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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Yellow Split Peas With Curry Sauce

Yellow Split Peas Fritters with Curry Sauce

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.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: curry, fritters, split pea
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 fritters
Calories: 956kcal


Split Peas Fritters

  • 1 cup yellow split peas soaked overnight or for at least 4 hours
  • 1 small onion chopped finely
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves chopped finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Curry Sauce

  • Coconut oil for light frying
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 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.
  • Transfer to a large bowl, add onion, garlic, cilantro, turmerc, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper a salt and stir to fully combine.
  • 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.
  • Serve immediately with curry sauce, recipe instructions below.

Curry Sauce

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


Calories: 956kcal | Carbohydrates: 148g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2963mg | Potassium: 2650mg | Fiber: 57g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 2369IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 12mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Your recipes look and sound fabulous. I am responding because I want to receive any new posts regarding your recipes.

  2. 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.

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

      1. 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.

          1. 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.

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

          3. I only made the sauce so far, it’s delicious! One question? It calls for a tablespoon of cilantro, when do I add it?

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

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

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

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