Golden Split Pea Soup

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by dicentra

This is from my Low-Fat Moosewood cookbook. Your house will smell like an Indian restaurant! The soup is a beautiful dark gold color. Don’t use green or brown lentils, it just won’t be the same. This makes a lot, but you can freeze it. Even my one year old loves this! Serve topped with plain yogurt and chopped cilantro. Pass pita bread.

Top Review by JVernel

Tastes wonderful. Since I doubled the recipe it took a while to prepare the vegetables- peeling and chopping sweet potatoes and onions, grinding ginger, cutting the tomato and the like. I used the blender and the result is a creamy, golden soup. Low calorie. Worth the effort.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a soup pot, sauté the onions in the oil for about 8 minutes, until golden, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the cumin, turmeric, coriander and ginger and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the split peas, water, sweet potatoes, apples, cinnamon, and chili powder, cover and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat and simmer for 40 minutes, or until the split peas are tender.
  5. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, lime juice and soy sauce.
  6. When the split peas are tender, add the tomato mixture.
  7. Puree the soup in a blender (in batches) or with a stick blender, adding more water if needed.

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