine).
I presoaked the beans so that I didn’t need to let the beans sit in the boiling water for an hour. Whilst doing this I messed up how much water I was using so I got a little confused at the end, but I simply drained the cooked beans, reserved the liquor and added it until I got the texture I wanted. If you’re not an idiot like me you won’t have that trouble. The only other change I used was to use tinned tomatoes as the ones I can get here at this time of year are not worth any effort skinning.
For a midweek Indian meal I really love brown rice + a pulse dish + some kind of green vegetable dish. So I served this bean dish with some brown rice and some greens! I love greens and they’re locally grown and cheap (just 79p for quite a big bag in Sainsburys). I didn’t follow a recipe but I just stuck the shredded greens in a hot pan with some sliced green chillis, mustard seeds, salt and shredded coconut, and stuck a lid on, stirring regularly until the greens were nicely wilted.
We both really liked this black eyed bean curry. It’s a lovely texture with not too much spice but a good depth of flavour. I think you could probably use tinned beans if you wanted but I think the texture of the final dish may suffer a bit. In any case if you remember to presoak they’re not one of the pulses that take hours and hours to cook.
this looks very good! i just recently had black eyed beans for the first time, and i like them a lot. you’re right though…i almost never see recipes that use them! i’ll have to try this one out.
I’ve never had black eyed beans, that does look really good though!
I’m another who’s not tried Black Eyed Beans either!!
That plateful looks totally delicious and you’ve made me decide what I’m gonna cook for dinner tonight!