Split Pea & Squash Curry

25 Jan

Now that we seem to have caught up (vegetable-availability-wise) with everyone who was posting squash and pumpkin recipes back in the autumn, I am finally cooking lots of warming winter dishes which include this fantastic ingredient. Having said that, it´s not actually very cold here at the moment, but it is Janaury, so I feel justified in making wintery food.

Although we didn´t put on any extra kilos over Christmas, no one could ever accuse either me or Big Man of being under weight, so recipes which are healthier and packed with vegetables are perfect for us.

A mild flavoured curry was on my list – Big Man doesn´t like them hot, and I can always add a little dried chilli at the end to turn up the heat in my own portion.

Ingredients (to serve 4 as a hearty soup or more as a side dish)

  • 200g split yellow peas (the last of a stash bought over by visitors…so sad)
  • 500g squash peeled and cut into slices
  • 1 cup of tomato conserva or chopped tinned tomatoes
  • 1 onion peeled, halved and cut into thin slices
  • 1 head of garlic (you will be roasting this and only using half)
  • 2-3 cups of vegetable stock or water
  • 3 heaped teaspoons of your favourite curry mix (I usually make mine with ground turmeric, chilli, cumin, dried coriander, black pepper and cardamom seeds and then add a little fresh grated ginger when I cook)
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • 1 dried chilli crumbled (optional)
  • Oil for frying

Turn the oven onto a high setting and place the squash on a tray lined with foil. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle a little oil over.  Roast for about 30 minutes until soft and brown at the edges.  Put the garlic in at the same time, wrapped loosely in foil.

Start by dry frying the mustard seeds until they pop. Remove them from the pan. Add a little oil to your pan and fry the onion and garlic until they are soft, then add your curry powder and mustard seeds and fry until the lovely aromas start to come out, then add the split peas (or you could use lentils).  Now add the tomato conserva and 2 cups of the stock or water plus the crumbled chilli if using.

Cook gently until the split peas are almost soft (you may need to add more liquid, just keep an eye on them). Remove the squash and garlic from the oven and cut the squash into smaller bite sized chunks.  Add these to the split peas.  Pop half of the garlic cloves out of their skins and add to the curry. Mash the other half and cover with a little oil, it will keep for at least a week in the fridge and can be used in other dishes or dips.

Add a drop more liquid to the vegetables if necessary, cooking the curry for about 10 more minutes until everything is soft and cooked through.  You can mash some of the squash, garlic and split peas with the back of a wooden spoon, leaving some chunky.  Add salt, you´ll probably find it can take quite a lot, but the choice is yours. Eat as a thick soup or a side dish and it´s lovely served with rice or naan bread.

Delicious with a squeeze of lime juice and chopped coriander, but I didn´t have either of them so I just used lemon juice. If you like it even milder and more creamy, stir in a couple of big spoonfuls of thick creamy yogurt.

We had some leftovers, so the next day I added some more stock, yogurt and some finely chopped chard (you could use spinach, kale, cabbage) and warmed it through to make a delicious soup – I´m not sure which version I liked best!


62 Responses to “Split Pea & Squash Curry”

  1. ChgoJohn January 25, 2012 at 11:17 #

    Unable to taste them — we really have to work on this part of blogging — I’d say that both recipes are winners. Love lentils. Love split peas. Love curry. If I had to choose between the 2 bowls, however, I think I’d go with the latter made with chard. You see, Tanya, I love chard, too. No matter, really, because each version looks & sounds delicious! I couldn’t make a choice I’d be sorry about later.

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 12:09 #

      Do you think WordPress could incorporate a taste and smell feature?! Wouldn’t that be great. And like you, I couldn´t decide between the two but you could do a third version which is the thicker first one WITH chard!

  2. TBM January 25, 2012 at 11:19 #

    Looks yummy. I love soups in the winter. I have a huge pot of split pea soup in my fridge right now. Yours looks better!

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 12:10 #

      Bet it´s not better than yours, just different 🙂 And split pea soup always improves after a day or so!

  3. Florence January 25, 2012 at 12:09 #

    They both look delicious T. Just right for these cold nights.
    Regards Florence x

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 13:01 #

      It does get cold at night now doesn´t it – mind you, still glorious during the day!

  4. gardenfreshtomatoes January 25, 2012 at 12:48 #

    Who could resist those COLORS!?
    I’m a huge lentil fan, and fortunately, so is the Household…going to have to try the split pea one, too!

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 13:00 #

      Yes, when one eats pulses…you all have to! It is very pretty, I agree 🙂

  5. Mad Dog January 25, 2012 at 12:54 #

    That sounds great and the leftovers look amazing!

