Creamy Yellow Split Peas Soup with Dumplings is a delicious and delightful dish to enjoy any day and especially on a rainy day. The smoothness of the soup will excite your palette. And the dumplings, oh boy! Just what this soup needs.
The weather has not been favorable at all. The temperature keeps going up and down as if Mother Nature is trying to stabilize herself while getting ready for summer. Ah, Summer!!! Can wait for the hot days to be upon us.
It has been raining on and off for weeks and scheduling my workload has been a bit challenging. Cooking is not an issue; taking photos of the foods is difficult because of inadequate lighting. Food photography is better with natural light.
While visiting my family this past weekend, I decided to cook something quick, a dish that would not require much to do, and have my nephew help me. (Once kids enter their pre-teens years, it is time to show them how to cook – just my opinion)
Because the weather was a bit gloomy again, why not make a good comfort soup to warm our hearts. Even Rex (the dog) was excited to see me cook as if everyone including him missed my cooking. I know dogs are supposed to eat dog’s food, but this one is an exception. Rex is very picky with human food and even his. He dislikes seafood and loves bread. Sometimes I think he is more human than animal. LOL
If you have never cooked with yellow peas, I would suggest trying this recipe first. Very healthy and not time-consuming like other pea soups.
Compared to Green Peas, Yellow Peas has a milder flavor and is slightly sweeter. It is high in protein and fiber content and a great source of proper nutrition.
One cup of split peas provides 196 percent of your recommended daily intake of molybdenum, 56.3 percent of your RDI of tryptophan, 39 percent of your manganese, 31.8 percent of your RDI of folate, 24.7 percent of your thiamine, 20.3 percent of your potassium and 19.4 percent of your RDI of phosphorous. In addition to these high micronutrient values, one serving of split peas is an excellent source of 11 amino acids and provides between 10 and 20 percent of your RDI of magnesium, iron, zinc and copper.” (http://www.livestrong.com/article/415150-difference-between-yellow-split-peas-green-split-peas/)
When cooking this dish, you will apply the same cooking techniques as if you were cooking Green Split Peas Soup – no significant differences. So head to the kitchen to start making this wonderful comfort food, but first, go to your local supermarket and buy a bag of yellow split pea soup. Happy Cooking!
- 2 cups of dried green peas
- 4 cups of water
- 1 tbsp. of olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 4 sprigs of chives
- 1 scallions
- 1 sprig parsley
- 1 sprig thyme
- 2 whole cloves
- Salt to taste
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup white onion or shallots - optional
- 1 tbsp. of butter - optional
- 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper ground
- In a large stockpot, cook dried peas until fully cooked.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, add flour, water, salt, black pepper, sweet paprika. Mix all ingredients until there are no lumps. (best to mix with your hands). With a spoon or with your hands form 2.5 cm (1") or 5 cm (2") dumplings. Set aside.
- Let cool and blend in a blender until it forms a puree like texture. Strain puree and set aside. Form a paste with garlic, chives, scallion, parsley and thyme by using either a mortar and pestle or a food processor with a little bit of oil. Heat oil and add spices paste. Cook for half a minute while turning and do not burn. Add onion or shallots if using. Stir mixture to combine and add peas puree. Add cloves, salt, sugar and dumplings and cook uncovered for about 30 minutes on low heat until the puree has thickens. Add butter at the end before serving with white rice if preferred but not necessary because of the dumplings.