Vegan Southern Black Eyed Peas recipe is a quick, easy, healthy, and tasty dinner recipe that is sure to make the entire family happy. Well, here is a vegan version of popular Hoppin' John. Have you tried my - Tex Mex Black Eyed Peas and Rice Casserole with Roasted Garlic (Vegetarian)
Just like all Southern Soul food, this Vegan Southern Black Eyed Peas is packed with hearty flavors for which Southern Cuisine is famous.
Traditionally, this dish is served on New Year's Day since the black-eyed peas are a symbol of pennies and coins. Along with that, you can add collard greens to add more wealth to your life in the New Year.
Instead of Collard Green or Cabbage, I have added celery with my black-eyed peas recipe.
So, finally, another year went by. What a year it has been. The crazy lows and the lofty highs! Finally, We made it through that as well.
And, this New Year deserves a brand new and exciting start. Well, call me orthodoxical, but, I do believe in Superstitions. You are free to call me old-school and traditional, but, I do believe in Superstitions. And, one such superstition is making this Southern Black Eyed Peas.
Traditionally, this is made using bacon, Sausages, and Turkey. But, today, I decided to make a vegan version of this popular Southern recipe.
Things to Keep in Mind while Making this recipe:
- Soak Black-Eyed Peas: Make sure you soak your black-eyed peas in water overnight or for at least 2-3 hours overnight before using it in your recipe.
- Balance the Spices: While making black-eyed peas try to balance the spices. In this recipe, we add Ground Cumin and Cayenne Pepper in the name of spices. I believe less is more, and therefore, I have tried to keep the ingredients simple and few.
- Go Slow: The best part about making this recipe is going slow. I cook the recipe, on low heat, this is because that is how to make it cook effectively. Therefore, while making black-eyed peas, I try to work on low-heat.
- Do Not Make it Too Dry: Sometimes, we might overcook the black-eyed peas and it might end up too dry. But, when you are making black-eyed peas, it shouldn't be too dry, and neither should it be too watery. Ideally, it should have a thick consistency.
How to Substitute certain Ingredients?
In this recipe, you can surely substitute certain ingredients to suit your personal taste and preference.
- You can add a bay leaf to add that touch of flavor and fragrance to your Black Eyed Peas. But, make sure you remove black-eyed peas before serving.
- You can replace cayenne pepper with smoked paprika. You can also add some more heat by adding some chopped serrano peppers. Though, it is not needed, but, I like my black beans a little spicy.
- You can skip the sugar if you want. Sugar is added to balance the heat of Jalapenos and Cayenne Pepper. I like my food to have a proper balance of spices, hence whenever, I add smoked paprika or any sort of pepper I do make sure that I add some sugar.
Tips to make this recipe effectively:
These tips shall help you make your Vegan Southern Black Eyed Peas effectively.
- In case you forget about soaking black-eyed peas the night before, (just like me) then you can soak it in a bowl of warm water. Just let it sit in warm water for about 2-3 hours. After 2-3 hours, it will have a nutty taste and can be easily broken with your hands. Once it reaches that stage, you can be sure that your black-eyed peas are ready for use.
- Cover Cook on Low heat to allow even cooking. While making this recipe, try to keep the heat on low as much as possible. Allow this to simmer on low heat so that it gets cooked completely.
How to Make Vegan Southern Black Eyed Peas?
- First, soak your black-eyed peas in water overnight or in warm water for 2-3 hours, and once done, rinse it and then you are ready to use it.
- Next, Saute Onions and Garlic in a large saute pan over low heat until the onions are golden brown on the sides.
- Now, add Black-Eyed Peas, along with chopped tomato, tomato paste, and Vegetable Broth. Stir well and let it come to a slow boil.
- Next add Ground Cumin, Cayenne Pepper, Salt, Freshly Cracked Black pepper, and some sugar. Stir well and add chopped celery.
- Cover cook until thick and serve with freshly chopped jalapenos and cilantro.
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Vegan Southern Black Eyed Peas Recipe
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 2 Medium-Sized Onions finely chopped
- 4-5 Cloves Garlic minced
- ½ Pound Black Eyed Peas 226g
- 1 Medium-sized Tomato roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoon Tomato Paste
- 2 Cups Vegetable Broth
- Salt as per taste
- Freshly Cracked Black Pepper as per taste
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cumin
- ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper can replace with smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon sugar OPTIONAL
- 1 Stalk Celery diced
- Freshly Chopped Cilantro and Chopped jalapeño for Garnish
- Soak black-eyed peas overnight. Or in case you forget, make a bowl of boiling water and soak your black-eyed peas in that water for at least 2-3 hours. After 2-3 hours, strain the water, and rinse thoroughly.
- In a large heavy saute pan, saute chopped onions and minced garlic on medium-low heat until the onions are partially brown on the sides.
- Now add your black-eyed peas, roughly chopped tomato, tomato paste, and vegetable broth. Stir lightly and let it come to a slow boil over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes.
- Now add salt and freshly cracked black pepper as per your taste. Also add ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and some sugar. Stir well. Now add chopped celery and Cover cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes.
- If it turns too dry adjust with a little water or stock. The texture of black-eyed beans should be thick but not dry nor watery.Taste the seasoning and adjust as per your taste. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro, and serve right away.