The Humane Society of the United States: Peas and Potatoes in a Pocket
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July 12, 2013

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Peas and Potatoes in a Pocket  Serves 2

Nutritional info per serving:

Calories: 491
Fat: 7 g
Fiber: 15 g

Protein: 11 g
Carbs: 98 g
Sodium: 780 mg


4 medium (1 pound) all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cubed
3/4 cup fresh (or thawed frozen) peas
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons sweet red (or other mild) onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground red pepper to taste
1 tablespoon mustard (or canola) oil
1/4 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 pita pockets (preferably whole wheat)
Sweet onion rings
Alfalfa sprouts


1. Steam the potatoes until they are very tender (15 to 20 minutes), and mash them thoroughly.

2. Steam the peas until they are tender (6 to 10 minutes if fresh; 3 to 5 minutes if thawed frozen). Mash the peas thoroughly using a mortar and pestle or a food mill. You can also place the peas on a board and use a heavy object to mash them.

3. Combine the potatoes, peas, cilantro, minced onion, sugar, salt, and red pepper in a large bowl.

4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over moderate heat until sizzling. Add the mustard seeds and sauté them until they start to pop.

5. Stir in the turmeric. Add the potato-pea mixture, and cook for a few minutes, stirring often, to brown the potatoes lightly and to heat the mixture through.

6. Remove the mixture from heat, taste, and adjust the seasonings as needed.

7. Cut the pita bread into halves. Divide the potato mixture to fill the pockets, and insert the onion rings and alfalfa sprouts.


- Start with a scant pinch of red pepper; this dish is best slightly spicy.

Recipe adapted from "The Bold Vegetarian" by Bharti Kirchner.

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