Instant Pot: Goan Black-Eyed Peas

January 28, 2021 5 Comments

Instant Pot: Goan Black-Eyed Peas - Indian As Apple Pie

This Instant Pot recipe is adapted from my book The Indian Slow Cooker, page 95. If you don't have this essential and classic guide to Indian food in your crock pot, why not? And if you do have it and love it as so many of you have told me, please do consider writing a review on Amazon. We authors live for your reviews. Why do I promote slow cookers, electric pressure cookers and stovetop Dutch ovens like my favorite Le Creuset? Because I do not believe that there is just one way to cook. If you love cooking, you love anything that enables you to get that delicious meal in front of your family. Every day is different in our home, and everyday requires different techniques in the kitchen.

Enjoy this latest Instant Pot recipe. Here is what I've tweaked from the slow cooker version. I've added a dollop of tamarind puree - this is the tart form of tamarind - not the sweetened chutney. So, it adds an even more complex layer of flavor. I also increased the red chile to add a little heat. Other than that it's the same and as - if not more - delicious. 

Goan Black-Eyed Peas
Pressure Cooker Size: 3 quart or larger
Warm Up: 16 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Cool Down: 10 minutes natural release + manual release 
TOTAL: soak time + 56 minutes + manual release time
Makes: 7 cups

2 cups whole, dried black-eyed peas, picked over and washed
1 tablespoon oil or ghee
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 small yellow onion, minced
1 (1-inch) piece ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-3 Thai or serrano chiles, stems removed and thinly sliced
1 medium tomato, pureed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon red chile powder or cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon tamarind puree
3 cups water, for cooking
1 cup coconut milk, add later
2 tablespoons lemon juice, add later
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

1. Soak the black-eyed peas in ample boiled, hot water for 1 hour or in room temperature water for 6 hours to overnight. Drain and discard the water. 

2. Place the inner pot in your Instant Pot. Select the SAUTE setting and adjust to MORE. When the indicator flashes HOT, add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the turmeric and onion. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.

3. Add the ginger, garlic, and fresh chiles. Stir and cook for 1 minute.

4. Add the tomato. Stir and cook for 2 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen anything stuck. 

5. Press CANCEL. Add the cumin, red chile, coriander, salt, brown sugar, tamarind, black-eyed peas, and water. Stir. 

6. Lock the lid into place and make sure the pressure release valve is set to the sealing position (upwards). Press the PRESSURE COOK button and then press the PRESSURE LEVEL button until the panel reads HIGH. Adjust the cook time to 30 minutes. 

7. Once the cooking is complete, release the pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Then, manually release the remaining pressure, press CANCEL, and remove the lid. 

8. Add coconut milk and lemon juice and stir. Cover the pot loosely with the lid for 2 minutes. Garnish with the cilantro and serve with plain rice or a crusty baguette for breakfast. All the spices are edible. 

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5 Responses


February 09, 2023

I made this on the stovetop. My husband loves it so much he was sad when we finished it. Thanks for a great recipe.

Claire Yab
Claire Yab

February 07, 2022

I am so excited to find this adaptation! This is my favorite recipe from your slow cooker book and I used to make it all the time. However, I got rid of my crockpot before realizing how bad the IP is for slow cooking. I tried your black eyed peas once and it was an utter fail. I’m excited to add them back into our repertoire. My family will be delighted! Thank you.

Kay Jonas
Kay Jonas

February 07, 2022

I have to be honest: I have no InstaPot. I know nothing about black-eyed peas. And to say that I followed this recipe to the letter would be an overstatement. I was so eager to make this recipe that I soaked the peas overnight and in the morning, I threw them into a crockpot with water on “high” while I dashed to the grocery store for other ingredients. 4 hrs and too many errands later, I arrived home to find the peas sadly mooshy but I determinedly finished the remainder of the ingredients as per the recipe and added them to the drained peas. My husband absolutely loved it! He ate 2 bowlsful with rice and asked about the leftovers whenever the next mealtime came around. We both loved the tang that the tamarind imparts, the blend of spices and of course, the coconut milk. I can’t comment on the technical side of this recipe but taste-wise, this one’s a winner!


December 29, 2021

I made these for Lunar New Year here in Korea, and they were so good that I wanted to cry, even though I didn’t have tamarind. Thank you so much!


December 17, 2021

This was SO tasty! The coconut milk makes it very creamy and the lime juice is the kicker. I admit I didn’t grind the tomato, just chopped it up. I think I liked the texture it added that way.

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