250g green split peas
... 1 large onion, cut into chunks
1 large tomato, cut into chunks
1 large potato, cut into chunks
7 large carrots
Salt and pepper to taste
Water as needed
Chicken or beef pieces (optional)
celery, chopped finely
parsley, chopped finely
Soak split peas in boiling water for 1 hour. I always rinse my split peas after soaking.
Using a large cooking pot add split peas and cloves and cook until peas are soft and mushy, approximately 1 ½ hours.
Meanwhile prepare vegetables and liquidize all the vegetables together.
Add to cooked split peas.
Add enough water, beef pieces and cook a further hour on slow stirring every now and again.
Or if you using chicken pieces cook a further half hour.
Add celery and parsley, if this is being used and cook 5 – 10 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add more water depending on the consistency you like the soup to be.
Serve hot with crusty bread, samosas, dhaljies, etc