I would not call myself completely superstitious but I think it folly to ignore the potential to rack up good luck for an entire year, especially when through delicious means. Last year at this time I shared a recipe for Hoppin’ John, a traditional dish in the U.S. South believed to predisposition one for good fortune if eaten first thing in the new year. It is a delicious, hearty dish I’d gladly eat every morning. Featuring the beans, rice, some spicy flavor and pork, one is lucky merely to get to eat it for breakfast; any additional good luck is upside.
The original roots of this soup are Tanzanian. It is a wonderful mix of coconut and curry flavors, sweet and salty.
The traditional recipe for this soup calls for green pepper though I prefer red pepper both for the look and sweetness. I have always used canned organic unsweetened coconut milk (be sure not use coconut cream or sweetened coconut milk). I have not used the coconut milk one can find in the ‘dairy’ case now nor made my own; here is a link to make your own (click here). True confession? I rarely buy fresh tomatoes out of season due to their lack of flavor. I do think the structure of a fresh tomato lends itself to this recipe better than home canned tomatoes however.
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup yellow onions, chopped
- ½ cup green or red pepper, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup fresh tomato, chopped into small pieces (approximately ½ inch)
- 2 ½ cups black eyed peas (canned, drained or dried, soaked and cooked until tender before adding)
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- A large pinch of sugar
- 3 cups water
- ¾ cups rice, cooked
- Optional garnish: Grated coconut and julienned red pepper
- In a large stock pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Once melted add the onion, pepper, curry powder, salt and pepper. Sautee for 2-3 minutes until well combined and vegetables begin to soften.
- Add chopped tomato. Continue to sauté for two more minutes.
- Add black eyed peas, coconut milk, sugar and water. Stir to combine and bring to a low simmer. Simmer about 15 minutes.
- Add rice and taste for additional seasoning. Note: I usually add a bit more salt and pepper at this point. Garnish if desired and serve!
Don’t Forget: for luck, eat a bit the very first thing on the New Year! Whether it be at 12:01 a.m. or when you get up!
More Boulder Locavore ‘lucky’ New Year’s options:
Hoppin’ John (and a list of International Lucky Foods for the New Year)