This is one of my treasured recipes, it is wonderful on cold days. This recipe originates from somewhere in North Africa.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fry garlic in the vegetable oil in a large pot over low heat until lightly browned. Pour in water and olive oil; stir in split peas, parsley, chili pepper, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 55 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the peas do not stick to the bottom of the pot. When the peas are tender, mash them with a wooden spoon until smooth; stir in additional water to reach desired consistency.

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Nutrition Facts

370.8 calories; 18.7 g protein; 46.3 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 18.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2006
I found this recipe 2 weeks ago and have made it 5 times since then it's so incredibly good and so incredibly fast and easy. I sincerely doubt I'll ever again make "traditional" split pea soup. This can be eaten as soup or if you allow it to really thicken up it makes a fantastic dip with crunchy tortilla strips corn chips toasted pita triangles cucumber slices or sweet red bell pepper strips. I've also used it as a filling for pita along with chopped cucumbers and a drizzle of yogurt mixed with chopped mint. Scrumptious! Note: Because I didn't have any dried whole chilies I substituted 1 T. of commercial chili powder. I've also used 1 T. of dried parsley in place of fresh and that works okay too although fresh is best. Thank you for posting this recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/07/2007
I was so disappointed! Bland bland bland. The cumin does give a little smokey flavor but not enough....I wished there were some meat in it to give a deeper flavor. I added a tiny bit of liquid smoke and some lemon juice to kind of brighten it. I think it needs more vegetables- like onion carrot and celery cooked with the garlic. Also leaving the dried red chili whole added no heat whatsoever. Lastly I wished I had used vegetable or chicken broth instead of plain water. I had such high hopes for this recipe but none of us liked it. Sorry. Read More
(14)
65 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2006
I found this recipe 2 weeks ago and have made it 5 times since then it's so incredibly good and so incredibly fast and easy. I sincerely doubt I'll ever again make "traditional" split pea soup. This can be eaten as soup or if you allow it to really thicken up it makes a fantastic dip with crunchy tortilla strips corn chips toasted pita triangles cucumber slices or sweet red bell pepper strips. I've also used it as a filling for pita along with chopped cucumbers and a drizzle of yogurt mixed with chopped mint. Scrumptious! Note: Because I didn't have any dried whole chilies I substituted 1 T. of commercial chili powder. I've also used 1 T. of dried parsley in place of fresh and that works okay too although fresh is best. Thank you for posting this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2006
I found this recipe 2 weeks ago and have made it 5 times since then it's so incredibly good and so incredibly fast and easy. I sincerely doubt I'll ever again make "traditional" split pea soup. This can be eaten as soup or if you allow it to really thicken up it makes a fantastic dip with crunchy tortilla strips corn chips toasted pita triangles cucumber slices or sweet red bell pepper strips. I've also used it as a filling for pita along with chopped cucumbers and a drizzle of yogurt mixed with chopped mint. Scrumptious! Note: Because I didn't have any dried whole chilies I substituted 1 T. of commercial chili powder. I've also used 1 T. of dried parsley in place of fresh and that works okay too although fresh is best. Thank you for posting this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2007
as written this would be too bland for my taste and I cannot see the sense in adding that much oil. With changes this soup is delicious and so quick and easy. quickly sauteed 5 large cloves of garlic in a bit of EVOO upped the cumin to 2 heaping measuring tsp. omitted the whole chili and added Tunisian ground chili powder and used chicken broth instead of water. Used 3 cans chicken broth and 16 oz pkg of peas. It was thick but not overly so. I had an extra can of chicken broth that I added the next day as it was thicker then. thanks for the easy recipe that is nice to use for a Ramadan dinner shorba. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/03/2008
This is so good and very versitile as alot of other reveiwers mentioned if you let this thicken to a pasted it's a great spread really tastes good on toasted pitas with some feta. But as a soup it's equally amazing. The only reason i'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is because instead of water chicken broth is really essentail it emboldens the flavors and gives it a finished taste. Other than that this soup is perfect as is! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/07/2007
I was so disappointed! Bland bland bland. The cumin does give a little smokey flavor but not enough....I wished there were some meat in it to give a deeper flavor. I added a tiny bit of liquid smoke and some lemon juice to kind of brighten it. I think it needs more vegetables- like onion carrot and celery cooked with the garlic. Also leaving the dried red chili whole added no heat whatsoever. Lastly I wished I had used vegetable or chicken broth instead of plain water. I had such high hopes for this recipe but none of us liked it. Sorry. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2006
My boyfriend and I both loved this. I used red chili pepper flakes and added 1/2 tsp of garlic salt tumeric and a chili powder. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2006
I can only recommend this recipe. Absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2008
We enjoyed this a lot! I doubled the spices and added a sprinkle of turmeric and chili powder. I sauteed a small onion with the garlic and omitted the olive oil. Oh and I used vegetarian "chicken" flavored bouillon. Next time I might add some carrots but other than that it was perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2006
Next time I will halve the preparation--I have so much leftovers! This is a great tasting healthy unique tasting FILLING treat. Would also be good on toasted bread and I've also been putting it on baked potatoes. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2007
Delicious. The BEST split pea soup I've ever had. I will definately make this again. Read More
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