Try This Tasty Recipe With Cooked Yellow Split Peas

Yellow peas are a protein-packed addition to any vegetarian meal.

Whether you're eating less meat, developing a vegan palate or starting a gluten-free diet, yellow split peas are a healthy source of protein, carbohydrate, fiber and some B vitamins. Also known as pulses, yellow split peas don't require the lengthy soaking that other dried legumes need.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 bags yellow split peas

  • 6 qt. or larger Dutch oven, crockpot or stockpot

  • Water

  • Sieve or colander

  • Food mill or blender

  • Optional:

  • 3 tsp. cumin

  • 1 tsp. coriander

  • 2 cups diced carrots

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1 qt. soy milk, almond milk or rice milk

  • 3 tbsp. dry mango powder or 1/2 cup mashed mango

  • 1 to 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes

  • One large onion, minced

  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic

  • 2 tbsp. ground turmeric

  • 2 tsp. red chili powder

  • 1 lb. fresh mustard greens, chopped

  • 3 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1/2 cup cooked rice, amaranth, quinoa, toasted buckwheat or groats per person

Instructions

  1. Pour dried, split yellow peas into a 6-quart Dutch oven, crockpot or stockpot and cover with water.
  2. Swirl peas around and pour through a sieve or colander.
  3. Repeat three times to ensure removal of any dust or debris.
  4. Return the peas to the crockpot, stockpot or Dutch oven.
  5. Add water one to two inches above peas. Don't add salt or baking soda because the sodium will prevent them from softening.
  6. Bring to a rolling boil before lowering heat to medium low if using a stockpot or Dutch oven on a stovetop. Cook on high if using a crockpot.
  7. Cook until the peas fall into a puree on their own rather than rigidly following a recommended cooking time.
  8. Drain peas, reserving all liquid.
  9. Pour into a food processor or blender and grind or pulse them to a smooth consistency.
  10. Return blended peas and all liquid to the stockpot, crockpot or Dutch oven.
  11. Add any combination of the optional ingredients to your individual taste.
  12. Cook an additional 30 to 45 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  13. Add onions and any milks or cooked meats 15 minutes before serving.
  14. Add fresh garlic five minutes before serving.
  15. Serve over 1/2 cup cooked rice, amaranth, quinoa, toasted buckwheat or groats per person.

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