POTAJE DE CHICHAROS - Cuban Split Pea soup
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 package split peas
  • 1/2 LB carrots
  • 1/2 LB celery
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1 LB ham
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 Tbs. chopped cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pick and clean the split peas. Peal the carrots; cut them in thin strips
  2. lengthwise, then cut them across to dice about 1/4 inch in size. Wash the
  3. celery stalks. Cut them just like you did the carrots. Do the same to the
  4. potato. Dice the ham in half inch cubes.
  5. In a large pot bring the water to a boil. Add the remaining ingredients.
  6. Bring again to a boil, then lower to simmer. Simmer until the desire
  7. doneness of the split peas is achieved. Some people prefer them puree others
  8. with a little more consistency to them. I like them "lumpy" and tender but not puree.