Dried peas can be stored for years and are readily available at any supermarket. Dried peas are often seasoned and eaten as dried snacks. Peas are very healthy and are high in dietary fibre. Peas are a popular ingredient in many soups, salads and rice dishes. Dried peas can be soaked and softened for these types of recipes. Dried peas should be well rinsed, soaked and drained just before cooking.
Rinse the peas to remove any dust residues or other small debris. Pour the dried peas in a strainer and rinse under running water. Transfer the peas to a large bowl or cooking pot afterward.
Fill the bowl with water. For every 1 cup of dried peas, add 3 cups of water. When soaked, the peas will double in size. Cover with a lid, and let the dried peas soak overnight.
Change the soaking water 2 or 3 times during the overnight soak. Doing this will help reduce the complex sugars called oligosaccharides found in peas, which causes flatulence.
Discard the soaking water, and cook the peas according to your recipe.