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Banana Peel and Black Eyed Peas

An intriguingly different banana recipe from East Africa and Asia, for those who didn't know Banana Peel is edible


½ cup black eyed [cow] peas
4 banana peels
Pinch Salt
2 tsp vegetable oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
2 tbsp grated coconut

To Cook the Banana Peel and Cow Peas

Soak the Cow Peas, in water, overnight [ This cuts down on the cooking time ]

Decant the liquid and wash the cow peas thoroughly, using a sieve or colander

Be sure to remove any foreign material

Place the cow peas { black eyed peas ] in a saucepan with water and bring to a rolling boil

Reduce the heat and simmer until the peas are tender

Remove the cow peas from the heat and drain. Reserve
In the meantime chop the banana peels very finely, place in a saucepan with water and a good pinch of salt.

Bring to a rolling boil and then reduce the heat and simmer until the banana peels are fork tender

Remove the peels from the heat and drain. Reserve

Heat the oil in a skillet, add the mustard seeds and continue frying until they begin to splutter

Add the cooked cow peas and banana peel. Mix well and remove from the heat.

Garnish with the grated coconut and serve.

This Banana Peel and Cow Pea dish is rather tasty, but Westerners will have to overcome a cultural resistance to eating the peels of bananas

THANKS!... Africhef


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