Almost Turkish Recipes

Black-eyed Peas with Sujuk (Sucuklu Tane Börülce)

The colder the weather gets, the more I cook with beans and grains. This is a hearthy, spicy, and belly warming stew from Central Anatolia. I was lucky to find fresh black-eyed peas, but you can start from dry black-eyeds or use canned peas.

Sujuk is Middle Eastern beef sausage dried with several spices black pepper, cumin, garlic, paprika, etc. You can find sujuk at Middle Eastern stores.

1/2 lb black-eyed peas
1/2 or 1/3 sujuk, sliced (I never tried but probably, you can substitute sujuk with pepperoni or kielbasa)2 tbsp butter
1 onion, cut in thin half moons
2-3 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp sugar
4-5 tomatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup chopped parsley
salt and pepper

-Heat butter in an earthenware. Stir in onion, garlic, sujuk, sugar, and cumin seeds. Cook for 3-4 minutes until onion is softened.
-Add tomato, salt, and ground pepper. (optional add pepper flakes) Cook for 2-3 minutes.
-Add black-eyed peas. Add enough water to cover the peas.
-If you started with an earthenware, cover and bake at 375 F for 40-45 minutes.
-If you use a regular pot, cover and cook on low for half an hour.
-After turning it off, add chopped parsley.
-Serve with rice, brown rice, or bulgur pilaf.

For parsley's refreshing power, the stew is for Weekend Herb Blogging which was founded and is hosted this week by Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen.


  1. Hi Burcu, did you send me this? If you did, I didn't get it, but I am adding it in now since I just discovered it. (That's me, obsessively checking my links on Technorati to see if I missed anyone!)

  2. Another very interesting bost Burcu! Sure wish I had access to some Sujak..

  3. Want to share a bite!! Sounds so delicious to me. :)

  4. Hey Burcu,
    You know after living in North Carolina for a few years, I came to associate black eyed peas with corn bread and collards. Thanks for a new and different recipe--it sounds delicious.

  5. Nice blog you've got here. Rickey also enjoys cooking. Rickey esepcially enjoys the Food Network. He wrote a review of some of it's personalities here here. Enjoy!

  6. Anonymous4:33 PM

    Burcu cok tesekkurler. Kiz arkadasim sayende Turk yemegi ustasi oldu, Turkiye'ye tasinmaya ikna edebilirsem senin buraya yazdigin yemek tariflerinin buyuk faydasi olacak.

  7. I made black eyed peas yesterday since they are believed to be good luck to eat them on new year's but I am so sad that I didn't see this recipe! I love sujuk! Guess I will have to make more peas!

  8. Dear Burch, you made this for me when I delivered my son. I remember it tasted divine. Will make this dish and it will always remind me of your warmth and thoughtfulness, much love