Simple Kitchen Seasons

Sugar Snap Peas

Fresh green peas are one of the hallmarks of spring. The season is quite short, confined to the cool, moist conditions of spring and very early summer. However, some pod varieties tolerate more heat and can be found in the market until around the first week of July.

If possible, peas should be kept cool on the way home and refrigerated immediately. To prepare edible-pod peas, snap off each end, pulling down the side of the pod to remove the strings. Pods can be left whole or sliced in half lengthwise, prior to cooking. Overaged sugar snap peas can be shucked and used like English peas.


Peas and carrots, with Indian spices

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This ain’t an ordinary bowl of peas and carrots.

1/2 lb. sugar snap peas, trimmed
1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons ghee
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
4 cloves
7 dried curry leaves
kosher salt
crushed dried chiles
juice of half a lime
chopped cilantro

Melt ghee in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add mustard seeds. When the seeds “pop”, add garlic, chiles, curry leaves and cloves and sauté until the garlic takes on a little color. Immediately add carrots and peas to the pan, along with a pinch of salt. Sauté until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Taste for salt if necessary. Stir in lime juice, scatter chopped cilantro and serve at once.

Time: 15 minutes, including prep.

This will be my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Anh from A Food Lover’s Journey.

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3 thoughts on “Sugar Snap Peas

  1. The photo makes it look lovely! Peas are a very common ingredient in Indian cooking, though this dish is not as popular.

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  2. Super yummy! I had a salad recently with these peas, radish, apple and lettuce. It was amazing!

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  3. I love snap peas and this looks like quite a tasty way to prepare them!

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