Spiced yellow split pea soup

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Serves: 6

By Alice36

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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 2l vegetable stock a good cube will do

  • 30g ginger scraped and finely chopped

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 stick celery roughly chopped

  • 1 small mild chilli seeded and roughly chopped

  • 1 tsp toasted cumin seed

  • 1 small leek roughly chopped and washed

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds

  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and crushed

  • 1 tbsp coriander chopped

  • 1 pinch saffron

  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt

  • 1 small onion peeled and roughly chopped

  • 300g yellow split peas soaked overnight


  1. In a thick-bottomed pan, gently cook the onion, leek, celery and the spices in the vegetable oil until soft, without colouring them.
  2. Add the vegetable stock and split peas, bring to the boil, season and simmer gently for 1 hour or until the peas are soft.
  3. Blend in a liquidiser until smooth, then strain through a fine-meshed sieve. If you like a chunky soup, don't liquidise it.
  4. Check the seasoning and adjust the consistency of the soup with more stock or water if it's too thick; soups made with pulses are a little unpredictable and can end up thicker than you expect.
  5. Add the chopped coriander and bring back to the boil. Serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt, some more fresh coriander and/or a sprinkling of toasted cumin seeds.

Handy Hint

Greek yoghurt optional, it still tastes great if you're short of the dressing at the end!

Additional Information

  • indian

  • yoghurt

  • pulses

  • Can Freeze

  • Make Ahead

  • Soup

  • Main Course

  • Vegetarian

  • Gluten Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Nut Free

  • Egg Free

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  • Alice36 19/01/08 19:58

    Apologies - when adding this recipe I inadvertantly marked it as 10/10 for children - slightly optimistic given it's spicyness! My 1 year old liked it but I made had it very mild.

  • 19/01/08 19:23

    Found this recipe by Mark Hix on the web when I was searching for recipes using 'yellow split peas' - one of the cheapest and healthiest foodstuffs on the market! Really filling and tasty for such a basic ingredient.