Storms and rains was the perfect excuse to make these Roast Green Peas. Thunderstorms in the background a nice book or the newspaper, a hot cup of tea and some crunchy munchies that you can pop into your mouth after every other sentence; that’s what some of the best days in life are made of. Do you like it too?

Roast Green Peas

I have a confession. No judging. OK? The scene I described above makes me sound so scholarly and classy but I have a weakness. I love street food. The tackiest of them. The tackier, the better. Do you think I am weird? Hey! I said, no judging 😀  There’s a reason I made this confession today. Hawkers in India sell these roast green peas, actually FRIED green peas. My hands begin to itch and I find myself craving for them insanely when I spot them. But of course, I am stopped. By mom, brother or husband. Nobody lets me buy them because they are unhygienic, fried in God-knows-what-oil and are deep fried which does wonders to your skin and hips (if you know what I mean). Sigh!

Roast Green Peas

You can imagine my joy when I had this brilliant idea to make them at home (I wish I had that emoticon of the dancing girl to tell you exactly how I felt 😀 ) With the weather presenting itself as a blessing in disguise, I jumped at the opportunity and whipped up for myself, these crunchy munchies aka Roast Green Peas.

Roast Green Peas

Healthy snack (salad actually because peas are classified as vegetables right?) with just a tsp of oil for 4 servings (about 1/3rd cup each serving) puts the calorie count at just 70 vs the 600 calories for 100 g of potato chips! Hmmm… I guess I have to start making more of these healthy snacks. I am sure you want me to?

For now, here’s the recipe for

Roast Green Peas


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Serves: 4



  • 2 cups green peas (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika


  1. Thaw the frozen peas and let them rest on paper towels for about 10-15 min.
  2. If you are using fresh peas, add them in boiling water for about 2-3 min. Drain and immerse in cold water (to maintain in color). Continue with step 1 b placing them on paper towels.
  3. Mix them with oil, salt and paprika. You will need only a small quantity of salt. Adding more will make them very salty when baked.
  4. Place them on a baking sheet lined with foil (just makes it easier to clean up). Ensure that you are crowding the baking sheet. Maintain a single layer of spread.
  5. Bake them for about 40-45 min in a pre-heated oven at 350°F (180°C).
  6. Check on the peas every 10 min and give them a shake so that they all get roasted evenly.
  7. Each oven is different. You might need to bake for longer or shorter time period depending on it.
  8. After 30 min, take one pea out. Cool it off and check if it has turned crunchy.
  9. Keep a watch once you think they are almost done (but you are pushing boundaries to add just a little more crunch), they will burn in a flash.
  10. Update: Just realized they crisp up even more as they cool down a little. :)
  11. Once you are satisfied with the result, take them out of the oven. Cool them in air tight container and munch away!

My Take:

Try different flavours. I am starting you off with two here...

1) Instead of the salt, add some garlic salt for a garlic flavour

2) Throw in some lemon and rosemary and enjoy the twist

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  1. They remind me of baked chickpeas. Have to try this soon!

  2. Healthy & guilt free snack !!

  3. I love those crunch munchies…. but i always buy the readymade ones. cool… let me try it..

  4. I have to try this for sure as I like the roasted green peas and they sound easy too!!!

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  6. Prash Bless you for this recipe!
    Being an Indian from Mumbai, I was craving for these
    and was looking for a place to buy these online.
    When I came across this genius recipe 🙂
    You made this sinful snack so much healthier and cheaper
    Thank you!

    • He he.. I am glad you liked it Rutali 🙂

      • the problem you counted a kilometers story for such a small recipe next time be straight as people don’t have the time to listen to your indian movies story. Nowadays Indian movies also had stopped gossiping. you are still in the 19 century

        • Hi Mohun, 
          When you open a webpage, please note, that to the extreme right of the screen,you will find a long stick like thing. If you drag that down, you can quickly move ahead to whatever part of the page that interests you (and here, I thought I am from the 19th century! :P)
          Second thing, I notice a ton of grammatical errors in the two sentences that your pea-sized brain has managed to put together. You should start using grammar check. Or better even,next time join some English speaking classes before you open your mouth and embarrass yourself in public!

        • Your commentary was not needed.
          And yes, people like stories to go with recipes.

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  8. Finally, I’ve been looking for a recipe like this everywhere! So simple, with such a payoff!

    Thanks a lot, Prash!

    Quick question, what oil do you recommend using?

  9. We had a Japan party and one of the mom’s brought a bag of roasted peas. My 6yo loved them so much, every time I make peas for dinner he says “Umm,mom. Why aren’t these roasted?” Like, hello!:) Now I can surprise him with them. Thanks for the recipe!

  10. I LOVE fried peas. But everywhere I find them they have Wasabi on them. I just want the fried peas. I am so excited to try this! Thanks!

  11. Am so glad to get this new idea. Am going to try it right away. Thank you dear

  12. Thank you SO much for this recipe! I just tried my first batch and they were a success- now I’m going to make lots more!

  13. Hi, can I make these without the oil?

  14. Thank you for posting this. I love the Bhuja peas sold in the US, but they are very pricey. I will try out your version of a street snack and play with seasonings. Very excited to try this out.

  15. Can I make em with coconut oil?

  16. I read all of this! And loved it all! Thanks for the recipe and tips!

    But most of all I loved the thrashing that you gave “mohun lall” for his idiotic comment.

    Thanks again!

  17. As a person who is eating more low-carb, high-fat, Paleo, ketogenic, I might try to deep fry them,

    I have been eating those crunchy baked green pea snacks a lot, but they are not all that healthy compared to natural peas. This might be a better alternative.

  18. Thanks for this lesson.. i want to know that, how can we keep roasted green peas for long? I mean expire of what we had made.
    We want to make it and pack for 12month.. your answer is much more usefull for us.

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