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african-pea-soup recipe

Date:    Sun, 13 Feb 94 21:21:23 EST
 From:    "Elisabeth." (eac9m@poe.acc.virginia.edu)
 This recipe is adapted from _Sundays at Moosewood_.
 2 cups chopped onion
 2 tsp minced garlic
 1 tsp grated fresh peeled ginger
 1 tsp salt
 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
 1 tbsp homemade garam masala, which we happened to have on hand, OR
 	1/2 tsp ground black pepper
 	1 tsp ground coriander seeds
 	1 tsp ground cumin seeds
 	1/4 tsp ground cardamom
 	1/8 tsp ground cloves
 	1/4 tsp cinnamon
 	1 tsp turmeric (I don't like it and didn't use it, but Moosewood does)
 2 tomatoes, chopped
 1 sweet potato, diced
 3 1/2 cups water
 3 cups fresh green peas (took me 45 minutes to shell them!)
 braise/deglaze onions and garlic in a pot for 5-10 minutes.  mix in the 
 ginger, salt, and all spices and cook for a few minutes, stirring often.
 add tomatoes and sweet potato, stir. add 1 1/2 cups of water, stir. bring
 soup to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.  add 2 cups of
 the peas and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.  remove from heat and add 
 remaining 2 cups of water.  puree in batches in a blender until smooth.
 return to the pot, add the last cup of peas, and cook on medium heat
 for 3-5 minutes.
 kwvegan vegan