Yellow Split Pea Coconut Breakfast Porridge

Pulses are eaten for breakfast in many cultures around the world, but it’s rare to see peas on a breakfast menu in the U.S. This recipe will change that! Savory split yellow peas are paired with rich coconut milk for a satisfying porridge that makes for a great way to start your day.

This recipe comes to us from our friends at USA Pulses.

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Serves 5

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (optional)
  • 1 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large or 4 small carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons grated or minced ginger (or ½ teaspoon ground ginger)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow split peas
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (canned, not boxed)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice


Heat the coconut oil in a Dutch oven or a medium sized pot over medium high heat. Add the mustard seeds, if using, and allow them to cook until they start to pop. Stir in the onion and carrots. Saute the vegetables for 8-10 minutes, or until they’re very soft and the onions are clear, adding a tablespoon or two of water if the vegetables start to stick. Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Add the split peas and water and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover.

Cook for 35-40 minutes, or until the split peas are tender. Check the split peas a few times to stir them and make sure they’re not sticking to the bottom of the pot; if they’re very thick, stir in a half cup of water.

Once the split peas are very tender, stir in the coconut milk and lime juice. Check seasoning and adjust salt, pepper, lime juice, and turmeric to taste. Serve with rice and toppings of choice.

Leftover porridge will keep for up to 6 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

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Nutrition Information

Yellow Split Pea Coconut Breakfast Porridge

Servings per Recipe: 5

Amount per Serving

Calories:  270

Calories from Fat:  45

Total Fat:  5g

Saturated Fat:  4g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  260mg

Carbohydrates:  42g

Dietary Fiber:  6g

Protein:  15g

Sugars:  7g

Vitamin C:  4%

Calcium:  15%

Iron:  15%

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