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How to Make Butterfly Pea Flower Tortillas

Jul 3, 2024

How to Make Butterfly Pea Flower Tortillas

Jul 3, 2024

How to Make Butterfly Pea Flower Tortillas

An Overview of Butterfly Flower Pea Powder: Vibrant and Packed with Nutrients

When considering plant-based diets, butterfly pea powder is a great example of a material that is both visually amazing and nutritionally advantageous. The vivid blue powder, made from the butterfly pea flower, gives recipes a beautiful splash of color (that is pH-dependent) and beneficial antioxidants at the same time.

Today, weโ€™ll explore how this magical ingredient can be used to create mini tortillas that are not only delicious but also nourishing and eye-catching. There are so many places it can be used that Iโ€™m just getting started. But I had some edible flowers that had wilted a bit for this dish, so I needed to find a new spot to use them.

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To be really honest, I’m excited to share a labor of love that has been cooking for months or perhaps years in my kitchen. I’ve made something especially for you because I know how much joy cooking can provide and the healing properties of food.

Imagine always having my favorite summer recipes accessible to you in a treasure trove spanning more than 100 pages. These aren’t simply recipes; they’re celebrations of the season’s wealth, thoughtfully chosen to satisfy your palate and nourish your body. Still, that’s not all!

I am aware of how intimidating trying new recipes or methods may be. Because of this, I’ve combined this cookbook with a fun series of culinary lessons. Together, we’ll investigate novel kitchen ideas, adding invigorating suggestions to your menu. It’s like having a helpful mentor in the kitchen, encouraging you as you pick up new abilities.

As they have become a part of my daily cooking routine, I hope these recipes and techniques will also become a part of yours. Something truly wonderful happens when you introduce new meals into your weekly routine and watch them grow to become cherished family favorites.

When you buy the workshops and related ebooks, you get more than recipes and gain new skills, confidence, and perhaps a different perspective on cooking. These methods are simple to apply, turning your kitchen into a happy place for creative expression and culinary healing.

Are you prepared to go on this delectable adventure with me? Let’s grow, learn, and cook together!

Dr. Siri Chand Khalsa’s 5-week Plant-based Cooking Course for Stanford’s Division of Immunology & Rheumatology was a spectacular addition to our wellness program. Dr. Siri Chand created an inspired line up of unique yet easy recipes which she beautifully rendered into a recipe booklet, replete with her own eye-popping food photography. She masterfully taught us to cook delicious and visually appealing dishes including sheet-pan veggies with quinoa tabouli with cilantro chutney, and root vegetable purรฉe soup with kale sauerkraut salad. Each lesson was made even more delightful with unapologetically delicious desserts like fruit crisp and chia pudding. Dr. Sir Chand’s profound knowledge of Ayurvedic cooking, combined with her allopathic training and additional expertise in Lifestyle Medicine, offers a unique perspective on eating for vitality. She radiates passion and compassions in every session, making the experience truly enriching. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this culinary medicine master!

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Plant-Based Masa Tortillas and Their Health Benefits

Traditional tortillas begin with masa harina, which is produced by nixtamalization, a technique that involves treating dried corn with lime water. In addition to boosting the corn’s taste and flavor, this technique increases its nutritional value by making more calcium and other nutrients bioavailable. Someone finally figured it out, and that’s awesome. Thinking about this alchemical process, which creates a new food alternative using corn kernels, is incredible. I’d love to explore this process in more depth.

Come Cook With Me and Learn My Favorite Kitchen Skills!

To be really honest, I’m excited to share a labor of love that has been cooking for months or perhaps years in my kitchen. I’ve made something especially for you because I know how much joy cooking can provide and the healing properties of food.

Imagine always having my favorite summer recipes accessible to you in a treasure trove spanning more than 100 pages. These aren’t simply recipes; they’re celebrations of the season’s wealth, thoughtfully chosen to satisfy your palate and nourish your body. Still, that’s not all!

I am aware of how intimidating trying new recipes or methods may be. Because of this, I’ve combined this cookbook with a fun series of culinary lessons. Together, we’ll investigate novel kitchen ideas, adding invigorating suggestions to your menu. It’s like having a helpful mentor in the kitchen, encouraging you as you pick up new abilities.

