Sunday, February 17, 2008

Bad Weather, Good Soup

It got cold here! (I want to say that it's not fair, but whatever, it's February.) So I made soup, and it's one of the best soups that I've made in a loooooooong time. Not so pretty, but that's just how it goes sometimes.

1 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 T oil
1 medium onion, sliced
1 Thai chile, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried split peas
1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
2 small white potatoes, peeled and chopped
Put the mustard seeds and cumin seeds in a large pot over medium heat. Do not add oil. Toast seeds for about 3 minutes, until they develop a nutty smell and begin to pop. Add oil, onion, chile, and salt, and saute for 2 more minutes. Add peas and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and white potatoes and cook 15 minutes more until peas and potatoes are tender. Add seasonings to taste. Fabulous!


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