• 450g dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 pack of Sympli Ripe Plantain Slices
  • 125mL palm oil or Canola oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • ½ tsp garlic
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 55g crayfish (optional)
  • 500-750mL stock/water
  • 1 tbsp bouillon powder, vegetarian or chicken (optional)
  • 2-3 green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 habanero pepper or chilli powder/sauce (optional)


How to Prepare Plain Beans & Plantain using Symplinatural Recipes;

Rinse dry black-eyed peas; pick through and discard any foreign objects.

Add beans to a large pot, and cover with 3-4 inches of cold water. Cover and let sit overnight, or 6-8 hours.

Drain the soaked beans, rinse, and place the beans in a Dutch oven or pressure cooker. If using a pressure cooker, cook for 8-12 minutes until tender. If not using a pressure cooker, cook for about 50-60 minutes, or until tender.

Drain the cooked beans and set aside.

Heat the oil (palm or Canola) in large saucepan over medium heat until hot. Sauté the onions in the oil for 3-4 minutes, stirring often and scraping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot.

Add tomatoes, ginger, garlic, paprika and bouillon powder/cubes. Cook, while stirring, for about 60 seconds. Add in the crayfish and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add water/stock if needed to prevent the ingredients from burning. Continue to cook the sauce, stirring occasionally.

Add the beans, green onions and remaining stock/water. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for another 10 minutes.

Adjust for seasoning, and continue to cook until the beans reach your desired consistency.

In a mixing bowl, add Sympli Ripe Plantain Slices and salt to taste; mix thoroughly to combine.

Gently drop ripe plantain piece after piece into the hot oil with a cooking tong, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Fry on both sides for 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned.

CAUTION: The oil may bubble and pop out of the fryer. Place only one piece at a time into the hot oil. Fry only moderate amounts of frozen food at a time, making sure to remove freezer burn or any excess ice before cooking. If frozen pieces get stuck together, they should be allowed to defrost slightly and then broken up before inserting into hot oil. DO NOT LEAVE UNATTENDED WHEN FRYING.

Serve fried plantain with beans.