A cow peas recipe now made popular by Dr. Nelson Mandela is the South African Samp and Cowpeas meal. This is only one of the numerous recipes to in which cowpeas are used. It is more or less a meal of dried corn and cowpeas cooked in a soupy sauce of butter, pepper, onion and tomatoes if desired.
Cowpeas can be eaten boiled, as casseroles, purees, and in many African soups like in owoh soup also called owoheri in Nigerian Niger Delta.
Most of the recipes described are prepared from pre-boiled cow peas. For a fantastic result, wash and pre-soak your cow peas over night. Bring to boil rapidly for about 20 – 30 minutes in a heavy based sauce pan. This helps to remove some unhealthy chemicals in the seed. Then reduce the heat and allow simmering for another 30 minutes, adding water, to achieve tenderness as desired. To prevent the peas clumping together, add about a tablespoon full of cooking oil or butter during boiling. Then you are ready for your favourite cow pea recipe.
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Curried Cowpeas Recipe
Curried cow peas recipe is the most common form in which cowpeas is eaten and enjoyed. From Lagos to London or dinning tables in Karachi to Kinshasa, cowpeas features frequently in Asian and African foods. To prepare a curried cowpeas recipe, the following is needed.
You should have first of all prepared your cowpeas as described above, by soaking overnight and boiling it.
Now place a heavy based saucepan or cooking pot on a stove top. Allow to heat up. Pour 5 – 6 teaspoon full of olive or cooking vegetable oil and allow to heat up for 2 -3 minutes.
Sprinkle in your chopped onion. Allow onion to become brown.
Pour in your already blended mix of chopped tomatoes, fresh pepper – hot chili, and onion.
Stir gently for another 5 minutes; allowing the tomatoes, onion and pepper mix to fry.
Now sprinkle a tablespoon full of curry. Stir. Add your fresh cooked prawn. Stir. Cover saucepan and allow mixture to simmer for 3 – 5 minutes.
At this point, introduce your pre-soaked and already boiled cow peas. Stir mix for 1 – 2 minutes. Leave on low heat and allow simmering for 3 – 5minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent it from burning underneath.
Add salt and little water to taste. Simmer for a few minutes and hurray! Your curried cowpeas recipe is ready to eat.
Serve with bread or rice, or yam or plantain according to taste.
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