As they have become a part of my daily cooking routine, I hope these recipes and techniques will also become a part of yours. Something truly wonderful happens when you introduce new meals into your weekly routine and watch them grow to become cherished family favorites.

When you buy the workshops and related ebooks, you get more than recipes and gain new skills, confidence, and perhaps a different perspective on cooking. These methods are simple to apply, turning your kitchen into a happy place for creative expression and culinary healing.

Are you prepared to go on this delectable adventure with me? Let’s grow, learn, and cook together!

Dr. Siri Chand Khalsa’s 5-week Plant-based Cooking Course for Stanford’s Division of Immunology & Rheumatology was a spectacular addition to our wellness program. Dr. Siri Chand created an inspired line up of unique yet easy recipes which she beautifully rendered into a recipe booklet, replete with her own eye-popping food photography. She masterfully taught us to cook delicious and visually appealing dishes including sheet-pan veggies with quinoa tabouli with cilantro chutney, and root vegetable purรฉe soup with kale sauerkraut salad. Each lesson was made even more delightful with unapologetically delicious desserts like fruit crisp and chia pudding. Dr. Sir Chand’s profound knowledge of Ayurvedic cooking, combined with her allopathic training and additional expertise in Lifestyle Medicine, offers a unique perspective on eating for vitality. She radiates passion and compassions in every session, making the experience truly enriching. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from this culinary medicine master!

Neha S. Shah, MD

Neha S. Shah, MD (she/her/hers)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Fellowship Program Director – Adult Rheumatology
Division of Immunology & Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
Stanford University Hospital & Clinicsย 

An Ayurvedic Approach to Plant-Based Eating

Ayurvedic principles encourage us to find the balance between our food and our individual doshas (body constitutions). By following Ayurvedic principles, we can access deeper places of awareness and health. You can use butterfly pea powder in your summer recipes for its cooling effects and to help balance Pitta dosha. By combining it with masa harina, we can make nutritious and grounded tortillas, which are great for maintaining a healthy diet. Seeing my friend’s butterfly pea blooms grow and then dry for future use was a great connection to the earth and her ongoing gifts for us.

A Holistic Approach to Health Through Culinary Medicine

As a field, culinary medicine focuses on using food for health promotion, disease prevention, and mental and physical wellness. You can tap into the restorative potential of food by including nutrient-dense foods in your diet, such as butterfly pea powder. By fusing the health advantages of masa harina with those of butterfly pea powder, these miniature tortillas serve as an exploration of integrating new ideas. Although they are magical to look at (by my assessment), they can be time-consuming to make. Creating these takes some quiet time in the kitchen, but I’m happy to tell you about them because I loved my internal reflections while making them. I even used an old meat tenderizer to simplify the steps, as shown in the video with the recipe.

Easy-to-Follow Recipe for Mini Tortillas Made with Homemade Butterfly Pea Flower Powder

You can control the quality and flavor of your food by making your own tortillas at home.

Here are some tips to help your exploration of making tortillas with butterfly pea powder:

  1. Prepare the Dough: The tortilla dough can be made by mixing masa harina, butterfly pea powder, water, and salt. To get a smooth and malleable dough, gradually add warm water while mixing. The powdered butterfly peas can also be mixed with the water to allow for easier color integration.
  2. Shape the Tortillas: I pressed the small dough ball into a 2-inch round tortilla to shape using an old meat tenderizer. 
  3. Press with Edible Flowers: Carefully press one side of each tortilla with edible flowers. For a different option, you may also try pressing the blossoms with the little balls as they go deeper into the dough. You can try both.

Cook the Tortillas: To make the tortillas, heat a nonstick skillet and fry the blossom side of each tortilla for one or two minutes. They are also good baked. They are softer and more malleable with less baking time. When paired with a fruit salsa, these were delicious. Making this dish was so fun.

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Bringing It All Together: A Delicious and Nutritious Recipe to Try

Incorporating butterfly pea powder into your homemade tortillas is a simple yet transformative way to enhance your plant-based diet. These vibrant mini tortillas are gorgeous blue and packed with nutrients and flavor. Whether youโ€™re serving them as part of a meal or enjoying them as a snack, I promise people will ask you how you made them. 

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How to Make Stunning Butterfly Pea Powder Tortillas at Home


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Ingredients

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1 cup masa harina

1 tsp butterfly pea powder

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup warm water (or as needed)

Edible flowers (like pansies, violets, or marigolds)


Instructions

  1. Prepare the Masa Dough:

    • In a mixing bowl, combine the masa harina, butterfly pea powder, and salt.

