Fat Free Split Pea Soup

This is a recipe for split pea soup that I accidentally came up with. It started out as a recipe for Green Dal that was printed on a package of split peas. Green Dal is an Indian soup. I was not familiar with Indian cooking at that time. One of the ingredients was Garam Masala. I never bought Garam Masala before. The store was out of Garam Masala that particular day, so I bought Tikka Masala instead. That was a fortuitous accident because the result was really good. Tikka Masala goes really well with really split peas.

This is a very easy soup to make. It takes about an hour and a half. The split peas take an hour to cook, plus another 15 minutes to blend the cooked onions plus some time to chop the onions and prepare the ingredients. This is also a very healthy recipe because it uses no oil – it is fat free. This is a perfect food for losing weight because it will give you lots of energy without making you hungry.

Fat Free Split-Pea Soup

  • 1 cup Organic Green Split Peas (dry)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Tikka Masala Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • Salt to taste

Rinse and sort peas, drain and place in a medium saucepan with 3 cups of water, tsp. sea salt and l/2 cup of the chopped onions.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 1 hour until the peas are tender.

While the peas are cooking, sauté the remaining onion with garlic and Tikka Masala Sauce in a skillet. Add water a little at a time to keep from burning. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until they are soft and just beginning to turn golden brown (about 10-15 minutes).

When the peas are cooked, add the sautéed onion mixture, stirring to combine. Simmer 10-15 minutes to blend flavors. Season with salt and pepper.

Shown below is a shot of all the ingredients. Starting in the back row and going clockwise: onion, Tikka Masala sauce, salt, pepper and dried split peas. These are organic split peas, but you can make the recipe with conventional split peas.

Measure out the split peas and place into a pot. Rinse thoroughly. As you can see by the cloudy color of the water, you will have to rinse them about 8 to 10 times.

Pour the rinse water out through a strainer after each rinse.

Quarter the onion, then peel and chop it. Place 1/4 of the chopped onions (1/2 cup) into the pot with the split peas.

Cook the split peas and chopped onions for 1 hour. Cook them slow over a low flame. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking to the pan. If they start to stick to the pan, then lower the flame.

While the split peas are cooking, chop the cloves of garlic. Here I am using a chopper.

Add the remaining chopped onions, chopped garlic and Tikka Masala sauce to a pan. Add about 1/4 cup of water to the pan and start cooking the vegetables. Add more water if necessary to keep from burning the vegetables while they are cooking. Cook them for about 10 to 12 minutes.

Cook the vegetables until they are soft and light golden brown in color.

After the split peas have cooked for an hour, add the cooked onions plus 1/4 tsp of pepper to the soup. Add salt as needed for taste.

Cook for an additional 15 minutes to allow the flavors to blend thoroughly.

Serve hot. This is a delicious, healthy soup.

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