My kids and I absolutely love this soup. In fact, my picky teen has requested this be a weekly addition.
It's creamy, filled with yellow split peas, carrots, corn, and flour dumplings that my youngest son always volunteers to help me make. Unlike his mother, he likes getting his hands filled with flour goo. For some reason, whenever I mention dumpling, most people think I mean chinese dumplings, however, these dumplings have no fillings in them, it's a simple flour mixture. It can also be made with cornmeal instead of the flour. But, my kids and I like the flour only dumplings so that is what I make. It's totally optional but so missed when it's not there.
For me, soup is best with flour dumplings, it's how I grew up eating soup. Sometimes, the soup was filled with different yams, and even plantains. The next day it's even thicker and more filling and still full of all it's texture and taste.
Make this a weekly rotation and you won't be disappointed.
Here's the recipe:
2 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp garlic minced
1 carrot chopped
1 celery chopped
1 cup corn, frozen
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 cup yellow split peas
2 sprigs thyme
1 (15 oz can) coconut milk
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup flour
3 cups water + 2 cups
1 Tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp salt
1. Heat oil in a large pot, over medium heat.
2. Saute onions, garlic, and celery until onions are softened.
3. Add split peas, thyme, and stir.
4. Add 3 cups water, cilantro, vegetable stock, and bring to a boil.
5. Once boiling, lower heat to a simmer and let cook until split peas are soft. (Make flour dumplings now if using)
6. Add coconut milk, and the extra 2 cups water.
7. Add carrots.
8. Add salt to taste. I used 1 tsp.
9. Once carrots are cooked, you can choose to remove and pulse some or all of the split peas in a blender if you don't want too much texture. (Add flour dumplings after blending, if using)
10. Add corn.
Flour Dumplings (optional)
1. Add 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 cup water.
2. Mix until combined and make into small balls. Add a handful more flour if needed to prevent stickiness.
3. Add dumplings to soup after you have blended split peas. They take about 4-5 minutes to cook.