    • Gradually add the warm water, mixing with your hands until the dough is smooth and pliable. It should not be too dry or too sticky. Add more water if necessary.

  2. Shape the Tortillas:

    • Divide the dough into small balls, each about the size of a golf ball.

    • Place each ball between two pieces of plastic wrap or parchment paper.

    • Use a tortilla press or a flat-bottomed dish to flatten the dough balls into round tortillas about 2 inches in diameter.

  3. Press with Edible Flowers:

    • Gently press edible flowers onto one side of each tortilla. You can do this by placing the flower on the flattened dough and pressing again lightly with the tortilla press or dish.

  4. Cook the Tortillas:

    • Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat.

    • Carefully place each tortilla flower-side up onto the skillet.

    • Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until the tortillas are cooked through and slightly puffed. Avoid burning the flowers.

  5. Serve:

    • Remove the tortillas from the skillet and let them cool slightly before serving. These can be served as a beautiful and unique accompaniment to your favorite dishes.

Enjoy your colorful and delicious homemade butterfly pea powder masa tortillas with edible flowers!

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Fresh Fruit Salsa Recipe


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  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

I think this fruit salsa is the best topping for so many elements of the meal. It can add a burst of color and flavor from chips to desserts.ย 


Ingredients

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Option 1:

1 cup pineapple, finely diced

1 cup mango, finely diced

1 cup berries, finely diced

1/4 cup pickled red onion, finely diced

1 small jalapeรฑo, seeded and finely diced (optional)

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Juice of 2 limes

1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey

Salt to taste


Instructions

  1. Prepare the Ingredients: Begin by finely dicing the pineapple, mango, strawberries, red bell pepper, red onion, and jalapeรฑo. Ensure the pieces are small and uniform for the best texture.

  2. Mix the Salsa: In a large bowl, combine the diced pineapple, mango, strawberries, red bell pepper, red onion, and jalapeรฑo.

  3. Add Flavor: Add the chopped cilantro to the bowl, then squeeze in the juice of two limes. Drizzle the agave nectar or honey over the mixture and sprinkle with a pinch of salt to taste.

  4. Toss and Chill: Gently toss all the ingredients together until well combined. Adjust the seasoning if necessary. For the best flavor, let the salsa sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

  5. Serve: Spoon the fresh fruit salsa onto your butterfly pea powder mini tortillas and enjoy the burst of flavors and colors. This salsa also pairs well with other dishes or can be enjoyed on its own as a refreshing snack.

Option 2ย 

Let all these flavors macerate for several hours before serving. It should form a thick syrup with the berries.ย 

Tips:

  • For added depth of flavor, you can grill the pineapple and mango before dicing them.

  • Adjust the amount of jalapeรฑo to control the heat level of the salsa.

  • Feel free to add or substitute other fruits such as kiwi, blueberries, or peaches based on seasonal availability.

This fresh fruit salsa is delicious and packed with vitamins and antioxidants, making it a nutritious addition to your meals. Pair it with your butterfly pea powder mini tortillas for a delightful and visually appealing plant-based dish. Enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 20

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ALSO…. if you select the โ€œpick upโ€ option, which you can do on the way home from work, you may even have a small credit on your purchases for your next visit.

To sum up, if you are a busy professional, look into Instacart to eat healthier when your schedule is hectic, either as a delivery or pick-up option.

Medical Information on Butterfly Pea Powder

Butterfly pea powder, derived from the butterfly pea flower (Clitoria ternatea), is celebrated for its vibrant blue color and health benefits, but it’s essential to be aware of potential medical concerns before incorporating it into your diet:

