As much as I love bulk shopping at stores like Costco, the humongous quantities of a few perishables sometimes wears me out. When I first discovered a large bag of fresh sugar snap peas at this store, I was elated beyond words. I love chomping on them fresh crunchy peas for a healthy snack or devour them in fresh vegetable crudités with a yogurt dip. Like with every repetitive thing I do, I got bored eating the raw stuff. In any event, how many raw snap peas can one eat?! When I was cleaning out my fridge recently, I stumbled upon this half used bag of sugar snap peas from the previous week, which to my surprise was still fresh and crunchy. I flipped the bag over and glanced through the “ways to use” section on the bag and the idea of sir fry caught my attention. I made a very simple, yet very flavorful, spicy and crunchy (okay, that’s the last time I’ll say crunchy J) stir fry with some baby corn I had on hand. There, I found another reason to keep buying this bag of peas!
- 3 cups of sugar snap peas, cleaned and chopped (I sliced them at an angle)
- 1 cup of chopped/sliced baby corn
- 3-4 green chilies, slit lengthwise (adjust according to your tolerance for heat)
- 1 ½ inch piece of fresh ginger, julienned
- 4-5 cloves of garlic, sliced
- 1 tbsp of oil
- 1 tbst rice or white vinegar
- Salt to taste
- Heat the oil in a wok or a large frying pan on high heat
- Add the slit green chilies, ginger and garlic and stir fry for a minute or less, just until fragrant. Do not brown the garlic!
- Add the chopped baby corn and snap peas and stir for a couple of minutes
- Season with salt, stir to mix well and let it hang out on the high heat for a few more minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
- Add the vinegar and stir again. It’s called stir fry for a reason! Do not over cook this; you want to retain the shape and crunch (you get the idea!) of the snap peas and the baby corn
I served this, full desi style with home made rotis and it tasted fabulous! You could, I imagine step up the spiciness and seasoning a little bit and toss it with some cooked hakka noodles to make a very satisfying one pot meal. That’s what will happen to the next bag of these peas!