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This Curried Split Pea Soup is a fresh take on the traditional. Creamy and delicious, enhanced with yellow curry, coconut milk and fresh peas.
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This Curried Split Pea Soup is easy to make and full of the most delicious flavor with a lusciously creamy texture.
For another yummy twist on split pea soup try our Mediterranean Split Pea Soup!
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Ingredients in Curried Split Pea Soup
- First note: cook the split peas with no seasonings, and no salt! This is important for assuring that the peas get tender and soft. Salt prevents the water from hydrating the peas.
- At the same time, saute onions, apples, celery and ginger to create a flavorful base. Yellow curry powder livens things up and coconut milk gives a rich creamy balance.
- Blend the finished soup to make it lusciously creamy. Adding frozen peas and cilantro creates a fresh flavor and lovely spring green color.
- Split Peas– we use green split peas and pre-cook them to assure they get tender.
- Fresh Peas– blended in at the end, adding such a delicious freshness to the soup.
- Coconut Milk– makes it creamy and good!
- Yellow curry powder – store-bought or make your own!
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
How To Make Curried Split Pea Soup
Step One– Bring the split peas to a boil with 1 quart (4 cups) water. Do not add salt! Salt will impede softening. Simmer for 30-40 minutes until tender. Drain off the excess water.
Step Two– While the peas cook, prep and chop your ingredients.
Step Three– Sauté onion, ginger, celery and apple until softened about 3 minutes. Add curry powder, salt, broth and the cooked drained split peas. Simmer for 20 minutes. Turn heat off.
Step Four– Add coconut milk, peas, cilantro and mint.
Blend together until smooth. If you like a little more texture reserve 2-4 cups of soup and blend the rest. Gently reheat to serve. Add lemon juice.
Garnish with fresh cilantro and a drizzle of coconut cream or yogurt, if desired.
1) They may be old. Best to purchase small batches and use them within one year. Split peas should be stored in an air-tight container, in a cool dry place away from light.
2) Don’t cook with anything acidic in the beginning of the cooking stage.
3) Hard water can prevent softening due to its high mineral content.
4) Salt will prevent the water from hydrating the peas.
Generally no. However, if you suspect you have an old batch of peas, soaking them for 12 hours before cooking may assure they soften when cooking them.
Split peas have protein and fiber and are a great source of folate, iron, and potassium. Soups are always a great way to add lots of nutrients in to your meal, especially with the addition of vegetables, spices and good broth.
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Curried Split Pea Soup
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Yield: 9 cups 1x
- Category: soup
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
This Curried Split Pea Soup is a fresh take on the traditional. Creamy and delicious, enhanced with yellow curry, coconut milk and fresh peas. Vegan!
- 2 cups green split peas
- 6 cups water
- 1 small onion, chopped about 1 cup
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped about 1 cup
- 1 small apple, chopped about 1 cup
- 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (adjust to taste)
- 2 teaspoons salt (adjust to taste)
- 2 1/2 cups flavorful vegetable broth
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (add more to taste)
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
optional additions: 1/4 cup fresh mint or 2 teaspoons dried
- Bring the splits peas to a boil with the 6 cups of water. Do not add salt! Simmer for 30-40 minutes until tender. Drain off the excess water.
- Meanwhile prep and chop your ingredients.
- Sauté onion, ginger, celery and apple until softened about 3 minutes. Add the cooked and drained split peas, curry powder, pepper, cayenne, salt, and broth. Simmer for 20 minutes. Turn heat off.
- Add coconut milk, peas, and cilantro. Blend together (with a blender, food processor or immersion blender) until smooth. If you like a little more texture reserve 2 cups of soup and blend the rest, combine together and gently reheat to serve. Add lemon juice, then adjust lemon and salt to taste.
Garnish with fresh cilantro, a drizzle of coconut cream or yogurt.
Adding salt to the split peas, in the beginning, prevents them from getting soft.
Soup will keep up to 4 days in the fridge- or freeze up to 6 months.
- Serving Size: a generous cup
- Calories: 281
- Sugar: 8.8 g
- Sodium: 377.2 mg
- Fat: 7 g
- Saturated Fat: 5.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 43 g
- Fiber: 15.8 g
- Protein: 14.7 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: curried split pea soup, coconut split pea soup, vegan split pea soup, curry split pea soup
Wow, this was absolutely delicious and a nice change from my traditional split pea soup with a ham bone. I didn’t have cilantro on hand the two times I have made it so am looking forward to trying it with the cilantro. However, I must say it was delicious w/o the cilantro. This recipe is definitely a keeper!!
Great to hear Marsha!
I used red lentils instead of green split peas (that’s what I had). I substituted 1/2 cup spicy broth for 1/2 cup of vegetable broth. This gave the soup a little bit of a kick without using more salt. This is a great recipe; fun to make and share with neighbors!
Happy you liked this one!
I do not have split peas, but I do have a lot of green peas. Can I use regular peas in place of split peas? Or is there another alternative? Thanks!
I am sure you can but you probably want to soak them first and they may need longer to cook.
Fantastic Pea Soup
Fantastic Pea Soup! Sylvia is one of the greatest.
Delicious!! I love curry flavour in anything. Going to keep this one on rotation. Thanks for the recipe!
So glad to hear this Brita!
I know this is a silly question, when you say “blend” I am assuming a blender or food processor for that correct?
Oh yes, exactly Maureen, I will make that more clear!
My husband and I made this recipe with lentils since we didn’t have peas. We both agreed it was the best lentil soup ever.
This is AMAZING!! This is the best pea soup I have ever had. I followed your recipe to the T and as always it is perfection!!
Awesome to hear Lynn!
The recipe has 1/4 lemon juice, but no place to add it, except a squeeze when serving.
Sorry about that. Fixed it!
Fantastic flavor with humble ingredients. The only modification I made is that I doubled the recipe and used only one bag of frozen peas and subbed 4 cups of fresh baby spinach for the other bag. Everyone I shared it with gave rave reviews! Thank you for the recipe! It’s a keeper for sure!
So great to hear Molly! Spinach sounds perfect.
Which curry powder do you use??
I used Frontier brand Yellow curry powder. The link will also take you to a recipe on the blog!
Looks delicious! Do you think this could be made with whole yellow peas? Thanks!
I think they need to be split peas in order for the timing to work for this recipe. But you could experiment!
This sounds delicious… I have a question. the ingredients have 6 cups of water and instructions call for 4 cups to be used to boil the split peas. When are the remaining 2 cups of water used in this recipe? thanks!
opps that was a typo, recipe card it fixed now. 6 cups of water is used for pre cooking the split peas!
I am looking forward to making this soup! Do you recommend yellow or green split peas for this recipe? Thank you for all your wonderful, healthy recipes!
We used green split peas! The recipe now specifies this 🙂