This snow peas recipe is deliciously sweet, crunchy and full of flavors. A quick and easy vegetable dish that you can make ahead.
Snow peas are those kinda veggies that if you are handed a basket full of them you would roll your eyes, not knowing what to do with them!. But now you have here a snow peas recipe.
You may be wondering "what are snow pea?" They're some sort of flat peas that the whole pods are eaten, they have very small to no seed.
Here in France, the snow peas are referred to as "mangetout" because you eat everything, lol.
Snow peas contain natural sugar so they are very sweet and tasty to be eaten raw, they're crisp and crunchy.
In this snow pea, the snow peas are just tossed in an already cooked stew at the last minute, to maintain them crunchy.
This stew has a riot of flavors, I added some fresh finely chopped ginger at the end plus the lime juice, and fresh herbs that make every bite a burst of flavors.
I really ate two bowls and I could have gone for the third serving lol.
A simple, yet very healthy vegan side dish that you can eat it by itself or with some rice.
How to cook this snow peas recipe
The secret lies in the spices and green banana.
Green banana adds some creaminess in dishes. I always add it to dishes that call for creams. Check on this creamy green banana sauce
- Cook spices ( I used fennel seeds, ginger, oregano, and basil dry leaves) together with the green banana till the banana coats on the base of your saucepan.
- Let it brown without burning!
- Once you add some boiling water after having add in the carrots scrape the saucepan to get all the green banana to thicken the sauce.
- I then added dry figs, and radishes, (after eating a lot of savory rhubarb dish, I've been left with a lot of radishes that I don't know where not to add them lol).
- I use frozen snow pea, (from Kenya). Frozen snow peas are easy to get compared to fresh, just put the amount you want to use in a bowl, add boiling water and drain immediately.
- Add the snow peas to the already cooked stew and cut off the heat, stir, add fresh herbs and stir again. Serve while still hot.
- They're very low in carbs, they have a good amount of protein and are rich in fiber
- Snow peas are a good source of dietary fiber, have minerals such as Potassium Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium, and Zinc.
- Snow peas will provide you with vitamins such as vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E, and K, Folates, Niacin Pantothenic acid, Riboflavin, and Thiamin.
- Snow peas also have antioxidants like Carotene, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two essential nutrients that protect your eyes against Macular Degeneration and Cataracts.
You'll get green bananas from African Asian stores.
Store them in the fridge so that they don't ripe, but also, peeling green bananas can turn to be a very messy job.
When the banana is cold, it doesn't stick or stain your hands… this is so far my experience.
Happy cooking and enjoy your snow peas recipe, tell me how you think about snow peas, do you eat them regularly? comment below.
Thank you pinning and sharing this recipe.
Much love, Githu
Snow peas recipe
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
Snow peas side dish recipe
- 1 tbsp basil and origan dry leaves
- 1/2 tbsp fennel seeds
- 1 thumb fresh ginger
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 green banana
- 1 tbsp cold presses olive oil
- 2 fresh green onions or dry onions
- 2 small carrots or 1 medium size
- 2 dry figs
- pinch salt
- boiling water
- 1 cup radishes
- 2 cups frozen snow peas or more
- a handful of fresh cilantro leaves and/or drill
- 1 fresh pepper or more if like it hot
You can chop your veggies ahead or chop & dice them as you cook
- In a medium size saucepan place the dry herbs and put the saucepan on medium-high heat
- In your boiler, bring about 4 cups of water to boil.
- Dice the garlic and some piece of ginger
- After heating the dry herbs for about 3 mins, add the garlic, stir and cover for 2-3 mins.
- Peel and the green banana, dice into very small cubes,(fine brunoise) and put it in the sauce pan, stir and then cover for 4 mins
- Add the olive oil and stir.
- Let the green banana cook (about -4 mins) you keep on stirring now and then. It's going to stick on the pan.
- Meanwhile chop the onions.
- Bring in the chopped onions, stir well and cover, stir now and then for about 3 mins.
- Batonnet the carrots and dice the dry figs
- Add the carrots and the figs in the sauce pan, and salt. Stir and cover for 2 mins.
- Add the boiling water till you cover everything with water. Cover and bring to boil. 3 mins
- During this time, put another amount of water to boil in your boiler.
- Prepare the radishes by cutting off the extreme ends.
- Put the radishes in the saucepan, stir together and cover for a 1-2 minutes.
- Put the frozen snow peas in a bowl, pour the boiling water and drain immediately.
- Bring the snow pea in the saucepan, stir well and cut off the heat.
- Chop your fresh herbs, the fresh pepper, the remaining ginger, and add in the saucepan, stir everything together , taste to adjust the seasoning.
- Squeeze the lemon and add the juice just before serving. Alone or with some rice.