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 13:00 #

      Leftovers are generally pretty good aren´t they – sometimes better than the main attraction!

  6. promenadeplantings January 25, 2012 at 12:55 #

    2 recipes in 1. Clever you 🙂 I love curries (shock horror!) and adore pumpkin and lentils/chick peas. A perfect combination

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 13:01 #

      I know you love them, have been having a good look round your lovely recipes!

  7. spree January 25, 2012 at 14:39 #

    A little sweet and hot and savory, and a big bunch of healthy! Really love the sounds of this Tanya. I think: why choose? You did the perfect thing by re-purposing (or is it recycling) last nights dish and making it even healthier tonight. Pretty brilliant I’d say! I’d also say YUM!

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 15:14 #

      Oh yes, we´re not ones for throwing food away (and then there are always the dogs and the chickens who get a look in on leftovers too!).

  8. ceciliag January 25, 2012 at 15:08 #

    We love curries too, john is the curry maker so i shall pass this on to him, he still has some split peas too! wonderful. love your spices! c

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 15:51 #

      Thanks Celi – I wish Big Man loved them more, but he´s “growing” to love them like me! Don´t think he´ll ever like them hot, hot, hot like me though 😉

  9. PendleStitches January 25, 2012 at 15:10 #

    Healthy. Tasty. And with fabulous leftovers. What’s not to love?

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 15:52 #

      Perfect – I do tend to always cook way too much of everything. Have now learned that this doesn´t mean I have to scoff it all in one sitting, but that I have two meals from one instead 🙂

  10. spicegirlfla January 25, 2012 at 15:52 #

    Mmmm…definitely bowls of comforting love!! Love the blend of spices; I don’t use many of them often enough – guess it’s time to try!!

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 16:03 #

      Bowls of comforting love – how beautiful, I shall have to remember that!

  11. zestybeandog January 25, 2012 at 17:10 #

    This looks so good and comforting! I love all the great flavors, what a nice recipe!

  12. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide January 25, 2012 at 17:45 #

    I’d like to accuse you of being underweight, you and little man. That’s right, there you go. I’ve even renamed him. Also, this looks really good.

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 17:51 #

      Brilliant – we´re now officially tiny if you say so!! Little Man is Alfi the Dog, so Big Man may have to be Not So Big Man….anyway, enough silliness, we´re never going to be thin so we´ll just keep on with the recipes. Glad you liked it 🙂

  13. chaiselongue1 January 25, 2012 at 18:19 #

    Both curry and soup sound delicious. Even when the weather’s mild, January just seems right for this kind of recipe, doesn’t it?

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 19:27 #

      Well, you have to have an excuse (even if it´s just the name of the month) to cook warming dishes like this!

  14. Bluejellybeans January 25, 2012 at 19:19 #

    ¡No puedo creer mi suerte!

    En Panamá las arvejas son un plato muy muy popular y aunque cuando era pequeña no era uno de mis platos favoritos, estas navidades cuando estuve allí compré una bolsa para traer a madrid porque aquí no las he visto nunca. Y te preguntarás qué tiene que ver estas arvejas con tu receta, pues que son split yellow peas!!!
    Ahora no tengo más remedio que hacer tu receta, seguro que así superaré mis malos recuerdos de la infancia y aprenderé a re-apreciar a esta pobre legumbre 🙂


    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 19:31 #

      Pues gracias Giovana – y ahora sé que los Split yellow peas se llamen las arvejas y puedo empecer la búsqueda aquí en Andalucía a ver si les encuentro. Espero que te gusta el plato – yo he notado que mis gustas han cambiado mucho desde que era pequeña!

  15. thecompletecookbook January 25, 2012 at 20:58 #

    Ooh, two for the price of one – awesome! I love this idea Tanya!
    🙂 Mandy

  16. sportsglutton January 25, 2012 at 22:07 #

    A good healthy meal that I’ve bookmarked for Liz and I to enjoy very very soon. thanks for sharing!

    • Chica Andaluza January 25, 2012 at 22:48 #

      You´re welcome – do hope you and Liz enjoy it!

  17. bitsandbreadcrumbs January 25, 2012 at 23:40 #

    Both of these look just wonderful, and I agree with you and John…Wordpress, we need smell-o’-blogging…or something like that. I’m afraid I might have to put all of the roasted garlic in this, I like it so much. I just love that you reinvented the first dish to make the second. What a creative and a great way to not get bored with leftovers, not that anyone would with these dishes!

    • Chica Andaluza January 26, 2012 at 10:41 #

      I think putting all the garlic in would be lovely! I mashed the rest of mine and mixed it into mayonnaise to make a quick alioli the next day which was very good!