  1. Digestive Discomfort: Some individuals may experience mild digestive issues, such as stomach cramps or diarrhea, especially if consumed in large quantities. It’s advisable to start with small amounts to see how your body reacts.
  2. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Limited research exists on the safety of butterfly pea powder during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their healthcare provider before adding it to their diet to ensure it’s safe for them and their babies.
  3. Allergic Reactions: As with any new food or supplement, allergic reactions are possible. Symptoms might include itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing. If you experience these symptoms after consuming butterfly pea powder, discontinue use and seek medical attention.
  4. Interaction with Medications: Butterfly pea powder might interact with certain medications, particularly those that affect blood pressure and blood sugar levels. If you are on medication for diabetes, hypertension, or other chronic conditions, it’s important to consult your doctor before using butterfly pea powder.
  5. Blood Sugar Levels: Some studies suggest that the butterfly pea flower may impact blood sugar levels. Individuals with diabetes or those prone to hypoglycemia should monitor their blood sugar closely when consuming butterfly pea powder and consult with a healthcare professional to avoid potential complications.
  6. Kidney and Liver Conditions: Although no direct evidence suggests harm, those with pre-existing kidney or liver conditions should consult their healthcare provider before incorporating butterfly pea powder into their diet due to the general need for monitoring new dietary supplements in such conditions.

Kitchen Supplies: Plant Pigments

Having the right supplies makes working in the kitchen easier. Click on the image to see all the fun plant pigments I love for adding flavor to the tortillas.

Let’s Explore Seasonal Eating: Summer

Our visit last weekend before the rain was filled with abundant summer finds! I am so grateful to all the farmers! The fresh berries are so vibrant and filled with color and flavor. The synergy of both leads to a delish fruit salsa.

What is Seasonal Eating?

I am particularly interested in the role of local and/or seasonal eating. I believe that connection to seasonal living builds a steady and essential connection to nature. Fortunately, this is not just my opinion; scientific data exists to explore this notion.

Eating locally and seasonally has been proposed to reduce the environmental impact of food production and enhance consumer health (Macdiarmid, 2013). However, the evidence supporting this idea is mixed. While some studies have found that local food can be inferior to non-local food (Edwards-Jones, 2010), others have highlighted the potential benefits of consuming local seasonal food for sustainable consumption (Vargas, 2021). The link between eating seasonally and reducing environmental impacts in the food chain has also been explored, with some research suggesting a potential benefit (Brooks, 2011). However, the overall impact of eating locally and seasonally on health and the environment remains complex and nuanced.

References

  • Macdiarmid JI. Seasonality and dietary requirements: will eating seasonal food contribute to health and environmental sustainability? Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 2014;73(3):368-375.
  • Edwards-Jones G. Does eating local food reduce the environmental impact of food production and enhance consumer health? Proc Nutr Soc. 2010 Nov;69(4):582-91.
  • Vargas AM, de Moura AP, Deliza R, Cunha LM. The Role of Local Seasonal Foods in Enhancing Sustainable Food Consumption: A Systematic Literature Review. Foods. 2021; 10(9):2206.
  • Brooks, M., Foster, C., Holmes, M.R., & Wiltshire, J.J. (2011). Does consuming seasonal foods benefit the environment? Insights from recent research. Nutrition Bulletin, 36, 449-453.
  • Jaqua E, Biddy E, Moore C, Browne G. The Impact of the Six Pillars of Lifestyle Medicine on Brain Health. Cureus. 2023 Feb 3;15(2):e34605.
  • Elicit; Elicit: The Al Research Assistant; https://elicit.com; accessed 2/8/2024

In the complexity of considering the regional needs and long-term goals of feeding populations, I also believe that seasonal and, when feasible, local eating helps us cultivate mindfulness skills, paying attention to what is close and relevant. Exploring markets and local farms builds community connections, which is also part of Lifestyle Medicine’s core pillars of health.

Will You Try These Pea Flower Tortillas? You Bet!

Butterfly pea powder has many uses and benefits for your health, including reducing inflammation and acting as an antioxidant, but it should be used with care and awareness. Never begin a regimen of superfoods or supplements without first consulting your physician. This is particularly true if you are pregnant, nursing, using medication, or have a serious medical condition. Put another way, this ensures that you can safely and efficiently benefit from butterfly pea powder.

Living on a seasonal basis… Making tortillas from scratch is a time investment, but I hope you will be interested in exploring it more the next opportunity that you have free time for kitchen exploration.

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Looking to make a positive change in your life and community clincially? Dr. SiriChand is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine, and Hospice/Palliative Medicine. She has dedicated her career to promoting long-term vitality through the choices we make every day and is an expert in Ayurveda and plant-based nutrition.

She particularly works with physicians to explore how to create time for self-care and how to learn to innovate in their integrative medicine careers. Take the first step towards an aligned, happier future, and contact Dr. Siri Chand Khalsa today.

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