- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 1 medium carrot, diced into small cubes
- 1 celery stick, diced into cubes
- 4–5 cloves garlic, diced finely
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon paprika powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin powder (I love this organic spice brand)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper
- 2 cups yellow split peas (rinsed well)
- 1/2 cup chopped tinned tomatoes
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1.75 L vegetable stock ( I used 7 x 250 ml cups + 3 vegetable stock cubes)
- To serve: chopped chives or scallions, extra lemon and yoghurt (optional)
- Press the Sauté key on the Instant Pot (it should say Normal, 30 mins). Add the olive oil, onion, carrot and celery and cook for 4 minutes, stirring a few times.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Cancel the Sauté function by pressing Keep Warm/Cancel button.
- Place and lock the lid, make sure the steam releasing handle is pointing to Sealing. Press Manual (High Pressure) and adjust to 10 minutes. After 3 beeps the pressure cooker will start going.
- Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release for 4-5 minutes and then use the quick release method before opening the lid.
- Serve with chopped chives or scallions and extra lemon on the side. A dollop of full-fat natural yoghurt or coconut yoghurt (or other vegan option) is gorgeous when stirred in.
Split peas: I used yellow split peas in this recipe but green split peas or any type of lentils will work just as well in this dish. You can pre-soak the split peas for a few hours in warm salted water, which helps to make legumes a little easier to digest. For speed sake, I simply rinsed the split peas really well under cold water.
Stock: I used water and vegetable stock cubes but you are welcome to use pre-made stock or even broth. I like this dish as a thick soup/stew consistency but if you prefer a slightly thinner soup-like dish, add a little more stock to the pot. Some people like to puree a lentil or split pea soup, but I love it just as is so I can see some of those beautiful veggies and tomatoes Plus, you get a bit more fibre that way.