By / Photography By Michael Marquand | January 09, 2017



In a large saucepan, cover the peas with water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until tender, about 45 minutes.

Add a pinch of salt and 3 cups of water and bring to a boil, uncovered, over high heat. Skim off and discard any foam that rises to the surface. Cook until peas are tender.

Pour 1 cup water into a blender and add the chopped onion and the chopped chilis. Add the shredded coconut, salt, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cardamom and turmeric. Puree to make a rough paste. Set it aside.

Stir the coconut paste into the cooked black-eyed peas and simmer over medium-low heat, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the flavors mingle, 5 to 10 minutes.

Heat the oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. Add the mustard seeds, cover the pan, and cook until the seeds have stopped popping, about 30 seconds. Stir mustard seeds, oil and coconut milk into black-eyed pea mixture.

Sprinkle with sliced scallions and cilantro and serve warm.


Recipe courtesy of Moss Cafe's Executive Chef, Abigael Birrell


  • 2 cups dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 jalapeños, with stems and seeds removed
  • ½ cup shredded, dried unsweetened coconut, covered with ½ cup boiling water, set aside for about 15 minutes and then drained
  • 2 teaspoons fine kosher or sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
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