Pigeon Peas Soup

A hearty and flavorful soup filled with pigeon peas just like granny used to make it.

Pigeon Peas Soup: A deliciously hearty Caribbean soup filled with pigeon peas and various ground provisions #HomeMadeZagat

There are some soups that just makes you smile when you put that first spoon in your mouth. Each spoon filled with a deep, flavorful broth, and topped with dumplings, meat (optional) and a host of ground provision. And this pigeon peas soup does not miss that mark. Everything you want in a soup whether it's cold winter or not.

I've mentioned before that in my house growing up it was "Soup Saturday". EVERY Saturday. My Dad would head out early to the market and pick up stuff and come back and the process of "soup making" would start. Trini's just love soup I guess, there's Saturday soup (kinda like everything but the kitchen sink kinda thing), corn soup, pigeon peas soup, callaloo soup, split pea soup, carrot soup, fish soup. I think once it's edible, we gonna "soup" it.

Pigeon Peas Soup: A deliciously hearty Caribbean soup filled with pigeon peas and various ground provisions #HomeMadeZagat

"Stuff" include what West Indians call "ground provision". These are just what generally call vegetables that grow encased in the ground and have to be dug up to be eaten. This includes sweet potatoes (aka yams in some US grocery stores), cassava (yuca). We also call plantains and breadfruits ground provision even though they are not grown in the ground.

Ground provisions are a very big part of a Caribbean meal. They are incorporated into dishes, used to make their own dishes or just served alongside meats. Yes, just some stewed chicken and a host of boiled ground provisions.

Pigeon Peas Soup: A deliciously hearty Caribbean soup filled with pigeon peas and various ground provisions #HomeMadeZagat

In this soup ground provision makes up half of the dish. You can use any ground provision you like. I am not a big fan of green banana so there is none in there. I had sweet potato, plantain, Irish (Idaho) potato on hand and they worked perfectly.

But my most favorite part of any soup is the dumplings. Plain old flour dumplings. roughly rolled and soaking in some of that flavorful broth!! Yummy!!

Dumplings, Pigeon Peas Soup

All these flavors just really create a great soup that works perfectly on a cold day or even great on a hot day. Pigeon peas are one of those type of those peas that I think is just naturally sweet in flavor.

Recipe for making Pigeon Peas soup

So it makes this dish so sweet that you would probably have to go through a few bowls of this yourself.

And please, DO NOT forget those dumplings. Ever!!!


What is your favorite soup? I honestly think pigeon peas is my winner. Let me know in the comments.


yield: Serves 4print recipe

Pigeon Peas Soup

A deliciously, hearty Caribbean soup filled with pigeon peas and various ground provisions.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 45 MINStotal time: 60 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For Dumplings
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water
For Soup
  • 1 1/2 cups pigeon peas
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch chive
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup diced pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup diced yam/sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup diced idaho potato
  • 1/4 cup diced carrots
  • 1/4 cup diced plantain (optional)
  • 4 cups stock
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 hot pepper
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or 3 tablespoons coconut powder)
  • 2 stalks fresh thyme
  • 4 cloves

INSTRUCTIONS:

For Dumplings
  1. Add water to flour and mix
  2. Separate into small balls or long thick logs
For Soup
  1. *If using dried pigeon peas, boil peas with garlic until soft and set aside*
  2. Heat a deep pot, add oil and saute onions and garlic until translucent
  3. Add celery, thyme, chive to pot and saute
  4. Add and saute pumpkin and carrots
  5. Add pigeon peas to pot and incorporate (mix about a minute)
  6. Add cloves, pepper, coconut milk and stock
  7. Bring to a boil and leave to simmer for about 30 minutes
  8. Add dumplings
  9. When dumplings have floated to top add sugar and salt and pepper to taste
  10. Serve hot
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