Uncle Bill's Indian Split Pea Soup

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READY IN: 3hrs 55mins
SERVES: 20
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large cooking pot, add 10 cups of water and bring to boil.
  • Add ham bone, bay leaves, peppercorns, whole cloves, cinnamon stick, celery including leaves, green and yellow split peas and red lentils.
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 3 hours.
  • Remove from heat and let completely cool until fat gels on the top.
  • Carefully skim all fat and discard.
  • Remove ham bone and large ham pieces that fall off the bone and set aside.
  • Leave small pieces of ham in cooking pot.
  • Remove sack of cloves and cinnamon stick and discard.
  • In a frying pan, heat olive oil.
  • Add onion and garlic and saute' until onions are translucent.
  • Transfer cooked onions to cooking pot.
  • Add 8 cups of water, curry powder, turmeric, ground cumin, red hot pepper flakes, salt, carrots, and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1/2 hour.
  • Puree' soup in batches in a food processor or blender and return to cooking pot.
  • Chop ham pieces into bite size pieces and add to cooking pot.
  • Adjust seasonings to taste.
  • Bring soup back to boil.
  • If you prefer a spicier soup, add more red hot pepper flakes or some cayenne pepper.
  • Serve soup hot.
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