Soup's On....

I have been a fan of soups ever since i was a little kid. i would wait to go to restaurants with my parents and sis and order tomato soup.i used to love the crunchy bread pcs, my amma and appa would give their bread pcs to my sis and me... and we would just gobble them up. actually looking back i think the bread chunks were the main reason for the tomato soup order ;) then in my teens i was in love with veg. sweet corn soup and i think i am still hooked to it. I have not been able to make it here, as the corn is a tad too sweet here in the US.

Split pea soup was something i was introduced here. I think the first time i had one was in Zoup...a soup chain in mi. It was really delicious, but i thought it was a tad too heavy for me, but i knew something delicious can be made of this. So, i came upon this recipe i think from the website called, that recipe is no longer available.
This recipe has now been modified by me quite a lot to add my preferences that the only thing this soup has from the original recipe is the split-pea,barley and carrots.

Now to the soup, i really love this, it is light but fills you up and is healthy here it comes


Split pea- 1 cup
Barley - 1 cup
Onions- 1 medium
Carrots - 2 medium
Rosemary - few stalks
Garlic - 4 pods (love garlic)
Tomato paste - 1 tbls
Red chilly flakes - 1 tsp
Red chilly powder - 11/2 tsp (optional)
Olive oil - 2 tsp
salt -to taste
6 cups water or veg.stock (if using water, try using a salt-free veggie bullion)


1. Soak the split pea in water for about 4 hours, it cooks faster this way.

2. Cook barley and split pea seperately in lots of water. keep a lookout for the barley as it really plumps up quite a bit.Cook till both are done. The barley tastes chewy and the pea should be smooth to taste.

3. Dice the onions as finely as possible and chop the carrots finely too.

4. In a soup pot, add the oil, then smash the garlic and add the rosemary leaves. Add the onions, carrots and red-chilly flakes cook till they are soft.Add the salt and at this time,add the bullion,if using one. Keep the gas on med-low and there is really no need to add any water to cook the carrots as you have chopped them finely

5. Meanwhile, add the split pea in the blender and puree it to a smooth paste.

6. When the carrots are cooked, add the red-chilly powder,tomato paste and fry for a couple of min. Then add the split pea puree,barley and six cups of water/stock,salt as needed (remem you have added some salt to cook carrots) and cook on medium flame till it comes to a boil. Then let the soup simmer for 10 mts more to get really creamy and quite to the consistency you like.

7. Now ladle these on to big bowls and watch re-runs of what you love, for me it is All in the Family....( i tvo it)

notes: if you like the soup more fluid in consistency, add more water.

you need not pre-soak the peas, it will just take longer to cook.

when you puree the soup, if using stock, puree the split pea using the stock.

You can put cilantro instead of rosemary for an indian touch, but that has to be added at the end.


Anonymous said...

Hi Rajitha,
your blog is amazing, photos and presentation is wonderful.
Really very well written, keep it up friend.


Rajitha said...

lakshmi - thanks... appreciate ur kind words.

Nags said...

nice recipe.. seems healthy too :)

Madhu said...

Hi Rajitha,
Beautiful stemy-hot soup iam hungry for some soup.

Sia said...

aha!!! i too am in love with soups:) and yeah, also the bread pieces floating on creamy tomato soup;)
ur bowl of soup surely looks delicious.

Seena said...

thanks for visiting simple and delicious!
nice recipes you have, but don't know why I couldn't see the you use flickr?
see you,

Bharathy said...

I scrolled past all your recipes now!!You have a fantastic place here Rajitha..and a wonderful photography skill.
..esp that pic of cheese on tomatoes,,the way you have blurred the upper half is toooo good..I wonder how you do it..Great work.!!

Priya Dilip said...

MMM... am on the look out for soups.... only low fat non cheesy soups.. This recipe totally fits into my type... Will let you know how it turned out once i try it , Chick...hehe

Laavanya said...

i love tomato soup too esp. the croutons - so buttery and crunchy. This soup looks great and healthful.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Nice one,rajitha :-) Easy to make too :-)

Rajitha said...

nags- it is when i stuff my face with ice-cream i remind myself.. at-least i ate ahealthy lunch!!

madhu - that is the beauty of blogs... we are all perpectually hungry, coz we see food all the time...go on have some

sia - i know deep fried bread.. what's not to like

seena- oho! yep.. flickr is what i use..sorry :(

bharathy - trust me.. no skill. i take like a million photos of everything i make and which looks decent find a home.. thanks for ur generous praise tho :)

priya oh! priya - do let me know how it comes out...and right now i am singing that song oooh! priya priya ( telugu one)

laavanya - buttery and crunchy... you hit the nail on the spot..

Swati said...

hi! am a first timer here.. i love soups too and would conver ne vegetable to a soup.. this looks yummy!

Sreelu said...

I love soups and nice warm toasty bread to go with it.Hey post recipe for sweet corn soup if you have.
Try Trader Joe split peas soup,its delicious.

Kumudha said...

Soup looks so healthy. I should try this healthy soup sometime.

TBC said...

o.k. I'm having a soup for lunch... a different one though.
Yours soup looks S-O-U-P-E-R ;-)
I have never used barley in a soup before. Must try this.

Rajitha said...

sirisha - thanks :)

swati - welcome... thanks for dropping in. i like soup too...easy on the go ( not this one tho)

sreelu - trader joe soup's next.. i will try it. and coming to bread... i think i would eat more bread and less soup ;)
i will post the sweet corn recipe soon and give u a heads-up :)

kumudha - it is good and vegan too :)

tbc- hey hey! nice play of words ;)

Arts said...

Nice healthy pic..
And the pic is so inviting.. Wish I cud grab that bowl :)
Waiting for ur sweet corn soup recipe..
Btw, I love ur blog name and photos!

Rajitha said...

arts - thanks..wish i could hand u the bowl of soup too...

Pravs said...

I was going through all the post here... lovely pics and dishes.

Padma said...

Rajtiha, must say this is incredibly delicious looking soup with all those healthy ingredients, was wondering if fresh rosemary might be little strong, is that so? Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, I am glad you liked too have a great space here...

Vcuisine said...

Soups are always my favorite Rajitha. It looks very yummy. Viji

Jeena said...

Great recipe I love soup yours sounds delicious, lovely picture. :)

Rajitha said...

pravs - thanks :)

padama - rosemary would be intense if added in the end.. as you allow it to cook for a long time, it will mellow out

Viji - thanks, i love soups too

Jeena - thanks,it is.. you must know, you have a great healthy recipe site!!

Latha Narasimhan said...

I love this soup! I liked the inclusion of barley which is good for health! A dish leisurely prepared, will always taste good!

Rajitha said...

latha - thanks..i hnk the addition of barley really makes a diff....glad to know u think it will be good.

Priya Dilip said...

Hi Rajitha... i have never tried oolan... it would be the first time i would be buying red pumpkin... Nice to read that here is another beary food blogger who likes pigging out with curd rice and mango pickle!!hehe...

Rajitha said...

priya! nice to know a fellow curd rice and avvakai obsessed person ;) what! never bought red- pumpkin...go buy it girl... but not from american stores.. the ones desi stores carry

Namratha said...

Ordering soup for the bread pieces...gosh you just spoke my mind..that's exactly what I loved as a kid too! :) Split pea soup looks interesting, never cooked with barley before though..

Rajitha said...

namratha - i think all fellow foodies were greedy kids ;) when we grow up we turn the greed to blogs!