Sunday, April 3, 2011

Split Pea and Broccoli Curry

Here's another simple, delicious dinner to add to my current obsession with Indian-flavored curries. I've already eaten lentils once this week, and I had a lot of split peas leftover from the last time I made split pea soup, so I decided to use those in this recipe. I used green split peas, but I'm sure yellow split peas or a combination would be delightful.

We ate this over hot basmati rice. I usually only buy whole grains, so brown basmati is a popular choice - but sometimes I really want the texture and flavor of white rice, so I bought some and used it in this meal. I also enjoyed this with a tall glass of vanilla coconut milk, with plain fresh strawberries for dessert

Split Pea and Broccoli Curry
  • 1 cup split peas
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • garnishes: fresh cilantro, peanuts, cashews, shredded coconut
  • ghee, olive oil or butter
Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil or butter in a large saucepan with a lid over medium heat. Add in the onion and carrots and saute for about five minutes. Add the cumin, garam masala, turmeric, ginger, garlic, jalapeno and split peas, stir to combine, and cook for about two minutes. Add in the vegetable broth and cover. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low.

If you like your broccoli very tender, add the florets in after the split peas have cooked for about twenty minutes. If you like it more firm, wait for twenty-five minutes or so. The split peas should take about 35-40 minutes to become tender - you don't want them mushy like in a split pea soup.

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  1. Broccoli and peas as curry,thats truly interesting..

  2. this sounds just beautiful! i need to eat more curry.