We love heat in food. We love wasabi green peas–these little hot cruncy cuties are very popular. But sometimes the wasabi is a bit too much for me. And I don’t like the fact that these peas use added starch and added sugar. So I made them at home with no additional starch and sugar. It’s so easy to make, healthy, and yummy! Can be added to your favorite trail mix. Mix with Crunchy Chickpeas for your happy hour. If you have olive oil, green peas, and matchatea (or sencha powder) in your pantry or freezer, all you need is ‘wasabi’, which you can find it in an Asian food section of most of the grocery store. The “Wasabi” flavor of these peas is very presant–the heat is just right. You don’t have to fear the batch you just grabbed might have a “heat bomb”. The secret is the addition of “matcha” or green tea powder. Try and experience the magic of Umami (ooh-mah-me), the so-called ‘fifth taste.’ Umami is a ‘meaty,’ and savory flavor, and adds depth, fullness, and an extra sense of satisfaction to foods. Green tea is a great source of Umami and is easy to mix into all kinds of foods. Our Crunchy Chickpeas use Green Tea Umami. Hope you will try them both.
Homemade Wasabi Green Peas
Thaw 2 cup frozen peas and let them rest on paper towels for about 15 min. Spread the peas in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle 1 tsp. oliver oil and stir till well coated. Bake them for about 35-50 min in a pre-heated oven at 350°F. Stir every 10 min so that they all get roasted evenly. While waiting for the peas getting roasted, mix the following 3 ingredients till smooth:
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. wasabi paste
- 1 tsp. matcha
When peas are roasted, remove from oven and coat with the matcha-wasabi paste. (Heat from peas helps to soften the paste so peas get coated nicely.) Cool them completely and munch away!
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