More Peas, Please!

Okay, so you know how your mother always told you when you were a child to eat your peas? Well, I was the little girl who didn’t. For the longest time I despised peas, I just felt as though they were a useless little green vegetable. However, today I am a changed woman who has decided to give those tasty little green suckers a chance. When I moved to Austin, I became an avid fan of Whole Foods, where each week they have a new hot bar cuisine, full of in-house dishes that they prepare. Anyways…I look forward to their Indian cuisine because they have the most delicious pea side dish that I have ever tasted. I am usually not a fan of Indian food, however these peas take the cake. Just my luck, I was browsing and what do you know? They have the recipe!!! The peas traditionally call for tofu in the dish as well, but this time around I decided to omit the tofu…and save it for later. If you don’t like peas now, believe me this dish will make you worship peas, crediting them for all their worth! MANGIA!

Whole Foods Indian Spiced Peas (with a few adjustments):

1 Tb extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, very thinly sliced
1 Tb finely chopped fresh ginger
1 Tb garam masala
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
1/4 c. water or vegetable broth ( I used water)
1 10 oz. can green peas (you can also use a 1 pound bag of frozen green peas, thawed)
sea salt and pepper, to taste

1. Heat evoo in a large skillet, add onions and ginger and cook, stirring often, until golden brown.
2. Add garam masala and tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Add water or broth and peas, reduce heat, cover and gently simmer for 10 minutes or more.
4. Season with sea salt and pepper.

I think this dish would pair nicely alongside a roasted chicken. Also, you might try spooning the peas over some jasmine rice, YUMMY!

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