Pea-Risotto inspired Barley biscuits and a family’s food aversion !


The Gujrals (my mother’s side) and by extension the Oberoi family  through us, has a unique food issue – there are generations of individuals who do not like green peas. So you can identify a visit by this clan, by simply serving “Samosas” as a tea-party at your home – you will find empty plates with the green peas ( God forbid, if the potato filling contains those!) neatly lined at one corner.

And this feature is unique to even my son , despite the fact that in order to prevent this fussiness from settling into him, I tried with desperation to introduce Green Peas to him early on. As a harried mother, I felt trying the exotic might be helpful as he was growing older. The obvious Indian food containing green peas was of no use. The pureed and well-seasoned ( to suppress the flavour of peas) soups didn’t work. Finally, for a short period of time, the one thing that made some impact on his taste buds was the Green Pea and Cheese Risotto. In this too, the peas had to be subtly removed and only the pureed version with some of the vegetable stock could coax him to eat some bites.

Cause of this food aversion – Unknown.

Remedy of this food aversion – Unknown.

Some of us have overcome this aversion. My son has yet to do that – life is all about masking, hiding, couching it in different forms.

The risotto, parathas, cutlets have all become run-off-the-mill for him !

And so in another attempt to make him eat these in a different way – I decided that replicating the flavours of the Green Pea Risotto into a cracker will probably be the way to go 🙂 And guess what, my son has managed to eat the first batch and wants some for his snack box too.

I didn’t think I would be the one to admit this – Perhaps the remedy of food aversion is not to try and get rid of it. Perhaps it lies in only trying to cloak it or hide it within other flavours !

Recipe –

1 cup barley

1/2 cup wholewheat flour

1 tbsp of rice flour

1/2 cup boiled and pureed green peas

1/2 cup of cheddar cheese

Salt, red pepper and parsley as per your taste

2 tbsp oil

Mix all the flours and the seasoning together. Add the cheese and mix well. Add the oil and make the crumb like dough. Use the green pea puree to bring it together. Cling wrap and store for an hour.

Preheat the oven at 170 degrees celsius. Shape the crackers as you want and put it onto a baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes till it becomes crisp. Cool off well and pack in air tight containers.


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