Friday, November 23, 2012

Curried Potato Split Pea Soup

I have been on a major lentil kick lately. Three lentil dishes in one week! They are just so versatile, warm, and comforting. However, I think I need a change. One thing I like about lentils is that they are inexpensive and relatively quick to prepare (no soaking like other legumes). While I was at Bulk Barn, I noticed split peas are 2/3 the cost of lentils, and also do not require soaking. So I decided to give them a try. I have never cooked with them before but figured root vegetables would work well.

Curried Potato Split Pea Soup

2 tbsp olive oil
3 small onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 medium potatoes, diced to 1 cm cubes
3 medium carrots, shredded
4 celery sticks, chopped
2 tbsp curry powder
1 bay leaf
2 cups green split peas
5 cups water
3 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes until soft.
3. Add garlic and celery and sauté for 3 minutes.
4. Add the potato and carrots and saute for 5-10 minutes. Add curry powder and stir to coat.
5. Add split peas, stir to coat, and then add the water, stock, and bay leaf.
6. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer, place lid on pot to allow steam to escape.
7. Cook until peas are tender and falling apart. At this point you can reduce to desired consistency, or puree the soup and then reduce the liquid. I partially pureed the soup.
8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Oh the visual appeal of a pureed soup...
This soup turned out rather good. It was my first time having split peas and I enjoyed them! They have a bit more of a "green" flavour than lentils, if that makes any sense. Originally I planned on making this soup with thyme and rosemary, but decided last minute to make it curry flavoured, which I really enjoyed. This won't be the last time I cook with split peas so there is always next time to try out some other flavours.

It is crazy to think that the Holidays are just around the corner! This school term has flown by, exams are in less than two weeks. I haven't thought too much about Holiday recipes but I have a nice three week break over Christmas to do lots of cooking and baking. Hopefully you will hear from me before then. Have a great weekend!