This is one of the recipes that he made every few days with variations, to survive his grad school, (12 years ago). Now of course, he is a brilliant cook. I am a picky eater and hard to please when he does cook something for me 🙂
Oh wait, did I mention how difficult his grad school was? He used to work part time to offset some of expenditure right. The job was referee-ing undergrad girls team volleyball games! (my gosh, so much hard work :P, and so hard on the eyes too :P). Any which way, there was never very perishable food in the fridge at his apartment, which he shared with 3 Indian guys. Living things can grow on perishable items you know 🙂 So frozen peas and canned tomato and spices was something that was readily available.
Some times you need a simple recipe in between the complex ones right. I remembered these peas and made them the other day and remembered how much I also loved these for a quick fix on weekdays, when I was working crazy hours.
These peas can be made with or without tomato and they taste fabulous as which way. Serve them with flat bread, pita, rice or add to a bowl with grains and veggies. Make some today!
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BBQ Chickpea Tortilla Pizzas
Cook the peas with spices. Serve as is or add tomato sauce.
Add pureed tomato.
cook to thicken and serve hot!
Yum! cumin and garam masala. I know you think it is too easy. but these peas are ridiculously delicious!
In a pan, heat oil at medium heat and add garlic, if using. Cook for a minute.
Add the cumin seeds and garam masala and cook for a few seconds until it starts to sizzle.
Add the peas, garlic, 1/3 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp cayenne/chili powder and mix well.
Cover and cook for 4 minutes and serve. 🙂
Or, Cover and cook for 1 minute.
Blend the tomato with water or almond milk for creamier curry and add to the pan.
Add a generous pinch of salt more and cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes or until the tomato sauce thickens.
Serve hot with Indian flat breads, pita, or rice. Add to a bowl with grains and greens, or add to tacos, wraps. Endless possibilities.
For variations: Add fennel seeds instead of cumin. Add berbere spice blend instead of garam masala. Add 2 Tbsp ground cashew for a creamy sauce. Add a handful of cilantro to the tomato and blend for a green sauce. Add other beans, chickpeas, corn etc.
Nutritional values based on one serving of two