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Make yourself a little delicious luck for New Year’s Day. Black-eyed peas are a multicultural symbol of upcoming good fortune, 2014 is the perfect time to get in on the tradition with this delicious curry. Rebecca, Recipe Hunter

Rebecca Small

THE RECIPE

Creamy Goan Black-Eyed Pea Curry – Lucky New Year’s Recipe

We’re up all night to get lucky...by eating black-eyed peas.

So why do black-eyed peas have a lucky connotation, you may wonder? One, eating the humble black-eyed pea demonstrates a lack of vanity on the New Year, which will bring prosperity for the rest of it. Two, the expansion of black eyed peas when they cook resembles your expanding wealth in the New year. And three, their round shape (loosely) looks like coins. Each culture has it’s own black-eyed pea recipe, but today we’re turning to the West Indian state of Goa, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea, whose cuisine matches its tropical climate. Goan cuisine is known for its judicious use of coconut milk, and this curry is no exception. Indian food can often feel intimidating to make or shop for with its wide array of spices, but this dish packs all that authentic Indian flavor while using spices you may already have on hand: ground coriander, turmeric, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Cate’s recipe also happens to be vegan and gluten free.

No matter which version of lucky black-eyed pea symbolism you subscribe to, this curry is an undeniably delicious addition to your festivities.

 

THE CHEF

Cate Alexandra

Food Writer & Photographer

Cate Alexandra from Girl Cooks World

Variety is the spice of life and every meal is an opportunity to try something new. All of my recipes are gluten free, and many of them are vegetarian, vegan and/or paleo.

Hailing from sunny Honolulu, Cate is a writer, photographer, blogger and adventurer. Creator of Girl Cooks World, she shares her travel-inspired, original, and satisfying recipes with us, and proves to be a superhero for those on wheat-free diets. Brave in the face of any culinary escapade, she tackles cooking and eating gluten free with an artful flare, adding to the challenge by taking her skills global. Cate travels to faraway places (sometimes by plane, sometimes by saucepan) gathering tasty multicultural inspirations along the way, crafting creative mouthwatering solutions for gluten free cooks of any skill level. In our opinion, the best way to describe Cate is that she’s an “eternal culinary optimist”, fully appreciating the priceless value of the perfect chocolate cupcake and an expedition into the beautiful (flavorful) unknown.


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THE TIP

How to Quick Soak Dried Beans in 1 Hour

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