FAT-FREE SPLIT PEAS SOUP



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The inspiration for this soup is from a Ina Garten’s show. She cooked the soup in a big cast iron pot and this soup was so appetizing. In the original recipe, Ina slow-cooked half of the split peas and then added the seasonings and the other half of the peas so that the texture of the soup contained both puréed and whole peas. Lazy-me put all the ingredients for the soup in a pressure cooker and then blended everything but this soup did taste great. I loved the creaminess of this soup. I also did not add any oil for the soup since I was trying to make this soup fat free. If needed, the onions can be sautéed in oil and then cooked along with the peas. If you love creamy soups like I do, then this soup is for you.
INGREDIENTS:
1. Split peas, soaked overnight, 1 cup.
2. Onion, medium-size, 1.
3. Garlic, 2 pods.
4. Tomato sauce or canned tomatoes, 1 small can.
5. Mixture of dry herbs like mint, basil, and oregano, 1 tablespoon. (Oregano can be overpowering sometimes, add a pinch first and increase accordingly).
6. Any soup seasoning mixture or Italian seasoning mixture, ½ table.
7. Salt and pepper according to taste.
PREPARATION:
Wash the soak split peas well. Dice the onion into large pieces and peel the garlic. Take a pressure cooker or pressure pan and add the split peas, chopped onions, garlic pods, tomato sauce, salt, pepper, dry herbs, and seasoning mixture along with 3-4 cups of water or broth. Cook the contents for up to 3 whistles. Let the steam out and open the pressure cooker. Blend the contents into a smooth purée, check for salt and pepper taste, and transfer the soup into a serving bowl. Add grated cheese, croutons, or chopped basil leaves and serve the soup hot with garlic bread or crackers.

28 comments:

Faiza Ali said...

That looks so creamy and delicious.pass me a bowl dear...its very chilly here..

Sushma Mallya said...

wow looks so nice, the colour is very tempting and soup looks delicious esp for this weather..perfect one gita

Rahin said...

soup looks delicious Gita

Nandini said...

Creamy and tasty soup with all those herbs! Slurpppppp......

Parita said...

Wow soup sounds quite easy to make and very healthy! Perfect for a chilly winter night :-)

kitchen queen said...

Gita, the peas soup looks healthy refreshing and appetising.

Cham said...

Creamy without cream- good protein soup!

Tina said...

Refreshing and tempting soup...

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Priya said...

Protein packed soup, looks creamy and prefect for this chilled weather.

Kanchan said...

Wonderful creamy soup ! Looks totally delicious :)

shanthi said...

perfect, yummy and creamy

Valarmathi said...

Wow.... lovely soup,nice color. looks yummy.

Asha said...

Fat free and guilt free healthy soup, so yummy.

Nostalgia said...

Happy pongal and the soup looks delicious..way to go

Rachana Kothari said...

The Soup looks perfect! mmm tempting:)

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Soup looks so creamy, rich and delectable. Perfect for this winter da, will make me comfortable:)

Nithya said...

Soup looks great and comforting :)lovely click too.

kothiyavunu said...

yum..Looks great & delicious gita and I am sure tastes as good..:)

Yasmeen said...

Warming soup,I would also pressure cook it ,all together :D

Uma said...

looks so tempting. Yum!!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Very appetizing soup dear. Fat free soup is becoming a must for me nowadays:) Love that cracker too....

sowmya.s said...

nice yummy soup..

Gulmohar said...

Love the color..so inviting and healthy soup..

Jagruti said...

Hi Gita

thanks for stoping by my blog and leaving a nice comment..soup looks delicious..good pic...

cheers and keep visiting

Babli said...

Soup looks creamy, mouth watering and delicious.

Chef Jeena said...

Wow I love split peas and this looks so very appetizing, I love the colour!

Kalai said...

Healthy light Soup..looks tempting!