Potato and Yellow Split Pea Curry

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Potato and Yellow Split Pea Curry Recipe (Vegan with Meat Option) by Spicie Foodie

Seven days into the new year and mine is starting off slowly. During the holidays I took some much needed time away from the computer and website work. Whilst I really enjoyed it now I am finding it hard getting back to the same pace I had before the holidays. Anyone else feeling this way?

Potato and Yellow Split Pea Curry Recipe (Vegan with Meat Option) by Spicie Foodie

The rainy gloomy weather isn’t helping either. These past few days all I’ve wanted to do is sit under a warm blanket with a good book, a cup of coffee and eat warm comforting meals. But those so-called “comforting” meals can quickly turn bad and end up as comforting yet bad fatty food choices with little nutrition all for the sake of a quick meal. Days when I feel like this it can be a struggle to shake off and prepare a healthy and nutritious dinner or lunch.

Potato and Yellow Split Pea Curry Recipe (Vegan with Meat Option) by Spicie Foodie

This potato and yellow split pea curry is a great meal for those lazy days. It not only takes very little effort but it is also full of healthy ingredients. Plus it is a one pot/pan meal so minimal clean up is required. The curry is vegan but it can easily be turned into a meat curry too. Let me show you how I made it then we’ll talk health benefits.

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Potato and Yellow Split Pea Curry Recipe. A fast and hassle free meal perfect for Meatless Mondays. It is Vegan with meat option if desired. Reap the health benefits of dried yellow split peas with this curry.
Recipe type: Curry, Vegan, Vegetables, Healthy, low-fat, low calories,
Cuisine: Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian,
Serves: 3-4
  • 3-4 medium potatoes=540 gm, peeled and cut into equal sizes
  • 1 cup or 200 g yellow split pea
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small piece ginger, finely chopped
  • 1-2 dried Indian red chile
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp whole (yellow) mustard seed
  • 2 curry leaves, optional
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp whole coriander seed
  • 1 tbsp whole cumin seed
  • *2 tsp Garam Masala, (I used my homemade recipe)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups or 1 lt water (or low sodium & no MSG vegetable broth)
  • freshly chopped cilantro to taste
For Meat Version
  • finely chopped chicken breast
  1. Pick through and rinse the split peas, set aside and allow to drain. Heat the oil and once warm saute the onion until soft and translucent. (If using chicken add to the pot and cook all the way through before proceeding.) Next add ginger and garlic and saute for 2. Then add all of the spices, curry leaves and chile, cook until the spices begin to pop making sure to stir and prevent burning. Add the potatoes, tomato, split peas, and water/stock. Stir well, cover and simmer until the split peas and potatoes have soften or about 30-40 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Mix in chopped cilantro right before serving. Serve with steamed basmati rice and steamed broccoli if desired.
*I used my homemade Garam Masala (spice mixture) but feel free to use store bought. If Garam Masala is not available substitute with Madras curry powder. If you'd like to make your own this is my recipe http://www.spiciefoodie.com/2009/07/08/garam-masala-indian-curry-spice-2/

Potato and Yellow Split Pea Curry Recipe (Vegan with Meat Option) by Spicie Foodie

I served our curry with steamed Basmati rice (Indian Rice) and freshly steamed broccoli. I love grinding and using my homemade Garam Masala but you can of course use store bought, like this one I’ve used before.

Now let’s talk health benefits. Split peas (yellow or green) are among one of the natural food sources with the highest amount of fiber. The benefits of this high fiber is not only to the digestive system but also to our waist line. Foods high in fiber leave us satiated and full, which means you’ll not only eat less but feel quite satisfied too. Yellow split peas are high in folate, a good source of zinc, provide choline, niacin and pantothenic acid. Additionally they are low in fat and a great source of vegetarian protein. And even though they are a carb they will not spike your blood sugar.

