Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
Cardamom and garam masala add subtle spice to split peas and sweet potatoes. Directions for making on the stove and for the slow cooker. I like to add a little curry powder to spice it up even more! Adapted from Whole Foods.
- 1 cup yellow split peas (or green, it just won't be as pretty)
- 1 quart vegetable broth
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 7 whole green cardamom pods
- 1 -2 tablespoon butter (or canola oil)
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1⁄2 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon ground cumin
- lemon juice
- cayenne pepper (or chop up some jalapeno pepper for more heat)
- sea salt
- turbinado sugar (pptional)
- Stovetop method: Soak the peas in water to cover overnight. Drain and rinse.
- Bring vegetable broth to a boil in a medium pot. Add soaked peas, sweet potato slices and cardamom pods. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for an hour.
- Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garam masala, curry powder if using and cumin and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. When sweet potatoes and peas are tender, add the spiced onions to the pot. Stir and cook 5 minutes more. Remove cardamom pods and season the soup with lemon, cayenne, salt, and pepper to taste. Add a little sugar if desired.
- Slow Cooker method: Place peas, broth, sweet potato and cardamom pods in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours, adding additional broth or water to thicken if needed. When ready to serve, heat butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garam masala, curry powder if using and cumin and cook 10 minutes, stirring often. Add the spiced onions to the slow cooker. Stir, cover and cook 15 minutes longer on high heat. Remove cardamom pods and season the soup with lemon, cayenne, salt and pepper. If you like add a little sugar to taste.
Very good and easy using the crockpot. I did skip the garam masala but used the curry powder adn ground cumin. I also used green split peas. I didn't soak the split peas but added more water to the crockpot, but don't think I needed to. Thanks for sharing!
This soup is a gift from God! This is why I cook. I love this soup. My local grocer didn't carry yellow lentils, so I used green. Made as directed and wouldn't change a thing. Thanks, Sharon123! My kindred spirit! Made for Veggie Recipe Swap #42.