Black Eyed Peas & Pepper Rice is a flavorful rice preparation. With the goodness of protein & combination of pepper, this rice dish is delicious & hearty!
September is National Rice Month. It's a time to celebrate the harvest of this small but mighty grain that has captivated hearts and filled stomachs of millions across the globe for more than 300 years. One of the oldest grains known to mankind, this rice is nutritious and sustainable as a crop. In India, rice is the one of the most preferred meal option for all across ages. Even a new-born is introduced to rice in the form of khichdi which is nothing but mildly flavored rice and lentils. As a South Indian, even we use rice in many of our dishes like Idli/Dosa/Uttapam along with consuming it in its actual form like in Traditional Curd Rice or eat it with Sambhar or Paruppu Rasam. Basically, we as a clan are voracious rice eaters.
So at home, we cook rice very frequently. Thankfully even KR loves to eat it and we both look for excuses to consume it. But, now being more conscious of our health, we restrict rice consumption to weekends only. This week however was an exception. It was going pretty hectic as we were planning to rip off our carpet floor and put laminate. So we had lots of moving of things to do in all rooms. Both of us were exhausted by end of the day and wondering what to have for dinner. Reading each other's minds, we both blurted out "Rice!" KR suggested that I make some kind of fried rice for dinner. But knowing very well that I too was tired, he strictly told me to keep it very simple.
I immediately thought of making Cilantro Pot Rice which is super quick and easy to make. That is when I noticed the black-eyed peas in the fridge. I had some leftover from making Black Eyed Peas and Dill Curry. I decided to incorporate it into the fried rice and give it a new and peppery flavor. So here is the recipe that I created. Heat ghee in a pan. Fry black sesame seeds and cumin seeds. Then add the whole garam masala like bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns, fry for a minute. Then saute minced garlic, ginger and onions till the raw smell goes away and the onions turn translucent.
Then add boiled black-eyed peas, pepper powder and salt. Mix it and saute it for 2-3 minutes. Next add the cilantro and cooked rice. I cook the rice in the rice cooker. Give it all a good mix. Adjust seasoning as required. Lastly add a dollop of ghee on top and serve.
This Pepper Rice with Black Eyed Peas is so delicious that you will want to keep making it again and again. The aromatic garam masala in it gives it a lovely flavor and the black-eyed peas makes it a protein rich meal for vegetarians. Lastly the addition of ghee elevates the taste of this hearty meal to a whole new level. It's truly lip smacking!
Meals like these can be served for dinners on weekdays, packed in lunch boxes and/or even served for brunch! You can enjoy this rice as is or serve it with any raita. Using just few ingredients, this fried rice recipe can be your go to option when you are craving for something delicious and filling. You can even use leftover rice for this recipe. It's perfectly tempered, mildly spiced and a one pot meal which is cooked restaurant style! Both of us enjoyed this meal with some roasted papad after a long tiring day and I swear, we overate!
Pepper Rice with Black Eyed Peas
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp black sesame seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 bay leaves
- 4-5 cloves
- 3-4 peppercorns
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4-5 garlic cloves
- Half inch ginger
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 can black eyed peas/1 cup boiled black eyed peas
- 2 tbsp pepper powder
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1.5 cups cooked rice
- Salt as required
- Dollop of ghee to add before serving
- Heat ghee in a pan. Fry black sesame seeds and cumin seeds. Then add the whole garam masala like bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns, fry for a minute. Then saute minced garlic, ginger and onions till the raw smell goes away and the onions turn translucent.
- Then add boiled black eyed peas, pepper powder and salt. Mix it and saute it for 2-3 minutes. Next add the cilantro and cooked rice. I cook the rice in the rice cooker. Give it all a good mix. Adjust seasoning as required. Lastly add a dollop of ghee on top and serve.
If you too are a sucker for rice dishes, then you must also check out these interesting recipes - Tomato Soy Pilaf Rice, Beetroot & Edamame Fried Rice, Broccoli Fried Rice, Oriental Egg Fried Rice served with a Fried Egg and Green Peas Pulav. These recipes have been very popular on my blog and I have lots of readers writing to me, telling how much they have loved recreating it in their homes. There are so many variations one can try with rice and make it more flavorful. I would now love to hear from you on what is your favorite rice recipe. Do write in! After all it is National Rice Month (September)!