Steamed yellow split pea snack

Sev khamani - yellow split peaBorn and raised as a vegetarian, dishes made from lentils were always a part of my daily meal. Lentils are basically tiny dried split beans packed with protein, the major source of protein for vegetarians. Variety of lentils are routinely cooked in the form of boiled spicy soup (daal) served with rice or bread in various forms across India. However in Gujarat – a state in western India lentils are cooked in unique way which involves steaming the crushed or sometimes fermented lentils.

sev khamani - yellow split pea salad

This recipe is inspired from a similar spicy tea time snack known as ‘sev  khamani’ very popular in Gujarat. The traditional recipe requires slow-cooking of the presoaked and crushed yellow split pea with milk or water and oil. I have modified the recipe to reduce the cooking time, amount of oil and to make it vegan friendly.

Picture3Believe me it is not as laborious as it sounds, it takes long to presoak the split pea but the actual physical work involved in negligible.

Steamed yellow split pea snack


  • 1 cup Yellow split pea
  • Water (divided: for presoaking and steaming splitpea)
  • 1/4 cup Cashew (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Rasins (soaked in water)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Garlic
  • Mustard seeds (Optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Oil


1. Transfer the yellow split pea in a large bowl and add water to completely cover the peas. Soak the split pea in water for 8-10 hours.
2. Crush the pea in a food processor with half of the water used for pre-soaking.
3. Transfer the crushed pea to a steamer and steam on high for 20-30 minutes.
4. Let the steamed pea cool down and cut the steamed mixture in to random pieces. Grate each piece or crush in a food processor.
5. Heat oil on a pan and add mustard seeds (optional). When the mustard seeds starts popping add cashew and raisin. Cook them until cashews are brown and toasted and add crushed steamed pea mixture.
6. Add one cup of water and cook until the water evaporates. Add salt, sugar, lemon juice and crushed garlic.
7. Serve warm.

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7 Responses to Steamed yellow split pea snack

  1. Lovely pics! And delicious and healthy snack! :)

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  3. Kankana says:

    This is a new recipe to me but sounds like something I would love to eat!

  4. Julia says:

    Awesome recipe Charul! Looks delicious! What restaurant have you had the best split pea dishes? Remember to add it to your Besty List!