What's in Your Cupboard? Split Peas

In the series "What is in your cupboard?" I rediscover a packet of organic dry split peas. A whole packet which was trying to negotiate its way towards the back of the cupboard.

Day in, day out, I noticed that it was slowly but surely wiggling towards obscurity. "right this is it", I thought, grabbing the shifty packet.

On closer examination, the recipe printed on it did not appear too difficult: Split Pea & Lemongrass Croquettes. don't be put off by the word lemongrass paste, I made my own by whizzing a lemongrass in the blender, and that is rather easy to find in grocery shops, I got my lemon grass in the local supermarket.

The consistency is the key of theses croquettes, it has to be rather thick prior adding the egg, on my first attempt, I was tempted to add a little water and that was a mistake. You may be correct to think that this recipe is time consuming, however most of the time goes in soaking and simmering which does not need you to be around.

Split Pea and Croquettes
Serves 4 (2 each) or vise-versa
Soak time 1 hour
Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 45 minutes
  • 250 g dried yellow split peas
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp lemongrass paste
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 75 g breadcrumbs
  • 1beaten egg
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • salt and pepper
  • Chili oil for frying ( I did not have that so I used vegetable oil)
In a saucepan place yellow split peas and bring to the boil in the stock.
Reduce and simmer for 20 minutes, stir occasionally until peas are soft and sticky.
Take the pan off the heat, add the lemongrass paste and chili powder and mash them and leave to cool
Once coll stir in the breadcrumbs, beaten egg, lemon juice, coriander, salt and pepper to taste. Then leave to cool again
Scoop out enough mixture to shape a small sausage shape. Gently fry these in frying pan until golden brown and serve while warm.
The croquettes themselves are rather nice, perfect picnic material, shame that it was raining on and off, last Saturday when the Beer & Jazz festival was in full swing. Croquettes had to be devored some place dryer, on that occasion.

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