Wasabi Peas

From the Vitality Food Feature ‘Healthy Holiday Munchies‘.

I was introduced to wasabi peas years ago and no matter how often I snack on them, I never tire of that wonderful burst of flavour when you pop one into your mouth! In my circle of friends we often joke that one never gets bored at a party when sitting next to a bowl of enlivening wasabi peas.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of dried whole peas
  • 1/2 Tbsp tahini
  • 3 tsp wasabi powder (you can buy this inexpensive item at specialty shops that cater to Oriental cooking)
  • 1 Tbsp ready-made wasabi paste (available at larger grocery stores or specialty shops. It is extremely hot so use more or less according to heat tolerance)
  • 2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar

1) Soak peas in water to cover for 12 hours or overnight. Drain. Add fresh water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until peas are merely tender. Drain and let air dry in sieve.

2) Spread peas on non-stick or lightly oiled baking sheets. Roast in 200 F oven for an hour or until peas begin to dry. Empty into a bowl.

3) Combine remaining ingredients and mix into peas, stirring until evenly coated. Spread peas back on baking sheets and bake 250 F for 20 minutes or until coating is dry. Cool and store in tightly covered container.

Linda Gabris is an avid cook who enjoys sharing her grandmother’s old recipes and medicinal preparations as they were recorded in the handwritten journals passed down to her. Linda also enjoys gardening and foraging for edible wild foods. Over the years, she has taught cooking courses in Prince George, B.C., with a focus on healthy eating, food preparation, and International cuisine.

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