Cook's Hideout: Thai Style Split Pea Soup

November 26, 2011

Thai Style Split Pea Soup

Bowl of hot soup is such a comforting meal on a chilly winter day. I'm not a big fan of soup, but this split pea soup is so hearty and delicious that I went back for seconds. Original recipe is from Culinate. To make it perfect for a weeknight dinner, I pressure cooked the split peas making it a perfect one-pot meal that can be made in less than 30 minutes. I also used ready made tom-yum paste that a dear friend gave me. But I have included the recipe for spice paste at the end.

Recipe adapted from Culinate:
Split Peas - 2cups
Onion - 1 medium, minced
Carrot - 1 large, cubed
Garlic cloves - 3, minced
Coconut milk - 1 16oz. can
Tom yum paste - 2tbsp
Spinach - 2-3 cups, roughly chopped 
Cilantro - 1/2 cup, chopped
Salt - to taste

  • Heat 2tsp oil in a pressure cooker/ large sauce pan. Add onion and garlic and cook until they begin to brown, 3-4 minutes.
  • Next add carrots and cook for few more minutes until softened a little bit.
  • Add the split peas, coconut milk, 4 cups of water and tom yum paste and salt. Cover the pressure cooker and cook for 3-4 whistles. If cooking in open pot, bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat; cover and cook for 45mins - 1hour, until split peas are completely soft.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro and chopped spinach.
  • Serve hot.

Tom Yum Paste:
Lemon grass - 4tbsp, roughly chopped from 2-3 lemon grass ribs
Garlic - 5 cloves
Ginger or galangal - 1 thumb size
Fresh red chili - 1 (or use cayenne)
Coriander leaves & Stems - 1/2 cup
Vegetable oil - 1tbsp
Soy sauce - 1tbsp
Lime juice - 1/4 cup
Palm sugar/ brown sugar - 3 heaping tsp
Spring onions - 2-3

  • Process all the ingredients to a smooth paste. This paste can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or in the freezer for couple of months.
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for Day 4 of BM# 10.



  1. What an amazing looking soup! I want some!

  2. Very pretty picture Pavani..the bowl looks so clear!

  3. love thai food and that definitely looks delicious.

  4. Delicious and filling soup.Nice clicks...

  5. ovley picture and yummy soup. thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow wat a comforting and super filling flavourful soup.

  7. nice and healthy, didnt know of thai variety

  8. Perfect for this weather. cliks are bright:)

  9. Pavani this is so the flavors..

  10. soup are always healthy and this one is a sure winetr warmer. loved it

  11. Healthy and yummy soup, Pavani..nice clicks

  12. very comforting soup :-) Do link to my Global Food Fest event if you wish so..

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    Event Ends 30th Nov: Flavours of China


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