Bharazi ... Black Eyed Peas and Coconut Curry

December 30, 2009
2 Ratings
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

This is one of those dishes that is particular to Indians who live in Nairobi. My mom made this with fish or chicken while growing up but when me and my sis became veggie she switched to the black eyed pea version ... which is equally good! Traditionally this is served with a fried coconut bread called Mandazi (recipe coming soon) but I keep it simple and just eat this with rice. Have it on new years to bring you good luck ... black eyed peas are thought to bring prosperity :D —amreen

What You'll Need
  • 2 can black eyed peas
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 small diced tomato
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon tumeric
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
  • salt to taste
  • chopped cilantro for garnish
  1. In a large pot heat the oil on medium.
  2. Saute the onions until they are transluscent ... about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and saute for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or two.
  5. Add the black eyed peas, coconut milk, cumin, chili and tumeric along with salt to taste. Reduce the heat cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and lemon juice.
  7. Have a beautiful new year :)

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I am one of the rare northern Cali girls who hearts LA. My family hails from India via Kenya and being a good little south asian i spent many of my young years in the kitchen. Surrounded by good food from birth (thanks mom!) i have always loved cooking, eating and learning about food. In recent years i have developed an interest in the history of food and its cultural connection particularly in how imperialism and colonization has had an influence on cuisines of the world. This blog is my way of exploring the amazing web of nourishment that sustains us.

8 Reviews

China M. June 8, 2020
We make this dish almost weekly and all three of my kids absolutely love it!
amreen April 28, 2010
haha thanks winnie! lemme know what u think if u make it :)
gluttonforlife April 23, 2010
Looks wonderful, can't wait for the coconut bread recipe!
amreen April 28, 2010
my mom sends her thanks :P here is a link to the mandazi (coconut bread) recipe. Would love to hear how it turns out for you :) http://comidaycultura.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/bharazi-mandazi-black-eyed-pea-curry/
testkitchenette April 22, 2010
I second WinnieAb!
amreen April 28, 2010
and i second the thanks from above :)
WinnieAb April 21, 2010
amreen April 28, 2010
haha thanks winnie! lemme know what u think if u make it :)