There's nothing like a good snack to go with a cold beer or that good movie you want to watch.
If you like spicy salty crunchy snacks, but don't want to spend on ready-made options, this is a very cheap and simple option.
Preparation Time: 6 - 8 hours for soaking the peas
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients 1 cup of dried blue peas
2 cups of oil for deep frying
3 large cloves of garlic, finely minced
1/2 - 1 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of chilli powder (optional)
Soak the dried blue peas in a large bowl with 3 cups of water for 6 - 8 hours until completely re-hydrated.
Drain well and dry the peas by putting them in a bowl lined with a paper towel and stirring the peas. The drier you get the peas at this stage the easier the next step will be.
Heat the oil in a frying pan or wok and when hot remove the pan from the heat and gently add the peas to the oil gradually. NOTE: The peas will cause the oil to spit and some splatter may occur. It is important to exercise a lot of caution at this stage.
Place the frying pan back on the heat and fry at medium heat for around 10 minutes.
Remove a couple of peas from the pan and cool them for a minute on a paper towel before trying them. They should be crunchy throughout.
If they are still somewhat soft in the centres keep cooking for another 5 minutes and try them again.
When they are done they should take on a very slight light brown tinge. They should at no time actually turn brown, so monitor them carefully.
When ready, drain the peas using a dry sieve. Be sure to catch the frying oil in a metal dish or pot for re-use.
Place the peas in a bowl lined with paper towels to absorb some of the oil
While still warm, add the peas into the bowl containing your garlic, salt and chili powder and stir well being sure to coat all the peas in the mixture.
When this is done allow the peas to cool completely before storing in an air tight container.
They will last up to a week without going stale or soft.