Indian Spiced Split Pea Soup

Curry, bay leaves, ginger and garlic all work together to transform regular split pea soup into something exotic and fantastic. Slideshow:  More Warming Soup Recipes 

Indian Spiced Split Pea Soup
Photo: © Ian Knauer
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 45 mins
8 cups


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 medium onions, chopped

  • 5 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon curry powder, plus more for garnish

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 medium carrots, sliced

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 4 bay leaves

  • 8 cups vegetable stock

  • 1 pound dried split peas


  1. In a large heavy pot, heat the oil over medium high heat until hot. Stir the onions, garlic, ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 6 minutes. Stir in the curry powder and cook 1 minute. Stir in the carrots, celery, bay leaves, stock, and split peas and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the split peas are very soft and falling apart, about 1 1/2 hours. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste, garnish with additional curry powder and serve.

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