Ginger Spiced Carrot and Split Pea Soup

Winter and soups go together. As do winter and colds and I´ve got one right now. Fortunately it´s not too bad, as I´m still cooking and enjoying my food. Shame really, as a day or two of fasting is probably no bad thing for me.

I fancied soup this morning but didn´t want to wait for hours for stock to simmer. Now that I´ve realised I can buy split yellow peas in our supermarket, I don´t even have to wait overnight for other legumes to soak before cooking.  They´re also super healthy, packed with protein and fibre and low in fat.  This means they fill you up without filling you out.

As my sense of taste and smell is a little dulled at the moment due to my cold, I decided to make a warming spicy soup to try and wake those senses up a little.

To serve 4 as a main course

  • 1 cup of split yellow peas (or you could use lentils) rinsed
  • 5 cups of water
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 cup of minced tomatoes or conserva
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of tomato purée
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger (about the size of your thumb) peeled and grated or use a teaspoon of dried ginger
  • 3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • Salt to taste (but do not add until the soup is cooked)

Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan, bring to the boil then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 30 minutes until the split peas and carrots are cooked.  Season to taste and either eat as is or purée with an immersion stick blender or in your regular blender.  It´s good with a dollop of creamy natural yogurt but I prefer a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of extra cumin.  Serve piping hot, sitting by the fire.

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60 thoughts on “Ginger Spiced Carrot and Split Pea Soup

  1. So sorry to hear you have a cold Tanya, hope you are better soon. It’s never fun cooking when you are feeling sickies. Your soup sounds fantastic, love the idea of the ginger and chilli with the split peas and carrots.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. That sounds so warming and delicious, especially for this racha de frio we’re having at the moment. Ginger is yummy in carrot juice too (not that I ever get around to making it!) Will look out for lentejas peladas in Merky.

  3. THAT sounds great…love carrots and ginger.
    (Although, when I have a cold, and I’m doing the cooking, I’ve been known to over-spice it according to everyone else!)
    Feel better soon – this soup should help!

  4. Sorry, Tanya, that you’re feeling a little under the weather. This is the time of year for it. You created a very flavorful and hearty soup here, just what the doctor ordered. I hope you feel better real soon. THe mountain needs you!

  5. Tanya, sorry to hear a cold is trying to bring you down. You’ve concocted a soup with all the right cold-chasing ingredients though. I love it when our bodies know just what they need to heal! Rest and be well soon!

  6. I’m so curious to try this version of the pea soup. I love ginger which I think is wonderful in this soup with its refreshing impact to the taste. Perfect on a chilly winter evening 😉

  7. Looks gorgeous. We’ve been eating carrot, garlic and ground coriander soup this week. Fragrant from the garlic, sweet from the carrots and with a bit of a heat from the coriander. Perfect as the temperatures drop. This looks equally suitable!

  8. I love the combination with the cumin and ginger, I’m a big fan of pea soup but like to stray away from the traditional style so this is perfect.

  9. We are having a very rainy day today and as soon as I opened this up it looked like the perfect bowl of comfort!! And the bread caught my eye too!! I’m such a bread lover tho I watch it carefully, yours looks so fresh! This is a perfect meal all around!!

  10. Your soup sounds delicious and so easy…my favorite kind of soup! I hope the soup and the vitamin C from that extra bit of citrus has chased your cold away. I know I’ve seen yellow split peas here from time to time and I’m adding this soup to my “list!”

  11. Mmm this soup really does sound fantastic! Now if only it were a bit chillier here…argh. I need to put the immersion blender to use that Santa bought me. 😉

  12. Mm, there’s a place in the mall near my home which serves a ginger/tomato/lentil soup and it’s awesome. I love love lentils or split peas in soup, and ginger makes a very welcome addition in winter. The soup looks like a real winter warmer – hope you’re feeling better soon!

  13. Mmmm, delicioso!! This sounds similar to a lentil soup I make, too! I also use lentils, ginger, cumin, and carrots, but throw in some sweet potato and an apple as well. I’ve been meaning to post it up. I’ll do it soon!

  14. Very good combination with ginger and this soup is all we need, it’s being quite cold over here, I’m looking for sunshine again, have a good week, :)katya

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