This dish was inspired by a mezze platter that I had while visiting Turkey. They have a wonderful tradition of offering an assortment of cold and hot appetizers (mezze) along with warm bread. This curried black-eyed pea dish became one of our favorites. It’s easy to make and full of fresh herbs and spices.
2 Cups Dry Black Eyed Peas
3 Tablespoons Fresh Mint (minced)
3 Tablespoons Fresh Dill (minced)
3 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley (minced)
2 Tablespoons Onion (minced)
Juice 1/2 lemon
2 Tablespoons Red Bell Pepper (minced)
2 Teaspoons Yellow Curry Powder
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Honey
1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Place the peas in a pot and cover with water. Bring the pot to a boil for 2 – 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the peas to soak for 60 minutes. Drain and return the beans the pot. Cover with water and bring the pot to a boil. Continue to cook until the peas are soft but not mushy.(approximately 30 minutes). Stain the peas and allow them to cool.
Add the fresh herbs, onions and red bell peppers.
Combine the olive oil, honey, dry herbs and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the beans.
Serve with lemon.
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