Exotic Nile River Split Pea Soup

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

With the exotic flavor of cumin and ginger, you will be loving this taste of Africa! Prep time does not include soaking time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1 tbls. oil in heavy pot on medium high heat.
  2. Saute zucchini and red pepper for about 5 minutes till slightly softened. Set aside.
  3. Saute onion and garlic until softened in remaining 1 tbls. of oil.
  4. Stir in split peas,zucchini and red pepper, ginger, cumin, coriander, and brown sugar and coat with onion/garlic mixture.
  5. Add lemon slices, stock, tomatoes, cayenne, salt and pepper (you can add salt and pepper later, but I like to put it in now).
  6. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover pot and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours or until peas are tender.
  7. If you like your soup thin, add more stock.
  8. Take the pot off the burner, discard lemon slices (if rind was left on), and puree soup in blender or food processor.
  9. Season if you have not already added the salt and pepper.
  10. Sprinkle with coriander (cilantro leaves). Alternatively, you can add the cilantro before you put the soup in the food processor.
  11. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.
  12. This recipe may be doubled.
  13. Enjoy!
  14. For a variation, substitute lentils for split peas.


Most Helpful

This is a good tasty soup for a cold winter day. I recommend soaking the peas overnight as I soaked them for 4 hours & it still required over 2 hours of simmering for them to become tender. I didn't have cilantro so I substituted with parsley.

CountryLady February 20, 2003

This was good but it ended up tasting more like a chili recipe i already have. I think I was looking for something a little more exotic. Thank you for sharing.

anamae24 January 05, 2013

IMPORTANT: To get the split peas soft, don't add salt until they're already pretty much as soft as you want them. That also applies to stock powder since that contains salt. An easy way is to start cooking legumes (remember to toss out the soaking water and cook in fresh water), then start on the other ingredients & cook in a separate pot. Add the split peas when soft. Then cook for a bit more to ensure the salt mixes through. Now the review: Great flavors. I used seasonal veg (sweet potato and Japanese pumpkin aka Japanese squash) which were sweet enough that I didn't feel the need for the sugar. I was more generous with the spices and much more generous with the oil (extra virgin olive oil is great stuff). I doubt that many Mediterranean or Middle Eastern cooks would measure out the oil, let alone a mere 2 tablespoons! I also used yoghurt instead of sour cream, because that's what I had - but it would have been even nicer with sour cream.

Chriswaterguy March 16, 2010

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