African Split Pea Soup

African Split Pea Soup

Estimated Time: 11 Minutes - 371 Calories

A wonderful soup for a cold day!


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 cups dry green split peas
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 dried red chile pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper


  1. Fry garlic in the vegetable oil in a large pot over low heat until lightly browned.
  2. Pour in water and olive oil and stir in split peas, parsley, chili pepper, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat. Simmer for about 55 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the peas do not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  4. 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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