I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy recipes, and since I try to eat plant-based as often as I can, this is another factor that I look for. Today’s recipe is a vegan split pea recipe that comes together rather easily. The key is remembering to soak your yellow split peas a minimum of 4 hours in advance of making these vegetarian fritters, and in the end you’ll have a versatile vegan recipe that has known to be enjoyed by carnivores as well!

Vegetarian Fritters - a split pea recipe

What are yellow split peas?

Split peas are a field pea and differ from lentils. They are dried and peeled and come in a yellow and green color. Split peas are high in protein, low in fat, and a wonderful source of fiber. They are often used in Indian cooking and are a natural, plant-based food that are the basis of many dals.

Vegetarian Fritters - a split pea recipe

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Vegetarian Fritters - a split pea recipe
Vegetarian Fritters: A split pea recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Soaking time for split peas
4 hrs

Vegetarian fritters made of just 5 ingredients with a base of split peas. Delicious served with a yogurt sauce or even ketchup.

Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 250 kcal
Author: Kiran
  • 1 cup yellow split peas soaked for a minimum of 4 hours
  • 1 onion medium, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic peeled & chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee for cooking
  1. Soak yellow split peas for a minimum of 4 hours. Drain and rinse.

  2. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until combined.

  3. Heat 1 - 2 teaspoons of oil or ghee in a skillet. Scoop a spoonful of mixture into your hand and form into a loose ball. Add to pan and flatten with a spatula. Be careful not to overcrowd.

  4. Cook until golden brown, approximately 3 minutes, flip and repeat until cooked on the other side. Serve with a yogurt sauce, in a pita or even atop a salad.

Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Fritters: A split pea recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 446mg19%
Potassium 537mg15%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 3.4mg4%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Can I substitute green split peas for yellow peas?

You should be able to substitute them without problems.

Do I need to soak the yellow split peas?

Yes. Do not skip this step. Because you aren’t pre-cooking them, this will get them to a soft consistency that will grind nicely in the food processor. They need to soak for a minimum of 4 hours, but I often leave them longer.

How to serve vegetarian fritters?

We sometimes serve them with a yogurt sauce fancied up with some spices and cucumber, but you can also serve them with chutney or even ketchup as my kids like to eat them. 🙂

Vegetarian Fritters Made with Split Peas

If you are looking for another split pea recipe, don’t forget to try my split pea soup with kale (shown below). Oh, and you also don’t want to miss this falafel recipe! Lastly, let me know if you get a chance to make these vegetarian fritters! 🙂 


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