#16 Yoga and Black Eyed Peas

You know when something is around you all the time but then you suddenly discover it and think to yourself, how did i not see this all the time? so that’s how i feel about Yoga and Black Eyed Peas.

Let’s start with Yoga. So i used to practice loads when i was young, Iyengar yoga, some Ashtanga, it came and went for years and i never really stuck to it, i was more into the Gym, heavy lifting, squats etc. and then a few months before i left London i had a bad injury in my right ankle, fell when i was running and i couldn’t go to the gym for quite a few weeks – i was devastated and tried finding alternatives when my ankle got a bit better so i joined a Pilates-Yoga class.

Suddenly i realised how much i love meditation and breathing and focusing on specific muscles and reconnecting to myself. how much i love YOGA and it made me wonder if my ankle injury wasn’t actually telling me to slow down and re-kindel my love for Yoga?

When i got to Goa i met Galia and Jason, Vijnana Yoga teachers. I had never heard of Vijnana Yoga in the past and decided to give it a go –  I loved it, it focuses on practicing yoga from within, meditating, breathing, it’s not just the postures, it’s more than that. So i have been practicing yoga 3 times a week for the last 5 months and it’s great. it helped me get through the accident, it helps me relax and listen to myself and it makes me wonder why did i wait so long?

And then i found these Black Eyed Peas – where have they been all my life? they are a little white bean with a black spot on them. They don’t need lots of soaking in water prior to cooking, they don’t actually need lots of things added to them, they are truly yummy.

My Little Nina who is so fussy with food loves them, that makes me really happy as they are really good for a healthy digestive system and prevent constipation, they are full of Iron so they prevent anemia, they are good for your skin and lower blood pressure, what can i say? i am hooked! so i have 2 great recipes for these little wonders: a salad and a hot dish. make sure to soak tem for 2-3 hours in water before cooking, i use a cooker but they can be cooked in a regular pot, just takes a bit longer. for the Bhaji you will need the cooking water so don’t throw it out.

These dishes are great as a side dish but can completely be a meal on their own, their also Vegan which is great!

Black Eyed Peas salad

What You Will Need

  • 2x Cups cooked black eyed peas
  • 2x Chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x Chopped red onion
  • Medium bunch of chopped coriander
  • 2 x TBSP olive oil
  • 2 x Squeezed lemons or limes
  • 1 x TSP ground cumin
  • 1 x TSP ground coriander seeds
  • 1 x TSP salt

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and simply ENJOY!

Black Eyed Peas Bhaji

What You Will Need

  • 2x Cups cooked black eyed peas – keep the water you cooked the peas in
  • 2 x TBSP olive oil
  • 2x Chopped onions
  • 3x Tomatoes pureed (or a 1x can of tomato puree)
  • Spices: 1x TSP Turmeric, 1 x TSP fenugreek seeds, 1x TSP ground cumin, 1x TSP ground corriander seeds
  • 1 x TSP salt (or to taste)
  • To make a paste: 1 x bunch of fresh mint, 1/4 bunch coriander leaves, 4 cm fresh ginger, 1x green chilly, 2 x fresh limes squeezed (or lemons)

Let’s Get Started

  • Heat the oil in a pan, add onions and fry until golden
  • Add spices, mix well and then add pureed tomatoes

  • Combine all paste ingredients in a blender to create a smooth paste

  • Add Black eyed peas with the cooking water, mint paste and salt
  • Cook for about 10 minutes on a low flame, mix every 2-3 minutes
  • serve with basmati rice
  • Enjoy!


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