Split Pea Kasha
It can replace mashed potatoes on your menu.
1 cup dried yellow split peas
1 teaspoon of baking soda (or 2 teaspoons baking powder)
Half teaspoon salt
2 oz butter
Place the peas into a bowl. Pour over enough water to cover the peas by about an inch.
Add the soda or baking powder.
Stir and set aside for 20-30 minutes.
Transfer the peas into a colander and rinse well.
Place the peas into a thick-bottomed pan.
Add 2 cups of water and put on the stove.
As soon as it starts boiling, skim off the foam.
Turn the heat down to very low.
Add the salt.
Cook for 35-45 minutes stirring periodically.
Take off the stove. Add the butter, cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
Stir well before serving.
This kasha will have softened whole peas, while the pea puree would have a uniform consistency.