East African Pea Soup

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a recipe I saw originally in the Sundays at Moosewood cookbook. I use some of the habanero peppers I grow to add heat to this soup, but the original recipe called for about 1/8 teaspoon cayenne. Jalapenos or other hot chiles would also be good substitutes for the habs, although they are by far my favorite hot pepper.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sauté the onions gently in oil in a covered pot, stirring frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes, until the onions are just translucent.
  2. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Mix in the ginger, salt and all the spices and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the tomatoes and sweet potato.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Add 1 1/2 cups water and stir.
  7. Bring the soup to a boil.
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered for 5 minutes.
  9. Add half of the peas and simmer, covered, for another 10 minutes, or until the peas and sweet potato are tender.
  10. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 cups of water.
  11. Purée the soup in a blender or food processor in batches until smooth.
  12. Return soup to the pot, add the remaining peas and gently reheat.


Most Helpful

The spices were quite lovely in this rich and filling soup. I used jalapenos as that was what I had on hand. Though I love them, I thought the taste of the sweet potato was a little stong compared to the peas and other ingredients. Next time, I will drop this to maybe 1 1/2 cups. Also I pureed as directed and wished I left a few more chunks behind for greater mouth and eye appeal. Thanks for sharing.

justcallmetoni February 24, 2005

This soup was very easy to make - however the recipe is a little shy on the spices - I doubled up - except the cumin.

SEvans July 14, 2004

This is a lovely soup with unusual and interesting spices. I did find that the spices got a bit strong tasting in the leftovers, so eat this up quickly or cut the recipe in half. I forgot to leave out some peas so I just pureed most of the soup and added it back to the pot which worked will because then there were still some chunks of the sweet potato for colour.

Jenny Sanders May 23, 2004

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