Yellow Split Peas Fritters with Curry Sauce

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These delicious Yellow Split Peas Fritters with Curry Sauce are so easy to prepare with a flavorful taste. They are great as an appetizer or light snack.

Yellow Split Peas Fritters with Curry Sauce

I first fell in love with split peas when I was in college. A lady from Guyana, South America would make and sell the most delicious curry chickpeas and roti.

The roti, a kind of Indian flatbread, had a thin layer of seasoned split peas in the middle. It was so delicious that they would be all gone shortly after setting up her meals. This experience started my love for split peas, my Instant Pot Split Pea Soup and stovetop version Split Peas Soup is a family and guests favorite.

What Is A Fritter?

The word batter originates from the French word, Friture which means 'fried thing'. A fritter is made of a sweet or savory batter of fruit or vegetable but it can also be baked.

There are two types of fritters here in the United States, one that is made of a dough batter, like Corn Fritters and one that the fruit or vegetable is dipped in the batter and then fried like apple fritters. 

Yellow Split Peas With Curry Sauce

This dish is similar to Pholourie (a traditional yellow split pea fritter popular in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. It is traditionally served with a tamarind sauce.

It is also similar to dishes served in Asian countries particularly India and Burma, most likely it originated from India and the dish has been modified by Indians who traveled to different parts of the world.

They would alter it based on the local ingredients available. This recipe is my own adapted variation, and should not be confused with any other versions of split pea fritters.

I pan fried mine instead of it being traditionally deep fried. I added spices that I love and the results were phenomenal. Check out my savory Broccoli Fritters and my sweet Banana Fritters recipes.

Yellow Split Peas Fritters

How To Make Fritters?

For this Yellow Split Peas recipe, the split peas are soaked overnight,  drained and rinsed. They are then transferred to a food processor where they are processed into a smooth batter.

Finely chopped onions, garlic, cilantro, and spices. They are formed into discs and fried with a little oil. They are served with a delicious curry sauce.

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52 kcal / 217 kJ
0 g
4 g
9 g
Per 100g

Cooking Time

20 min
30 min
Ready in:
50 min
12 fritters


Split Peas Fritters

Curry Sauce


  1. Make curry sauce and set aside (recipe below). Drain and rinse split peas. Transfer to a food processor and process until it forms a paste.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl, add onion, garlic, cilantro, turmerc, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper a salt and stir to fully combine.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, divide batter and form into balls. Form fritters by flattening balls with the palm of hands. Cook fritters, about 4 at a time for about 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Turn fritters and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Repeat until batter is used up. I also love to cover the skillet for about 2 minutes midway during cooking to make sure the middle of fritters is fully cooked.
  4. Serve immediately with curry sauce, recipe Instructions below.

For The Curry Sauce

  1. Heat oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until soft, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic, ginger, tomato, turmeric, cumin, paprika, coriander and salt, cook stirring for another minute.
  3. Add almond flour and cook stirring for another minute.
  4. Add water and bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly. Pulverize in blender to desired consistency!


Yellow Split Peas Fritters

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Karen
    December 18, 2019

    These were delicious and nice and crispy – I love a good fritter. The texture reminded me of fried bammy.

  2. kmosaabi
    August 26, 2019

    Your recipes look and sound fabulous. I am responding because I want to receive any new posts regarding your recipes.

  3. Timesaflyin
    April 13, 2019

    Michelle, I’m having trouble finding the curry sauce recipe. I did a search on your website but it brought me to the fritter page.

    I have peas soaking and all other ingredients prepared. Hope I can get recipe soon. I’m new to your interesting recipes.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 13, 2019

      Timesaflyin, the curry sauce recipe follows the split peas fritters. It is made from scratch.

      • Timesaflyin
        April 13, 2019

        Well, I do not know how I missed it when I looked earlier except that I was making three other new recipes at the same time. Too busy!

        Thanks for your speedy reply. I’m planning to make these tomorrow.

        • Michelle Blackwood
          April 13, 2019

          I hope you enjoy.

          • Timesaflyin
            April 14, 2019

            I made only half the fritter recipe and added a few slices of chopped jalapeño, 1/2 of a minced carrot, and about a teaspoon of chia seeds.

            Fortunately I made the full recipe for the sauce because I used it all as I ate almost all of the fritters.

          • Michelle Blackwood
            April 15, 2019

            Ahh I’m happy it turned out great. Thank you for your feedback and I love your adjustments.

  4. Charolette
    January 13, 2019

    Do you cook the split peas? I could not find a step where you cook them.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 13, 2019

      No I didn’t, I only soaked them then rinse and process with ingredients. They are similar to how traditional falafel are made.

  5. Vels
    May 11, 2018

    Can you use any type of legume?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 12, 2018

      I bet you can Vels, I only experimented with yellow split peas though. Let me know if another legume worked.

  6. Linda
    January 29, 2018

    I love split pea soup and I can’t wait to wait to try these! Thanks so much!

  7. Maha Khan
    May 4, 2017

    you are great. I like your way of teaching us recipes method.

  8. scarlett g.
    March 26, 2017

    “IF”………… only I had a cook!!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 26, 2017

      Prayers changes everything!

  9. scarlett g.
    March 26, 2017

    TO COMPLETION………Of only I had a cook!!!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 26, 2017

      Scarlett, pray for a cook!

  10. Krysten @ Cooks With Soul
    March 23, 2017

    This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try the recipe!

  11. Jolene Plumpton
    March 23, 2017

    Wow, these are so delicious ?I couldn’t stop eating them! I will definitely make them again.