East African Sweet Pea Soup

Sweet Pea Soup
Sweet Pea Soup

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
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, stir 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.

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