Friday, January 27, 2012

Split Pea Dal

Dal is a traditionally a thick stew made with peas, lentils or beans.  Split peas were a natural chose as my husband is a huge fan of anything containing peas.  I also like that split peas need not be soaked overnight. 

My children were mixed on this soup.  Truth be told, my oldest son hates soup of any kind.  In fact, when recently asked what he did not like, his first response was SOUP.  I love to make soup, so the poor kids is usually out of luck.  This soup at least peaked his interest because he felt it looked like Shrek.  My youngest, at least tried the soup, and appears to be taking after his father when it comes to his culinary tastes.  If I make this soup again, I think I will add more curry and garam masala to it. 

The Ingredients
1 pound dried green split peas
2 quarts water
1/2 large yellow onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon garam masala

The Tools
large stock pot

The Cooking
Add the peas to the 2 quarts water

Add the onion

Add the minced garlic

Add the salt, curry powder and the garam masala

Stir to completely combine and bring the soup to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer the soup for 1 hour.

For a creamier texture, puree half the soup in a blender

Add the puree back to the soup

Serve the soup with some Naan and enjoy!

recipe source:  The Grit Restaurant Cookbook

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