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Indian Style Split Pea Soup

Ingredients
  Ham hock 1 Pound, cracked (1 hock)
  Water 2 Teaspoon
  Green peas/Yellow split peas 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), picked over and rinsed
  Onion 1 Small, finely chopped
  Ground coriander 1 Teaspoon
  Cumin 1 Teaspoon
  Turmeric 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Lemon juice 1 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
Directions

Place ham hock in a deep pan and cover with the 2 quarts water.
Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes.
Drain and save liquid.
Set aside.
Add peas, onion, and liquid to ham hock.
Cover and simmer until peas are soft, about 1 1/2 hours.
Remove ham hock, discard bone and fat, cut meat into small pieces.
Set aside.
Remove peas with a slotted spoon.
Put peas through a food mill or blend in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Return peas to the pot.
Add spices, lemon juice, and sugar and salt to taste.
Add the ham bits.
Simmer 10-15 minutes longer.
Serve with chopped fresh coriander or parsley and chopped salted peanuts.
(Use coriander sparingly as its flavor is very pronounced.)

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Indian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Split Pea

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