Yellow split pea stew with dried Persian lime (vegetarian Khoresh Gheymeh)


This recipe is a vegetarian / vegan version of the well known Persian stew called Khoresh Gheymeh which usually contains lamb meet (gheymeh means minced meat and koresh means stew).

It is very easy to prepare and also a tasty and healthy way to eat legumes.

You can serve this dish with Persian rice (see this recipe for instance) or by itself.


Yellow split pea stew with dried Persian lime (vegetarian Khoresh Gheymeh)

Servings 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour


  • 300 g yellow split peas
  • 4 black Iranian lemons – you can find these lemons called loumi, in oriental grocery stores – if you can’t find them, replace them with 1.5 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 2 medium onions or 1 large
  • 3 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp saffron
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder optional
  • ¼ tsp coriander powder optional


  • Chop the onions and fry them in a large pot with a little olive oil.
  • When the onions become translucent, add the tomato sauce, turmeric (and possibly the other spices), mix well and leave to fry for 2/3 minutes over low heat.
  • Rinse the split peas and add them to the pot.
  • Cover with water (up to 1 cm above the ingredients).
  • Pierce the lemons with a pick to make several small holes and add them to the mixture.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for about 40 minutes.
  • While the split peas are cooking, prepare the potatoes. Rinse them and cut them into medium-sized sticks. Place them in an ovenproof dish, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and bake at 200°C for 35/40 minutes. Stir 2 or 3 times during cooking.
  • Check from time to time if it is necessary to add water as well as the split peas cooking and mix. The split peas should remain a bit firm, but as they can take a long time to cook, don’t hesitate to taste. If they start to fall apart, they are overcooked.
  • After about 40 minutes, infuse the saffron in a little hot water for 3 minutes and add the saffron water to the mixture.
  • Cook for another 10 minutes, add salt and pepper and taste to adjust the seasoning and cooking.
  • Just before serving, place the French fries on top.


The traditional recipe is prepared with lamb meat or sometimes beef.
If you want, you can add pieces of meat to this recipe. To do this, first fry and pre-cook them, then let the meat and split peas simmer for an hour.
Iranians add fried potatoes on top, sometimes replaced by fried eggplant slices. You can also leave it out.
You can find yellow split peas in bulk stores or oriental grocery stores. If you have trouble finding them, you can always try this recipe with green split peas, which may be easier to find, or even with redlentils. In this case you will have a dish that is close to “dal adas” (see the recipe here).
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Persian

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