Crisp Split Peas Recipe

Step 1

Rinse and sort the peas, then place in a large bowl and add enough cold water to cover. Stir in baking soda. Let soak overnight.

Step 2

Drain peas, rinse several times in cold water and drain thoroughly. Let stand at least 30 minutes, then spread out on paper towels and let dry thoroughly.

Step 3

In a deep, heavy saucepan, heat about 2 inches of oil to 350 F (180 C) or until a 1-inch bread cube turns golden brown in about 65 seconds.

Step 4

Add peas, a portion at a time, and cook until golden. (Be careful when cooking peas; even when completely dry, they often cause oil to bubble to top of pan.) Remove peas from hot oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Step 5

Turn cooked peas into a small bowl. Sprinkle with chili powder, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and salt; mix to coat peas with spice mixture. Cool completely; store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Makes about 1-3/4 cups.

Things You'll Need

  • 1c Yellow split peas
  • 2ts Baking soda
  • Vegetable oil
  • -- for deep-frying
  • 1/2ts Chili powder
  • 1/2ts Ground coriander
  • 1pn Ground cinnamon
  • 1pn Ground cloves
  • 1ts Salt

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