Every now and then I long for that traditional split pea soup my mom used to make. It reminds me of cold cozy winter days. The bad thing was, she made a huuuuge pan, so we would have to eat it the next day, too. By then the soup was more like a ... brick. You could stick a spoon in it and it would stand up straight. As a kid I preferred a bit of variety. Not the same thing. Again!?
Yesterday I decided to take the plunge and experiment with pea soup. My husband can make a really nice, very smooth French pea soup, quite similar to the Dutch version but way more refined. I wanted to add some spiciness. It came out really nice. Here is the recipe for you to try. We did the experimenting bit already.
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Extra extra: I added a dash of coconut milk for sweetness, my husband added … vinegar?? for even more tartness. To me, the tartness level was just right. We even added a dollop of sweet sambal.
SPICES!!! The ginger, coriander/cilantro, garlic and chili make this a more Asian flavoured soup. Let’s highlight ginger today: we probably all know that ginger is warming to the body. This is why this spice is so popular in winter dishes. Traditional healers in China, India, the Middle East and the Roman Empire turned to this spice as a medicine for thousands of years. Only since the past few decades, scientists around the world have been proving that ginger works! To help quiet that queasy feeling during pregnancy and motion sickness.
I just looooove this soup! It’s warming, nourishing, filling and satisfying. Oh, did I mention it’s healthy, too? Healthy AND tasty. Yep. I’m a bit of a lazy cook, especially during midweek. This soup is quick and easy. If you don’t mind using cans or jars, then this is for you. It doesn’t have to be from scratch all the time.
This vegan lentil soup is kind to the heart and nourishing to the soul. Perfect for a cold winter day. It has all the five flavours plus a bit of warming spiciness (not hotness). Serve with some bread of choice (naan, pita, flat bread, baguette, gluten free) and a dollop of yoghurt.
Spices! We used Garam Masala. Masala means ‘spice mix’. We just used the ready made spice mix bought from our local shop, but did you know there are all kinds of masala mixes? Sambaar Masala, Chaat Masala... Garam Masala is India’s most popular spice mix. Indian cooks are famous for improvising, making up their own personal ‘secret’ spice mix by adding whatever they fancy. The combinations are endless, so whenever you choose to make your own spice mix, there is no set formula. Whatever the combination, all of the masala’s include spices with great health and healing benefits.
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