Black Eyed Peas Curry Recipe (Instant Pot Version)

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Black Eyed Peas Curry Recipe (Instant Pot Version)

This is easy to prepare Black Eyed Peas Curry Recipe that is so simple yet flavorful. It melts in your mouth with the warming spices and it is very hearty, perfect to serve on a chilly night. Both stovetop and ‘no soaking’ Instant Pot versions are included. Serve a bowl of this curried black-eyed peas with rice, quinoa, roti or cauliflower rice.
Curried Black-Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas Curry is a popular Indian curry recipe but I always do mine with a Caribbean twist/flavor. The result of the adapted black-eyed peas Indian curry recipe is so amazing.

Black Eyed Peas Curry Recipe (Instant Pot Version) is one of the earlier recipes that I share on here, it was first written February 27, 2013. I realized it needed some TLC so I decided to remake the recipe, add some updated photo and include my quick and easy ‘no soak’ Instant Pot method.

Growing up in Jamaica, making and eating curries is an integral part of our culture. Curry goat or chicken is served at most of our formal gatherings. Since becoming vegan, I have made so many curry vegetable and bean recipes that taste amazing!

My family enjoyed eating my Black Eyed Peas Curry Recipe (Instant Pot Version),  that my husband couldn’t stop commenting on how flavorful it was. He said all that was missing was some roti because I served it with rice, string beans, and a salad.

He said it tasted as flavorful as my Jamaican Curry Potato, Curry Cabbage, Vegan Chickpea Curry and Vegan Chicken Curry recipes. As a matter of fact, he enjoys all my curry recipes.

Black Eyed Peas Curry Recipe (Instant Pot Version) Ingredients and step by step photos

 How To Make Black Eyed Peas Curry

This simple Black Eyed Peas curry requires everyday ingredients that are found in most kitchens.  Onion, garlic, ginger, tomato are sauteed then curry powder, cumin, turmeric, thyme, and pepper added, Finally black-eyed peas, vegetable broth and salt are added and allowed to cook into a hearty, thick curry.

To make a delicious curry recipe that is very flavorful, it is important to start with a good curry powder blend. My favorite blend is Chief. If you are fed up of trying curry recipes that fail miserably then try this brand.

Also try my readers favorite,  Southern Black-Eyed Peas.

How To Make Black Eyed Peas In The Instant Pot Using The  ‘No Soak Method’?

Making Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Curry is a breeze in an Instant Pot. I basically set the Instant Pot on Saute. Heat oil and add onion, garlic, ginger, tomato, thyme and saute until vegetables are soft. Add curry powder, cumin, and turmeric and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Next, I add the washed black-eyed peas, vegetable broth. Turn off saute mode,  cover the Instant Pot,  close the pressure valve by turning the vent on sealing and press Manual Mode(High Pressure) for 20 minutes. Allow naturally manual release for 10 minutes, then release vent to release remaining pressure. The pin will drop so you can open the lid.

Note: If the curry is not thick enough for your liking, press the off button then press Saute Mode and allow to cook, stir until you get the desired thickness. 

Black Eyed Peas Curry Recipe (Instant Pot Version)

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 205 kcal / 857 kJ
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Carbs: 30 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 20 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • For:
  • 4 Servings



Stove Top Method

  1. Skip if using the 'no-soak method' in Instant Pot. (Instructions following) Remove debris from beans, then rinse and place into a large bowl adding cold water to cover (at least 2 inches above beans). Soak for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. The following morning, drained water using a colander and rinse beans thoroughly.
  3. Place drained beans in a large saucepan, add 4 -5 cups water and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 1 hour until beans are tender. Reserve 21/2 cups of liquid from the cooked beans or substitute with 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth.
  4. In a medium saucepan, heat oil or vegetable broth over medium heat and add onion, garlic, green onions, ginger, and saute until onion is softened, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes.
  5. Add tomato and thyme, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, cayenne and cook until fragrant. Add black eye peas along with the reserved liquid and stir. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to simmer. Cook, uncovered to thicken, for 15 minutes while stirring.

The Instant Pot Method

  1. Wash and drain black-eyed peas and set aside. Remove the lid of the Instant Pot and press the sauté button. Heat oil and add onion, garlic, spring onion, ginger. and saute until onion is soft about 3 minutes.
  2. Add tomato and thyme, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper, and cook until fragrant. Add black eye peas along with vegetable broth and stir.
  3. Turn off saute mode,  cover the Instant Pot,  close the pressure valve by turning the vent on sealing and press Manual Mode(High Pressure) for 20 minutes. Allow naturally manual release for 10 minutes, then release vent to release remaining pressure. The pin will drop so you can open the lid. Check seasoning and serve.


Indian Black-Eyed Peas Curry

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Sherry Karr
    January 1, 2021

    My first curry dish! And first black eyed pea dish! So good, thank you!

  2. Angela Ward
    August 10, 2020

    man it really looks & tastes like beef. My carnivore husband liked it and said the taste was like beef but the texture was different and drier. My coworker tried one and said she’d never know it was vegan. I may try to add portobello mushroom for moisture next time

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      August 10, 2020

      Angela, that’s amazing. I’m so happy your hubby and co-worker enjoyed it. Thank you very much for sharing your feedback with us.

