It is particularly satisfying when out of very humble ingredients comes out a delicious dish that the whole family enjoys. It might not be the prettiest of dishes but this super quick and easy one pot feast is the perfect midweek family meal. Split Peas are great source of iron, magnesium and potassium. Red lentils provide additional thiamine and vitamin B6. Kale is a powerhouse of Vitamins A, B and C while turmeric adds antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
1 small carrot
2 celery sticks
1/2 cup of split peas
1/2 cup of red lentils
1 Tsp Turmeric
1 Tsp Smoked paprika
1 Tsp Cumin
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp Cayenne
2Tbsp Tomato paste
Covering your split peas with water and let them soak for couple of hours or overnight. Get rid of the soaking water and rinse your split peas.
Chop an onion, carrot and celery and sweat them in a pan with a bit of oil. Cube your potatoes and add them too. Sweat for few more minutes than add all your spices (cinnamon, cumin, paprika and turmeric). Keep steering the mixture until all combine. Now add your peas and lentils and cover all with water. Cover your pan and let it simmer for about 15 – 20min or until your vegetables and pulses are soft. Check half-way and top up with water if needed. Now it’s the time to add your tomato paste and mix well. Taste and add some salt, pepper and cayenne (add as much as you wish according to your spice tolerance or leave out if all together).
Take the leafy part of kale off the stalk, chop and add to the pot. Cover and simmer for another 5min. Serve as it or with good dollop of yogurt (plain coconut goes really well with this dish if you after dairy free option).
Swap split peas for different lentils or other pulses to create different variety of this dish. You can add spinach or Cavolo Nero instead of kale.