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Green n' Groovy Vegetarian Split Pea Curry

Submitted by Brian Fabel, WOE 01/13/07

Brian Fabel, NOLS Professional Training Administrative Assistant, is a culinary extraordinaire and recent graduate of a Winter Outdoor Educator course. He says his curry creation was a hit with his winter backcountry coursemates.

Serves 3-4 hungry backcountry skiers (adjust amounts of rice and peas according to activity and time of year!)


1/2 lb rice
1/2 lb dehydrated split peas
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp frozen garlic
1/4 lb frozen vegetables
3 cubes ginger
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp salt


Add 2 parts rice to 1 part boiling water. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until water is evaporated. Remove from heat, cover and let sit.

In a separate pot, add 1 part split peas to 1 part boiled water. Add additional water as needed as the split peas become a thick sauce. Peas should be ready in about 5-7 minutes.

In a frying pan, heat oil and garlic. When garlic starts to brown, add vegetables and ginger, continue to stir-fry until veggies are warm.

Add stir-fried vegetables, cumin, curry and chili powder to the split peas; stir well.

To serve, pour split pea sauce over rice.  Enjoy!!!

Brian’s comments:

If traveling during the spring or summer, substitute dehydrated garlic and veggies for frozen ones and use more water in your stir-fry. 

Without a simmer setting on your stove, alternate between turning the stove off and on every 20-30 seconds or place a windscreen over the stove stand to deflect heat away.

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