South African Split Pigeon Pea Soup-3 main ingredients only

I was away for a month in South Africa volunteering with lions (Excuse for not blogging regularly) Had the most amazing time of my life :D. Got to do lot of adventure activities-one of which was cage diving with sharks at Gaansbaai , Cape town.

It was a freezing cold day and had to jump into the water, do up-down up-down like 200 times, it was exhausting. Back on shore, the tour company that took us into the ocean had this vegetable soup ready to warm us up. No offence – I thought Australia was the biggest meat eating country. I was wrong. It is South Africa. Finding vegan food is a challenge there :P. Anyways, I did my normal questioning with the ladies there – Any chicken stock,butter, cream blah blah blah? The lady who made the soup said it had only lentils, potato and carrots. NOTHING ELSE. I had a mouthful of the soup and man, it was the best soup I have ever had. Got the recipe from the ladies.


  • Split pigeon pea-1/2 cup soaked in hot water for 30 mins and boil until its mushy
  • Carrot grated-1
  • Potato grated-2



  • Add all the ingredients, lower the heat and cook on low flame for like 40 mins. Keep adding water to retain the soup consistency
  • Add salt and pepper and that’s it 🙂 Yummy soup. No oil or stock.
  • Deepa of Spice Rack blog had added a green mango for sourness. You could do that too 🙂

14 thoughts on “South African Split Pigeon Pea Soup-3 main ingredients only

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my posts!
    I am trying out your soup recipe today and will let you know the final outcome!!

      • Thanks Charanya!

        I am happy to report that the soup was a big hit! I just added a green mango to the broth while boiling!
        Thanks again for the lovely recipe!


      • You are welcome Deepa 🙂

        You are so creative. I love sourness in my food. Didn’t know how to add it in the soup. Genius 🙂 I will add a note to the recipe

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