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Ethiopian Split Peas

Recipe by: Vggiegirl

Originally this dish was Kik Alicha or Yellow Split Pea Stew. I have modeled this dish after an Ethiopian lentil dish I enjoy to make it more solid.

  • 1lb yellow split peas
  • 3-1/2C water, reserve 1/2 cup for later
  • 1 lrg onion, diced
  • 3T tomato paste
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger OR 1 1 inch-long piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1/2tsp ground turmeric *may omit
  • 1/2tsp ground black pepper
  • salt to taste

Soak split peas for 30mins-1hr. Drain, sort, rinse.  Sauté onion and garlic in enough water so they don't stick :) Add tomato paste. Add 3C water, split peas and remaining spices. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 35mins. Check periodically and give it a stir. The water should evaporate, but if the peas start to stick, add more water and simmer again. You want the peas to be slightly chunky, slightly creamy :-)

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