  18. Tandy January 26, 2012 at 08:35 #

    I love the healthy eating aspect of this dish!

    • Chica Andaluza January 26, 2012 at 10:40 #

      Yes, while it´s good to cook and have fun, sometimes we have to be sensible – and healthy food doesn´t have to be dull!

  19. foodblogandthedog January 26, 2012 at 12:44 #

    This sounds delicious and I have a squash in my fridge that is just about ready to give up the ghost, dinner for tonight sorted, thanks! I don’t have split peas but I bought a packet of yellow lentils form Mercadona so I’m going to give them a try, I get confused with all the different types of lentils but love them all!

    • Chica Andaluza January 26, 2012 at 13:00 #

      What a great idea – I´ve seen those yellow lentils but have never bought them. Would be interested to know how they “behave”. Blue Jelly Beans gave me the name of them in Spanish and I asked Big Man where I could buy them and looked at me and laughed and said they were for feeding birds here 😉 Will continue the search for split peas!

  20. Charles January 27, 2012 at 00:32 #

    Great looking dish – perfect meal after a day spent out in the cold. I love lentils, split peas etc – I always get mixed up between the two as well but I think they’re pretty much interchangeable in many recipes.

    • Chica Andaluza January 27, 2012 at 08:27 #

      I agree and with the quick cook lentils, just as fast to cook. Glad you liked it!

  21. samology January 27, 2012 at 06:10 #

    yummm! Delicious! Looking at your pictures and reading your recipe, I can almost smell it!! haha..

    • Chica Andaluza January 27, 2012 at 16:47 #

      Thank you – so pleased you liked it! And thanks for visiting….

  22. Calico Stretch January 27, 2012 at 21:03 #

    Yum this is also right up my alley though the rest of my household have very boring tastes so when I make it it will be ALL MINE (my brain is whirling), therefore there will be enough for the soup. Wonder if it freezes?

    Either either – yum.

    • Chica Andaluza January 27, 2012 at 21:43 #

      I think if you froze before adding the yogurt it would be fine…and yours, all yours!!!

  23. rsmacaalay January 29, 2012 at 08:04 #

    I love the creamy texture of this dish, I think I will be tempted to make one soon paired with some naan

  24. Kay aka Babygirl January 30, 2012 at 06:35 #

    I never thought of combining split pea and squash together, bit oddly enough this really looks interesting and quite tasty. Wonderful recipe

    • Chica Andaluza January 30, 2012 at 09:40 #

      I think it works along the same lines as lentils and squash – it was very good!

  25. Fiona Flores Watson February 9, 2012 at 11:22 #

    Delicious – I cooked this last night, and my husband, who had been put off by the lentil&veg one (I loved it), was most impressed. These split peas are so much lighter (texture) than the regular brown ones. Also, I made my own curry paste for the first time, using cardamom and mustard seeds of indeterminate vintage, and it made such a difference with that gorgeous cardamom aroma. Thank you! You’re inspiring me to do more adventurous home cooking (ie not just pasta!)

    • Chica Andaluza February 9, 2012 at 11:38 #

      Oh I´m so pleased Fiona! (Sorry that today´s recipe is very meaty 😉 ) Big Man is also an “endurer” of lentils but not a lover but he really enjoys the split peas. Did you find them in Mercadona?

      • Fiona Flores Watson February 11, 2012 at 11:44 #

        Yes, i’d already bought some, but had forgotten. Occasionally get adventurous and by a bag of dried pulses, then sits in cupboard for about two years…

      • Chica Andaluza February 11, 2012 at 13:40 #

        I think we can all admit to doing that!

  26. narf77 April 25, 2014 at 21:56 #

    Nom diddley om nom! Making this ASAP to serve over some scrumptious coconut rice. Putting weight on over the colder months? Who needs a waist. That’s what soft elastic is for! 😉

    • Chica Andaluza April 25, 2014 at 23:45 #

      I haven’t seen my waist for years (hurrah for the Empire Line frock for parties)! Cold weather needs fodder….well, it’s nearly always cold in England so that’s my excuse!

      • narf77 April 26, 2014 at 00:41 #

        Same here in Tassie so that Empire Line you mention appears to be my new seasons look! Now I just need to learn to sew…

      • Chica Andaluza April 27, 2014 at 16:45 #

        Why sew when you can use sticky tape and staples 😉

      • narf77 April 27, 2014 at 19:44 #

        Because when you are only just managing to squeeze your (lack of a waist) into something resembling a “frock” (LOVE that word 😉 ) you had best make doubly sure that it is sewn together with double seams that have been super glued in between because anything less would have disastrous (and obscene) consequences 😉

      • Chica Andaluza April 29, 2014 at 11:03 #



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