If you’ve ever wondered what to do with yellow split peas besides soup, we’ve got a tasty and easy recipe that you’ll love. These Indian-inspired Split Pea Fritters make a delicious lunch or dinner if you’re in the mood for something a little different that your taste buds will enjoy.
What is a Pulse?
Before we get into our yellow split pea recipe, let’s discuss the origin of the main ingredient a bit. As you may recall from some of our previous posts, “pulse” is an international term for legumes such as lentils, beans, dry peas, and chickpeas. These are all nutritional powerhouses that are easy and cheap to grow, and they’re also real food of course!
Pulse Awareness in the US
So, since the UN declared 2016 as the International Year of the Pulse, we’ve been partnering with USA Pulses and Pulse Canada to help create awareness and encourage people to incorporate more pulses into their everyday diets. This could help with many food-related issues around the world, so it’s truly a win-win for everyone!
This recipe is easy, quick, costs pennies to make, and produces DELICIOUS fritters. It made enough for two people to have two meals of them. So good!
How Can Learn More About Pulses?
Personally, this topic hits very close to home. During my trip to visit family in India last year, I saw many different forms of pulses – more than I ever realized were available – while perusing the street bazaars.
In fact, most every meal I ate there included at least one pulse. In addition, I recently learned what an economically important crop this is for farmers in my father’s home country. We’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – you vote with your dollars, and it’s important to know the facts before you buy.
Is it Different than a Falafel?
So on the topic of India, I have another Indian-themed recipe for you to try. This is kind of similar to falafel but utilizes yellow split peas, which are rich in dietary fiber and protein. I like them because they are a plant-based protein source, bite-sized, and also fairly inexpensive (and easy!) to make. Oh, and did I mention that they are pretty yummy, too? :)
What to Serve with Yellow Split Pea Fritters
I like to serve these with a chutney or yogurt sauce, or you could even throw them in a wrap, nestled in with some fresh vegetables. They could also make a unique topping for a salad. No matter how you eat them, you can’t go wrong!
Other Pulse Recipes
But, rather than just telling you to eat more pulses, we thought we’d show you how to do just that with a series of easy and tasty recipes.
- Indian-themed Spinach Chana Dal
- Shrimp and Lettuce Wraps
- Breakfast Cookies made with Chickpea Flour (a family favorite)
More Fritter Recipe Ideas
- Smoked Trout and Buttermilk Fritters
- Carrot Fritters with Yogurt Sauce
- Tex-Mex Corn Fritters + Black Bean Salad
Let me know if you try this or any of our other recipes from this pulses series.