  3. Katrina Fowlkes
    June 16, 2020

    Yummy! I doubled this recipe hoping it would be delicious, and I am glad I did! Thank you for spicing up black eyed peas for me. I don’t think I will be going back to the old way of eating them. I did use tomato paste instead of tomatoes due to personal preference. This one is a keeper and I will be sharing it.

  4. Linda
    June 10, 2020

    Can you use canned black eyed peas?

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      June 10, 2020

      If you want to use canned black-eyed peas my recommendation is to cook it on the stovetop and only add 1/2 or 1 cup of liquid and cook until you reach the desired thickness. You wouldn’t need an Instant Pot.

  5. Christelle Bechara
    May 5, 2020

    Can i use vegetable stock (cube) instead of vegetable broth?
    Thank you!

  6. Julie
    April 18, 2020

    I tried this for the first time this week. I made it for lunch. My husband said I could give it to him every day for lunch. It is that good. Then we ordered take out to support a local business during the corona virus. About an hour after we ordered they notified us it would be another 1 1/2 hour. So we cancelled the order and made this for dinner. I didn’t have a tomato so I added a tablespoon or more of tomato paste. It turned out the same as the first batch that had the tomato. This will now be a go to recipe for us. I’m excited to try your other recipes.

  7. Victoria
    March 24, 2020

    I want to make this today and do not have a fresh tomato. Have you tried it with a tbsp. of tomato paste? I will have to give it a try so will let you know. It looks great!

  8. Caroline E
    January 8, 2020

    This looks so good. Is the cook time longer if you double the recipe?

  9. Corbett
    November 13, 2019

    This was delicious!

  10. Monica
    October 18, 2019

    When I tell you this is my new jam, I mean it! I usually have to double up on spices but this was perfect!! Made a second batch as soon as the first was done. I’m looking for more of your instant pot recipes but I’ve already shared this one with lots of friends. Thank you!!! More please and thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 19, 2019

      Monica, that is so awesome, I’m so happy you enjoyed my recipe and I’m so grateful that you shared it with your friends, thank you very much.
      Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  11. Connie
    July 10, 2019

    I’m keen to try this recipe but could you tell me the instant pot manual cooking time if I soak the beans 8-12 hours before hand. Thanks

  12. Renee Coles
    July 10, 2019

    I really enjoyed this, as did my husband. It’s going into our “regular rotation”.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 10, 2019

      That’s wonderful to read, I’m so happy you and your husband enjoyed it, I appreciate your feedback.

  13. Kari Tabach
    March 23, 2019

    Why does the cooking time say 1 hr and 10 mins when instructions say 20 min?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 23, 2019

      Thank you for seeing the typo, I appreciate it!

  14. Kimberly
    February 20, 2019

    So am I missing in the instructions for instapot! When do I do the tomatoes ? trying this tonight I’ll just throw them in but let me know the right way!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 21, 2019

      Hello Kimberly, sorry I missed you. The instructions mentioned when you should add the tomatoes. I hope you enjoyed it.

  15. Sheila
    September 21, 2018

    Love the curry in the instant pot, it’s very tasty. Also love your cook book.

  16. Philly
    June 13, 2018

    So I was finally convinced to get an instant pot…it’s great… recipe is lovely too. My question is are u going to make an instant pot cook book .. I am ready to buy…. I know u have a few but I need more recipes…???I will try to some of your non instant pot recipes in the instant pot… might be a disaster but we will c…

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 14, 2018

      Hello Philly, congrats on your Instant Pot purchase. It is so handy for potlucks etc. I need to do one as soon as I get through this entire month of catering events and settle down. That’s a great idea if you experiment ahead if you have success please share with me. I might include those recipes in the cookbook.

  17. Philly
    April 4, 2018

    Love black eye peas… what can u substitute for the curry powder

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 4, 2018

      Philly thank you, 2 teaspoons turmeric,1 ½ teaspoons cumin and 1 teaspoon ground coriander should be mild and I also love to use 1/8 teaspoon cardamon and fenugreek if you have on hand.

  18. Adriana Lopez MartIn
    April 4, 2018

    I enjoy black eyed peas but have never tried them with curry. This is a great idea to transform a Southern favorite into an Indian inspired dish, juts lovely!

  19. Courtney
    April 4, 2018

    My fiancee and I just discovered black eyed peas and this year and loved them. Your Black Eyed Peas Curry recipe sounds delicious! We absolutely love curries and Caribbean flavours, thank you for the recipe.

  20. Emily
    April 4, 2018

    I’m always on the look out for new instant pot recipes to try! Can’t wait to try this black eyed peas curry!

  21. Danielle
    April 4, 2018

    What a delicious and hearty curry this looks like. It sounds like it would be really cheap to make too.

  22. Jill
    April 4, 2018

    I have lots of old recipes needing some TLC, so I can certainly relate to that :) I’ve never made a curry like this before, and definitely not in an instant pot, so I’ll need to try it. Great recipe!