How to Make Black-Eyed Peas and Rice at Home

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Julbi Pandoh
Julbi is a Punjab native who enjoys nothing better than making something special from a bunch of ingredients for her husband and daughter. This is what she loves to do and no one can deny the fact how much a Punjabi loves food. And we can see that in Julbi’s enthusiasm for food.

Making a good healthy comfy meal is something everyone wants to learn nowadays. It does not only help in keeping fit but also makes us satisfied with its health benefits. A bowl full of vegetables, lentils, beans, meat or rice is one such thing that can be experimented into any recipe. There are numerous ways in which you can cook up these. Here I am sharing one such recipe which will turn out as your healthy comfy meal bowl.

The recipe I am talking about is Black-Eyed Peas and Rice. It is a healthy bowl of rice meal. Use of different vegetables brings out a bright dish. You need to do overnight preparation for this recipe. But do not get worried about it as it is a simple, easy recipe. You can even cook this recipe with some leftover rice as this recipe demands for pre-cooked rice. This meal will provide you with good protein and other nutrients.

Some even like to add bacon in this recipe. This makes it a great deal for all the bacon lovers. And also gives a good flavor to the recipe. But the recipe I am sharing with you is without bacon. You must be eager to take a look at the recipe by now. Take a look below for all the required details for the recipe. Take a note properly and get started with the preparations.

Ingredients for Black-Eyed Peas and Rice

Black-Eyed Peas1 cup
Olive Oil1 tablespoon
Lean Diced Ham1 cup
Onion1 chopped
Green Bell Pepper½ cup chopped
Garlic1 clove minced
Water2 cups
Bay Leaves2
Paprika2 pinches
Salt and Ground Black PepperTo taste
Cooked Rice3 cups

These ingredients are readily accessible at any supermarket. Before that check once in your pantry as you might find them stocked up there too. So grab them all and till then let me share the time you will require to make this dish.

How Much Time It Will Take?

Preparation TimeCooking Time Additional TimeTotal Time
15 minutes50 minutes8 hours9 hours 5 minutes

Looking at the time taken to prepare this recipe, do not get stressed out. The recipe will just take 50 minutes to cook up. Rest 8 hours is just the time to soak the beans overnight. So enjoy cooking this recipe.

Black-Eyed Peas and Rice Recipe

Black-Eyed Peas and Rice
  1. Take a container of cold water and add black-eyed peas in it. Let it rest overnight or a minimum of 8 hours. Drain and rinse well.
  2. In a pot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Cook ham in it until it gets brown. Add green bell peppers, onions and garlic to it. Saute them till the onions get tender. This may take 10 minutes. Add black-eyed peas, water, paprika, bay leaves, salt and black pepper to it and cover the pot. Cook the peas for 40-50 minutes till they get tender.
  3. Strain the bay leaves from this mixture and add cooked rice to it. Reduce the flame to low and cook till all the liquid evaporates. 
  4. Serve hot. 

You can add some nuts to make some variation in it. So make them quickly and try them. You will love them for sure. It is a simple and easy recipe, ideal for a healthy food option.

Nutritional Breakdown of Black-Eyed Peas and Rice


How to Make Black-Eyed Peas and Rice at Home | Video

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