Black-eyed peas, also known as Lubya, are eaten as one of the brachot on Rosh Hashanah. The peas represent fertility and are believed to bring good fortune. This recipe is prepared with meat, as my mother made it, but it can easily be made vegetarian by simply leaving out the meat. You can also use fresh or dried beans.
Lubia (Black-Eyed Peas)
- 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- ½ lb. flank or veal yadiem
- 1 16 oz. pkg. frozen black-eyed peas
- 2 TBS tomato paste
- 1 heaping tsp. kosher salt
- ½ tsp. white pepper
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- Brown garlic, then brown cubed meat. Cover with water and simmer 1 hour covered.
- Add black-eyed peas, tomato paste, allspice, salt and white pepper.
- Cook for another ½ hour. If it looks dry, add a little more water.
- Serve over white rice.
- Note: to make this vegetarian, leave out the meat and reduce cooking time.