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Coconut Black Eyed Pea Soup

Coconut Black Eyed Pea Soup

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.
Course Soup
Cuisine African
Keyword black eyed pea soup, coconut black eyed peas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings
Calories 312kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 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!


Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 17.1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2.6mg