Yellow Split Pea Fritters

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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!

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!

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. 

The first three were: Indian-themed Spinach Chana Dal, Shrimp and Lettuce Wraps, and (a family favorite) Breakfast Cookies made with Chickpea Flour. And today you’ll find Yellow Split-Pea Fritters below.

I also encourage you to find out more about pulses and their value worldwide by clicking here and then taking the pledge to incorporate more pulses into your diet.

Yellow Split Pea Fritters on 100 Days of Real Food

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.

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? :)

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!

Yellow Split Pea Fritters

Similar to falafel, these split pea fritters are a plant-based protein source, bite-sized, and also fairly inexpensive (and easy!) to make.
4.2 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 4 hrs
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 4 hrs 15 mins
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Servings: 14 fritters


  • 1 cup yellow split peas soaked 4+ hours
  • 1 onion medium, chopped
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • avocado oil or olive oil, for shallow frying


  • Soak yellow split peas for a minimum of 4 hours. Drain and rinse.
  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined.
  • Heat 1 – 2 teaspoons oil in a skillet. Scoop a spoonful of mixture into your hand and form into a loose ball. Add to pan and flatten with a spatula. Be careful not to overcrowd.
  • Cook until golden brown, approximately 3 minutes, flip and repeat until cooked on the other side.


Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Yellow Split Pea Fritters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 54 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 128mg6%
Potassium 158mg5%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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59 thoughts on “Yellow Split Pea Fritters”

      1. I will be trying this yellow split pee fritteres later this week or later today even thanks for. Posting.

  1. 5 stars
    I made quadrupled this recipe to use up a bag of yellow split peas. I didn’t feel like partying them so I laid them in a pan and browned them. Almost like you would hamburger.
    VERY VERY delicious. Froze some for other dishes.

  2. 2 stars
    My kids and I didn’t enjoy these. They had a bit of a *bitter* flavor (perhaps due to the uncooked beans?). I soaked for around 8 hours. Too bad, they were quick and easy.

    1. These turned out great, kids and I loved them. I cooked the onions before hand as I don’t like the raw onion taste in patties and fritters. Will be adding them to the regular meal plan!

  3. Thank you for this recipe! I added some shredded cheddar cheese to mix before cooking them. They were delicious and I used them as a meat substitute on top of spaghetti.

    1. Love, love this recipe. I make it all the time now. I eat them for breakfast with a couple of fried eggs.
      I wonder if green split peas would work similarly or any other pulse or bean?

      1. 100 Days Admin

        While we have not tried that, some of our readers have successfully made them with green split peas! – Nicole

      2. 1 star
        Had to add an egg and 1/4 cup of bread crumbs to bind it. Also needs very little oil to cook, wouldn’t fry these. Also had to add waaaay more spices to flavor it.

    1. I was going to ask the same thing. I don’t see why you couldn’t line a baking sheet and bake them instead of frying them. I’ll give it a try tonight and let you know

    2. A great use of yellow split peas. Absolutely delicious and so similar to authentic falafel. Do easy and tasty. Served with flat bread, guacamole, white bean puree and salad. And a squeeze of lime xx

  4. 5 stars
    I love this recipe,it is easy, healthy and delicious. I added few hot peppers and served them with homemade tahini sauce.p

  5. 5 stars
    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. We topped them with mango chutney and unsweetened cashew yogurt that I mixed with grated cucumber, cumin and a little salt (I won’t call it raita but it’s inspired by that). So good! Thank you for a great recipe that I will use again and again.

  6. I would think you can still make them. maybe chopping things really fine as if you were doing a chopped salad and adding some sort of biding agent such as egg or some flour. Texture might be different but might still work. Good luck!

    1. I was thinking of mixing with cornmeal……and spices other than listed…. experiment a bit as we’ve never had yellow split peas. It will take a lot of convincing to get my family to try something different so I need to go with known likes.
      I’m thinking of a sort of Southern hush puppy like thing…. wish me luck!

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