Source: Raghavan Iyer | Category: Entrees, Sauté/Stir-Frying

Black-eyed Peas with Mustard Greens

This is one of those curries that is not only good, but also good for you. Mustard greens house an incredibly large amount of iron and provide a hint of bitterness to the saucy peas.

Black-eyed Peas with Mustard Greens


  • For the Peas:
  • 1/4 cup canola oil 60 mL
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds 10 mL
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion 250 mL
  • 1 large tomato, cored and finely chopped
  • 2 fresh green Thai, cayenne, or serrano chilis, stem removed and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices (do not remove the seeds)
  • 2 tsp garam masala 10 mL
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarse kosher or sea salt 7 mL
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric 1 mL
  • 3 cups cooked black-eyed peas (see tip) 750 mL
  • 1 cup water 250 mL
  • For the Greens:
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil 30 mL
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger 30 mL
  • 6 cups finely chopped mustard greens (1 large bunch, tough ribs removed, and thoroughly washed 1.5L


  • 1. In medium-sized saucepan, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds. Allow them to sizzle, turn reddish-brown, and smell fragrant, 10 to 15 seconds. Add onion and stir-fry until light brown around the edges, 2 to 4 minutes.
  • 2. Stir in tomato, chilis, garam masala, salt and tumeric. Simmer on medium heat, stirring occasionally, to soften tomato, about 5 minutes.
  • 3. Add peas and water. Bring them to a boil. Continue to simmer it vigorously on medium heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce slightly thickens and the peas have had a chance to absorb the potent flavors, about 15 minutes.
  • 4. While peas simmer, heat canola oil in wok or deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and stir-fry until lightly brown and aromatic, about 1 minute.
  • 5. Grab handfuls of mustard greens and stir-fry until they wilt, about 1 minute for each handful. Once they all wilt, continue to cook them, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until all water leached from the greens evaporate, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • 6. Stir this into pot of stewed peas and serve.
  • Tips: Frozen black-eyed peas are widely available in your supermarket. Follow the package directions to cook them. If you use canned peas (2 cans, about 15 oz/430g each will yield a tad bit over 3 cups), make sure you drain and rinse them before use. Cooked garbanzo beans or kidney beans are excellent alternatives should you wish for something different.If you wish to cook your own peas using dried ones, here's what to do. Place 1 cup (250 mL) peas in a pressure cooker. Fill the cooker halfway with tap water and rinse the grains by rubbing them between your fingertips. The water may appear slightly dirty. Drain this water. Repeat 3 to 4 times until the water, after rinsing, is relatively clear; drain. Now add the 3 cups (750 mL) water and bring to a boil, uncovered, over high heat. Skim and discard any foam that surfaces to the top. Seal the cooker shut and allow the pressure to build up. Once the bell shaped weight begins to jiggle or whistle, lower the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 20 minutes. Turn off the burner and allow the pressure to subside naturally before opening the lid, about 15 minutes. In the absence of a pressure cooker, follow the same directions as above using a medium-sized saucepan. Except, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer them, covered, until they are tender, 30 to 40 minutes.


6 servings

serving size

nutritional analysis

Per Serving

Total Fat15 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Carbohydrates26 g
Fiber9 g
Protein9 g
Sodium610 mg