Hoppin' John is a Southern American comfort version of a rice and bean stoup (stew+ soup) originally from Africa. You can have it as a side or main as per choice -atleast thats what my version is. Eating the dish on New Years Day is supposed to to bring you luck and prosperity and the beans are supposed to represent pennies or coin!.Typically dish has rice,black eyed beans and pork or ham or any choice of meat. A vegetarian version can use choice of substitutes. I have adapted the recipe from WholeFoodsMarket where I have replaced the tempeh with soy granules. It is spicy and as thick as a pudding/porridge and is very comforting.
Black Eyed Beans: 1/2 cup soaked
Onion: 4-6 tbsp chopped
Dried Thyme: 1/2 tsp +/- as per taste
Long Grain Rice: 1/2 cup
Soy Granules: 1/4 cup prepared as per instructions
Green Bell Pepper: chopped 4 tbsp
Cayenne Pepper: a small pinch
Fresh grated Pepper & Salt: as per taste
Tabasco or any hot sauce: optional / as per taste
Soak the beans overnight and the next day wash it and cook it on stve top adding chopped onion and thyme till almost done. Add the rest of the ingredients except tabasco and cook till the rice is tender and done. Adjust the seasonings and serve ladled in bowls garnished with greens and tabasco.
You can actually take everything and cook it in the pressure cooker and this will considerably reduce the cooking time and process and you can make it more soup like. It thickens on sitting as well. A quick comfort food for the wintery nights and ofcourse looking forward to the future with lots of optimism and wishing lots and lots of prosperity.
Wish You All a Happy & Lucky 2012!!