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Crockpot Vegan Yellow Split Pea Soup

This Crockpot Vegan Yellow Split Pea Soup is made with yellow split peaspotatoes, and curry spices giving you a healthy twist on a traditional split pea soup!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword crockpot split pea soup, yellow split pea dal, yellow split pea soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 370kcal
Author Gina Marie


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup yellow split peas
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled & chopped (or 1 large russet potato)
  • 32 ounce vegetable stock (or broth)
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup full fat can coconut milk
  • ½ medium squeeze lime (or lemon)


  • Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add onions to the skillet and cook until softened for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add ALL spices to skillet, stirring and fully coating onions for about 60 seconds. Remove from heat and transfer cooked onions into slow cooker.
  • In addition to your seasoned onions, add in yellow split peas, potatoes, water, broth (stock), coconut milk, and squeezed lime into the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on high for 5- 6 hours until peas are tender or 7-8 hours on low. You can check midway to adjust seasonings to your liking. Your peas will "split" and your soup will be of a puree texture.
  • Once done serve with your choice of rice, naan bread, or additional veggies.



  • I have used Chana Dal instead of yellow split peas for this recipe and it worked out perfectly. Chana Dal holds it shape more than yellow split peas.  Use that in your soup if you prefer more texture. Read Difference between Chana Dal & Yellow Split Peas to learn more.
  • To save time on all the spices, outside of the salt and pepper, you can use a store-bought curry powder. If you go this route, the flavor profile will be different depending on the brand you use. You would need to taste test this as you go. 
  • Sweet potatoes or carrots can substitute for white potatoes.
  • Russet potatoes can be substituted for golden potatoes or even red potatoes.  
  • Feel free to add green additional veggies to this soup like spinach or kale. NOTE: If doing this add in during the last hour of your cook time in your slow cooker.
  • I would NOT substitute the coconut milk as it really helps bring out the flavors of the dish. Use full-fat can coconut milk not the one in a jug. 
  • Leftovers keep covered in the refrigerator 3 to 4 days and can be frozen for up to 1 month in an airtight covered container or large freezer bag. 


Serving: 1.5cup | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 1515mg | Potassium: 1049mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 576IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 5mg