ethiopian black eyed peas with coconut milk in a white bowl with spoon

Ethiopian Black-Eyed Peas with Coconut Milk

Ethiopian black eyed peas with coconut milk is a deliciously creamy and healthy dish with the perfect amount of heat!

I love Ethiopian food. And for some reason, I had never made it at home. But I came across this recipe for Ethiopian black eyed peas with coconut milk in a recent issue of Food & Wine and knew I had to make it. What’s more, it’s from Marcus Samuelsson, so you know it’s delicious!

This dish is bursting with flavor; it has a nice level of heat, and the coconut milk adds lovely creaminess which makes it a very satisfying and hearty dish. And the ginger-garlic-chile trifecta is one of my all-time favorite things. If you are new to Ethiopian food, this is a great dish to start with. It’s easy to make, healthy, and delicious.

ethiopian blacked eyed peas with coconut milk garnished with cilantro in a white bowl

Step-By-Step Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, cover the peas with water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat until tender, about 40 minutes.
  • Add a generous pinch of salt and let stand for 5 minutes, then drain well.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion, ginger, garlic and chile and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the berbere and turmeric and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and stock and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes break down and the sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes.
  • Add the peas to the sauce and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until the peas are lightly coated, about 10 minutes. Fold in the cilantro and scallions and serve.
black eyed peas soaking in water

FAQS

  • What is berbere seasoning? It is a traditional spice blend that is ubiquitous in Ethiopia. While it typically contains over a dozen spices, with each home cook having their own particular blend, the key ingredients are usually red chili peppers, fenugreek, and ginger.
  • Can I cook the black-eyed peas ahead of time? Yes, you can make the black-eyed peas one day ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator.
  • How do I store any leftovers? Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Can I use whole milk in place of coconut milk? While coconut milk adds delicious tropical flavor to this dish and makes it naturally vegan, you can substitute dairy milk.
ethiopian black eyed peas with coconut milk in bowl with pan of black eyed peas in background

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ethiopian black eyed peas with coconut milk in a white bowl with spoon

Ethiopian Black-Eyed Peas with Coconut Milk

Ethiopian black eyed peas with coconut milk is a deliciously creamy and healthy dish with the perfect amount of heat!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Ethiopian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups dried black-eyed peas
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons non-dairy butter
  • 1 large red onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 habanero chile, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons berbere seasoning*
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan, cover the peas with water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat until tender, about 40 minutes.
  • Add a generous pinch of salt and let stand for 5 minutes, then drain well.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion, ginger, garlic and chile and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the berbere and turmeric and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and stock and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes break down and the sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes.
  • Add the peas to the sauce and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until the peas are lightly coated, about 10 minutes. Fold in the cilantro and scallions and serve.

Notes

*Berbere is an Ethiopian ground red chile spice mix. You can make your own blend or purchase it at a specialty food shop such as kalustyans.com.
Keyword berbere seasoning, black-eyed peas, coconut milk, garlic, ginger, red onion
 

8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love black eyed peas and I’m so intrigued about the berbere spice mixture. Will have to try to find some! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Gastronotherapy

      You are welcome! I actually made my own berbere spice blend, as it’s very easy to make if you have the spices on hand. 🙂

  2. Jessica Formicola

    5 stars
    I love black eyed peas, but I’ve never made them with coconut milk! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  3. 5 stars
    My hubby and I love love love black eyed peas! I was so interested in trying this recipe out and we loved it! I will definitely make this recipe again!

  4. 5 stars
    Black Eyed Peas is one of my favorite legumes and since I already make my own Berbere seasoning I always have in stock, it was easy for me to whip up this delicious recipe at a moment’s notice for lunch. This is definitely getting added to the weekly repertoire!

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