In the early morning, place 8 oz dried organic black eyed peas in a glass bowl with 4 cups filtered water. Allow to soak for 8-12 hours. In the evening, when you are ready to prepare the meal, rinse the soaked black eyed peas well, until no bubbles/foaming is seen in the rinse water. Set black eyed peas aside.
Place 1 cup organic brown basmati rice in a bowl of filtered water. Allow to soak for 15 minutes while you prepare the curry ingredients.
Peel and finely dice one shallot. Rinse and de-seed one red bell pepper. Dice.De-stem one tsp fresh thyme leaves.
In a heavy bottomed, medium sized sauce pan, add two cups filtered water and the one cup soaked organic brown basmati rice. Cover the pan. Bring to a boil, for 2-3 minutes, then turn off burner under the pan and leave the lid on to allow the rice to steam.
In a medium sized sauce pan, place a steaming basket with filtered water beneath the level of the steamer. Place lid on pan and pre-heat.Peel and slice plantain and place 1 inch chunks of plantain into the steaming basket. Replace the lid and steam the plantains for 5-7 minutes until they are bright yellow.Remove the lid and set aside to keep warm. While plantains are steaming. Pre-heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Add diced shallot and garlic, stirring frequently until shallot is slightly browned.Add black eyed peas, diced red pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, ground chipolte pepper, ginger paste, Vindaloo curry powder, salt, cinnamon and thyme. Cook for 1 minute stirring continuously to combine and toast spices.Add coconut milk and water, then the bay leaves and star anise. Simmer over medium heat for 7-10 minutes. Assemble the bowls, layering tender steamed brown basmati rice on bottom, a heaping ladle of black eyed peas and curry sauce, and top with a ladle of steamed plantain. Enjoy!