Green peas-tuvar lilva pesto

Every time I have an aha moment about something ingenious that I concoct, I just have to type a few keywords from my concoction and behold…someone has already done it. This recipe today is also borne out of one of those humbling times- agreed I am not the most inventive cook but hey I cannot help it if other people think like I do, only they had done it ages ago!

Here is a recipe for an really wonderful pesto with green peas and tuvar lilva (green pigeon peas), adapted from here


2 cups frozen peas
1 cup frozen green pigeon peas (tuvar lilva, the skin is still on and that adds taste to the pesto)
2 cloves garlic
3-4 tbsp grated sharp white cheddar
a handful of pine nuts, toasted
1 cup basil (roughly chopped)
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chilli-garlic paste.


Process everything in a blender- I did not stream the olive oil in so the pesto was not all that emulsified.

That is all- serve it on your favorite pasta or sandwich- I served it on spaghetti with a drizzle of olive oil and some grated mozzarella.


It was a bright green scoop of heaven- LOVED IT! I am sending this to Susan’s MLLA#23.

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