Ethiopian Mild Split Pea Stew

Hey there!

This next stew is a continuation of my Ethiopian feast, which has so far included a cabbage and carrot dish and a red lentil stew.  Woo hoo!

This was everyone’s favorite, and also the one that I totally improvised.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  It’s simple as can be, too – the ingredient list is short and the whole thing is very non-fussy.  The biggest challenge is waiting for the split peas to cook down into a soft, stewy texture.  But it only takes about an hour, so no biggie.

Ethiopian Mild Split Pea Stew
Makes about 6 small servings


1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
Thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
3 cups water
1 cup yellow split peas, rinsed
Salt, to taste (I used about 1 teaspoon)


1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, ginger and turmeric and cook for a few more minutes until very fragrant.  Add the water and split peas, bring to a boil, and then cover and simmer for about an hour, until an awesome stewy texture is achieved.  Stir the mixture occasionally, especially toward the end of the cooking time.  Add salt to taste and enjoy!

Well I’m gonna keep this post short and sweet today since I’ve got work and a performance to prepare for.  Happy Wednesday, folks!

  • xvavaveganx

    Ooooh yum! I love split peas but don't eat them nearly enough. Time to change that! 😉

  • Allysia

    I'm the same way! I bought a bag of 'em for this recipe and was all, "man, why don't I do this more often?" Split peas are awesomesauce.

  • urban vegan

    I love dishes like this. I actually love anything with lentils so double love

  • Maggie Muggins

    Man I love split pea stew, I can only imagine how good your Ethiopian version is.

  • Allysia

    <3 x 2! 🙂

  • Allysia

    It's very polite while still having some personality – it went really well with everything else!

  • Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    Where did you get the split peas? Are they just a regular grocery store item?

  • Allysia

    I know you can buy them in the bulk bins of Superstore, but I always buy anything legume-y from India Food Centre, since the quality has yet to let me down. There's nothing more disappointing than spending a bunch of time trying to cook stale beans…