Yellow split peas with carrot and bell pepper

Yellow split pea stew is my favorite winter dish! This is a dish from a childhood except we didn’t eat it with ham… we ate it with lard. This is my luxury version that includes carrot and bell paper and onions are fried in oil together with ham.IMG_20171030_093301_655.jpg

There is no need for the recipe I guess, but if you are looking for one, here you go:

Yellow split peas with ham

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Dish from childhood memories



  • 11/2 cups yellow split peas washed
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 200 grams ham chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • oil for cooking


  1. In a pot over medium heat add 2 tbsp oil, cubed carrot and bell pepper. Fry for few minutes.
  2. Add split peas and enough water (about 3 cups), salt and cover. Cover and bring to boil.
  3. Lower the heat and cook until tender. Don’t forget to stir occasionally! If it’s getting too dry add more water.
  4. Meanwhile, in the frying pan heat the oil and onions. Stir-Fry until golden brown. Add ham and mix until well combined and heated through.
  5. Serve yellow split peas topped with fried onions & ham. Add sour cream if desired!


10 thoughts on “Yellow split peas with carrot and bell pepper

  1. I love all the ‘pulses’ so I’m sure to like this. If by ‘lard’ you mean pig backfat I’d probably prefer it to ham if the fat is smoked unless the ham is home cured. Good dish for today here – it’s pretty cold.

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    1. I’m confused with all those words. Fresh, unsmoked pig fat :). What’s the name for that?! We have better ham then you do probably 🙂 When I lived in Dublin I was surprised what they called ham… it was more like “Maybe ham” + water! We have more like home cured ham!


    1. Interesting how you call it a soup. In Latvia soups are more liquid. Imagine my surprise when I opened Italian cookbook and saw a stew called soup 🙂 You can definitely eat it without sour cream. I did that. Janis added sour cream.


        1. Yeah! It’s getting interesting. As USA we all know peanut butter and McDonald 😀 and now few dishes are so unseen, that it’s hard for me (and you) to imagine! I hope to share more native 🙂 It’s similar to Russian cousin!

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