I was pleasantly surprised to try this Split Pea Curry recipe. Flavorful and hearty, this dish is a great Meatless-Monday dinner.
Split Pea Curry
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cup onion (diced small)
- 1/2 cup yellow curry paste
- 2 cups split peas (dry)
- 5 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
- 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes (basil and garlic or fire roasted)
- 1 14-oz can coconut milk
- salt and pepper (to taste)
You can choose any type of curry paste for this dish. I chose the yellow for two reasons: (1) the color matches the green peas better (red will make the dish look brown and less appealing) and (2) yellow curry isn't generally as spicy as red or green.
|In a deep large skillet in medium heat, add the olive oil and the diced onions. Saute the onions for about 2-4 minutes, or until onions are translucent.|
|Add in the curry paste and cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes. This allows the curry paste to become activated and will also add spicy heat to the dish. The longer you fry the paste, the spicier it will become.|
|Add in the broth and split peas. Stir to combine well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.|
|Add the diced tomatoes and coconut milk. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for another 30-40 minutes, or until the split peas are tender and the mixture has thickened.|
|Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Serve with rice and/or flat bread (naan, roti, etc).|
I first saw this recipe on Wholefully.com, along with 2 other split pea dishes. I then saw it on two other sites. Looked like it was calling to me and I just had to try it. I had to tweak it a little (made a much larger portion than listed on the recipe). Mostly, the water/pea ratio was too watery for me.
In addition, the red curry seemed like a bad choice since red+green = brown. So, I chose to use yellow curry. Green would be a good choice, but to me, the green curry is way too spicy.
I made it for a family potluck where we had different Chinese dishes. It definitely wasn’t Chinese (more thai flavored curry), but it went really well with our meal. Everyone liked it.
Think you’d like to try it? Yeah, you should. Enjoy!