A popular Southern-American tradition is to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day to bring one prosperity and good luck. Many people believe it’s not enough to eat an arbitrary amount. To ensure luck for every day of the year you have to eat 365 black-eyed peas! And so tradition varies from household to household.  But from where did the tradition originate and how did it come to grace many an American table on the 1st of the year? Find out more about why we eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s day.

As various as the explanations are as to how this dish came to be part of the pantheon of New Year dishes, what’s similarly diverse is the ways in which families cook and serve it. You’ll find many traditional recipes call for ham hocks or pig jowl as an ingredient which lends itself to providing a depth of flavor to the dish. Other recipes may use this and throw in cooked greens, the greens symbolizing money and all the monetary gains to be made in the year ahead.

The ways and reasons for making this dish are undoubtedly steeped deep in American history, and though this soul food originated in the South, its reach now extends beyond the region to households across the USA.

Not wanting to miss out on the opportunity to attract prosperity by way of eating and because we’re all about that masala life, we explored numerous Indian black-eyed pea recipes. Check out our suggestions for recipes that’ll have you starting out your new year with good luck, great vibes, and the best flavor.

1. Instant Pot Indian Black-Eyed Pea Curry

Image and recipe credit: My Heart Beets

You’ll get instant gratification using your Instant Pot to make this dish. Get the recipe here.

2. Black Eyed Peas Curry and Rice

Looking for another way to rock your peas instantly and with rice? Check out this video, courtesy Ministry of Curry.

3. Punjabi Lobia Masala

Image and recipe credit: Veg Recipes of India

Get step by step picture instructions on how to bust out this classic Punjabi curry. Click here.

4. Gujurati Chawli

Image and recipe credit: Spice Up the Curry

This is vegan AND it doesn’t use onion or garlic. This version is a crowd pleaser for the whole family, despite any varying dietary restrictions. Get the recipe here.

5. Suvir Saran’s Black-Eyed Pea Curry

Image and recipe credit: “Masala Farm: Stories and Recipes from an Uncommon Life in the Country” via Serious Eats

No list would be complete without a recipe from celebrated chef Suvir Saran! With fresh ingredients and chock full masala, this dish will provide you with comfort to start the new year off right! Get the recipe here.


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