Mbaazi Wa Nazi (Pigeon Peas in Coconut Milk)

Recipe by Elmotoo
READY IN: 1hr 5mins


  • 1
    lb dried pigeon peas (or black-eyed peas, yellow-eyed peas, cowpeas, picked over for stones, cleaned, soaked overnight, an)
  • 2 -3
  • oil
  • 1 -2
    onion, chopped
  • 1
    jalapeno, cleaned and chopped
  • 1
    teaspoon curry powder (or turmeric)
  • salt, to taste


  • In a large pot, combine pigeon peas and just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until the peas begin to become tender and most of the water is absorbed.
  • Stir in 1 1/2c coconut milk. Continue to simmer over low heat. Add more water as necessary to prevent the peas from becoming dry.
  • While peas are simmering: Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a skillet. Add the curry powder to the oil and stir for a minute. Fry the onion and chile pepper until they are tender.
  • Combine the peas and onion-chile mixture (add either one to the other). Continue to simmer until peas are tender enough to eat. Add the remaining coconut milk and simmer on the lowest possible heat for five to ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve "Swahili style" with Chapati (Basic Chapati Recipe #137408), rice, or "up-country style" with Ugali.