Carrots, white potatoes and spinach are our vegetables of choice here, but you could try green beans, zucchini, cauliflower or sweet potatoes. Another option: Pass some plain yogurt at the table to stir into each serving for a touch of tang.
- 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach
- 1 cup yellow or green split peas
- 9 cups water, more if needed
- 2 1-inch pieces fresh ginger, peeled, 1 piece chopped
- 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 4 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 pound boiling potatoes (about 3), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Remove the spinach from the freezer. In a medium saucepan, combine the split peas, 3 cups of the water, the unchopped piece of ginger and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, stirring frequently, until the split peas are tender, about 30 minutes. Add more water if necessary to keep the peas from sticking to the pan.
Meanwhile, in a large pot, melt the butter over moderately low heat. Stir in the chopped ginger, the jalapeno, turmeric, coriander, cumin, carrots, potatoes and the remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons salt. Add the remaining 6 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are almost tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the spinach and simmer 5 minutes longer.
Remove the whole piece of ginger from the cooked split peas and then stir the split peas into the soup. Simmer the soup for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Tip: WINE RECOMMENDATION: A simple, straightforward, fruity Beaujolais will make a fine accompaniment to this soup. Its vivid cherry and berry flavors will contrast and highlight, not compete with, the earthiness of the dish.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
146 calories; 3g total fat; 6mg cholesterol; 437mg sodium; 25g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 7g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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