Potato and Yellow Split Pea Curry

#Potato and Yellow Split Pea #Curry Recipe (#Vegan with Meat Option) | #yellowsplitpeas #indianfood

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) | #yellowsplitpeas #indianfood

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) | #yellowsplitpeas #indianfood

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. Let me show you how I made it then we’ll talk health benefits.

Potato and Yellow Split Pea Curry

Nancy Lopez & MexicanMadeMeatless.com
Potato and Yellow Split Pea Curry Recipe. A fast and hassle free meal perfect for Meatless Mondays.Reap the health benefits of dried yellow split peas with this curry.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Curry, Healthy, low calories, low-fat, vegan, Vegetables
Cuisine Indian, vegan, vegetarian
Servings 3 -4


  • 3-4 medium potatoes the weight was around 1 lb or 500gm, peeled and cut into equal sizes
  • one cup or 200 g of dried yellow split pea
  • one medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • one small piece ginger finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 dried red chile peppers
  • one large tomato finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp whole yellow mustard seed
  • 2 curry leaves optional
  • one cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp whole coriander seed
  • one tbsp whole cumin seed
  • *2 tsp Garam Masala (I used my homemade recipe)
  • one tsp turmeric powder
  • one tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups or 1 lt water or low sodium & no MSG vegetable broth
  • freshly chopped cilantro to taste


  • 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. Next add ginger and garlic and saute for 2 minutes. 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/
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#Potato and Yellow Split Pea #Curry Recipe (#Vegan with Meat Option) | #yellowsplitpeas #indianfood

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) | #yellowsplitpeas #indianfood

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. 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!

  2. 5 stars
    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! 🙂

    1. 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!:)

  3. 5 stars
    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!

  4. 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?

  5. 5 stars
    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