Soup is one of my favorite things to eat at night for dinner, it’s warm, satisfying and completely fills me up if it has the right ingredients. Incorporating all 6 tastes in a meal is one little trick that can help you eat less and this Coconut Split Pea Soup does just that! In Ayurvedic Medicine (a form of ancient alternative Indian medicine), they teach that all 6 tastes – sweet, bitter, salty, pungent, sour, and astringent, should be eaten at every meal for us to feel fully satisfied and to ensure that all major food groups and nutrients are represented. I incorporate this principle in the way I eat each day and also emphasize it in our Meal Plans for Health Program that we launched last month (check it out if you are looking for an easy weight-loss inspired meal plan to follow!)
- 2 cups yellow split peas
- 8 cups water
- 2 medium carrots diced
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or ghee
- 8 green onions (scallions), thinly sliced (divided in half)
- ⅓ cup currants (or raisins)
- ⅓ cup tomato paste
- 1 14-ounce can of organic coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- one small handful cilantro, chopped
- Soak split peas overnight,
- Rinse split peas until the water runs clear,
- Toast curry powder on dry skillet until it is fragrant (don't burn it!),
- Place split peas in a crockpot with water, carrots, ginger, toasted curry powder, coconut oil, 4 green onions sliced, currants, tomato paste and salt,
- Let the soup cook in crockpot on high for at least 4-6 hours,
- Add coconut milk and cook for another 30 mins,
- Serve soup with a sprinkling of green onions and cilantro.
If you are wondering more about the healing Ayurvedic way of eating, check out this chart produced by the Deepak Chopra Center below – you can refer to it as you build your recipes to make sure you are creating a very satisfying meal. If you are trying to reduce cravings or the feeling of being unfulfilled after your daily meals, incorporating the 6 tastes might just do the trick. A side benefit of this method is you will likely end up eating less than you would have otherwise. I definitely have noticed this and I hope you experience the same benefits!
If you know someone who would enjoy knowing about the 6 tastes, please share this post with them…especially if you notice they have an unvaried or bland diet or eat too much!
Hope you enjoy the soup,