Indian Style Split Pea Soup
|Ham hock||1 Pound, cracked (1 hock)|
|Green peas/Yellow split peas||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), picked over and rinsed|
|Onion||1 Small, finely chopped|
|Ground coriander||1 Teaspoon|
|Lemon juice||1 Teaspoon|
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.
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.
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.)