The spices I used are also quite healthy. To name just a few of the benefits, Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, anti-inflammatory, detoxifies the liver, may help in weight management and is also an antioxidant. Cilantro helps control blood sugar, Cholesterol and free radical production. Tomatoes are loaded with vitamins and antioxidant. The list goes on…

Potato and Yellow Split Pea Curry Recipe (Vegan with Meat Option) by Spicie Foodie

Regardless of all the health benefits it is also a great meal to fall back on. It really comes in handy on both lazy and busy days. I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


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  1. says

    I m loving the new looks… Nancy! Not a classic combination but nevertheless something that you can turn to for comfort- Potatoes and split yellow peas. Aint it? It should be absolute bliss to dunk in some pita or naan into this

  2. says

    Nancy, I am sold on the health benefits! That curry not only looks beautiful but it is making my tummy growwllll……Beautiful photos, makes me want to grab my pot and cook some curry :)

  3. says

    I know what you mean. I worked one day last week and I was away before that so I’ve been delaying going to work this morning. Returning to real life is hard sometimes. :)

    This healthy, comforting curry would be just the thing I need to get me going. Happy New Year, Nancy!

  4. says

    Delicious curry dish…I think I would devour the whole bowl of it…the pictures are so beautiful Nancy.
    Happy 2013 and have a great week ahead!

  5. says

    I can imagine it would be hard to get motivated when it’s cold and raining outside. Fortunately I don’t have that problem and since I have just had two weeks holiday from work, I have been able to completely change up my blog and now feel quite motivated. But the sunshine helps heaps.

  6. Eha says

    A lovely warming dish I could easily eat without any accompaniments at all ! Loved the photography also: well, when don’t I on this blog :) !

  7. says

    I totally know what you mean. This time of year is tough for me. The dark in the morning when I leave for work, and dark in the evening when I get home zaps my energy. I too, just want to curl up and read. I’d love to do that with this soup for lunch. Spring will come soon. :)

  8. says

    I hear you. I took about 10 days off but my kids being off from school is actually more work for me and I am not sure if I had rest… lol. Now it’s time to catch up but it’s been a little hard. The cold weather, being sick, and lack of motivation (and it’s beginning of year too!). Hope we can cheer up each other. Well you did with this delicious looking curry! ;) I remember you said you love potatoes. Me too and so happy seeing a big chunk in this curry.

  9. says

    We are all curry lovers here at home but my repertoire is quite limited. This recipe is so apt for now when we have all overdosed on meat in the holidays. Lovely dish, Nancy.

  10. says

    All I need is this curry and a bowl of brown rice… and I’m set. I have been working on a lot of fun food these first few days of the year… I guess I’m trying to make up to my family after we all got sick over Christmas. I do need to throw some healthier curries back into my diet.. otherwise it will not be a good year for my waistline. :)

  11. says

    HI, your curry sure look very tempting and awesome. Excellent pictures, very well taken and lovely presentation. Nice to eat with french loaf.

    Have a nice day.

  12. says

    Hi Nancy!
    Could I just dive right in to your bowl of curry (your photos and recipes just have that effect on me;-)
    All my very best wishes for a Happy New Year and I look forward to following your beautiful blog in 2013;-)

  13. says

    It got so cold last week that I did sit around with a cup of hot tea or soup and read a good book! What a way to spend time off! This curry warms me up just looking at it. I can taste it and smell it looking at those beautiful pictures!

  14. says

    Gave this wonderful curry a go last night and I wasn’t disappointed! Unfortunately there’s no fresh coriander available in Slovakia at the moment. *Sob!* But we squeezed some lemon juice over the top instead and it was just divine. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. And your photographs are simply stunning! :)

    • says

      Hi Koren,
      Thank you, and glad to hear you enjoyed the curry. Lemon is a fantastic addition — I’ll try that next time. Thanks for stopping by!:)

  15. vicky says

    Third time that i have cooked and enjoyed this receipe, it is now a firm family fave, made from everything you should have in the store cupboard!! well done you!

  16. george madarasz says

    I am confused. In the health benefits section you refer to cilantro, but the recipe does not contain this ingredient. Was there an omission in the recipe?

  17. LAURA PRUITT says

    I’m trying this recipe right now as we speak, it’s simmering.ewwww lala it is deliciono. I did add in the lemon because I read your constructive critics. I also added a 1 small smoke turkey kneck and I didn’t want to waist my celery so I added 2 1/2 strips. THEY MAKE GREAT VEGETABLE STOCK OR BROTH. Thanks!

  18. Nev Winteringham says

    Made this for tea and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this super curry.Absolutely delicious and will definitely be making this again.Thank you so much for sharing this recipe


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