Curried Split Pea Stew

Even friends who claim to detest split peas will crave this dish when served as suggested!

INGREDIENTS:

* ½ stick of  organic butter or favorite replacement

* 2 tablespoons good curry powder

* 1 large sweet onion, chopped

* 4 medium carrots, chopped

* 4 stalks celery, chopped

* 3 cups cooked split peas

* 3 cups water

* 28 oz crushed tomatoes

* 2 teaspoons real salt

* ½ teaspoon fresh black pepper

* 1 cup half-and-half

DIRECTIONS:

1.      Sauté the first five ingredients in a Dutch oven or large stew pot until the onions turn translucent.

2.      Add the next five ingredients.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Turn heat to low.

3.      Add the half-and-half and heat through just prior to serving.  Adjust seasonings if necessary.  Sometimes I will end-up adding more curry and salt in this step and sometimes it seems just fine.  I think it depends on the freshness of the curry and whether or not I salted the split peas as they cooked!

4.      Serve over Baked Rice and with generous dollops of Raita on top!

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