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Quick & Easy Split Pea Hummus Dip

January 11, 2019 (Last updated February 19, 2022) · Nicole Triebe

This recipe for split pea hummus is the perfect dip for entertaining or snacking! Creamy and super easy to make, this split pea hummus is too delicious!

Why we love this split pea hummus

This recipe for split pea hummus is the perfect dip for entertaining or snacking! Creamy and super easy to make, this split pea hummus is ready to eat and enjoy in just 25 minutes! Top with sliced tomatoes and crumbled feta, and serve with crusty baguette, pita chips, or your favorite chopped veggies.

Love homemade dip recipes? Check out my caramelized onion dip, beet hummus or creamy spinach and artichoke dip, and other dips here!

What you need to make this hummus recipe

  • A food processor
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil: a good quality olive oil will yield a great hummus flavor! This is what helps make the hummus smooth and creamy, plus the healthy fats help this snack make you feel fuller longer.
  • Split peas: I use dried green split peas. You may use yellow split peas if you prefer.
  • Lemon: make sure to use fresh lemon juice for the best split pea hummus
  • Tahini: use raw and unsalted.
  • Onion and garlic: the key to this flavor packed dip is in the seasoning! flavor into the split pea dip.
  • Seasonings: Cumin powder, salt, black pepper.
  • Water: May be needed to thin the dip.
  • Sesame seeds: for textured garnish
split peas in instantpot

This isn’t like a traditional hummus because it doesn’t include any chickpeas, but it does have tahini, so hence the name.  You can call it whatever you’d like!

What’s the difference between split peas and lentils?

While both are legumes, split peas and lentils come from different varieties of legumes. Split peas are a type of field pea, which is a pea grown specifically for drying, while lentils are their own type of legume, harvested as the seed of the plant and dried.

Split peas are field peas, which are a variety of yellow or green peas grown specifically for drying. When these peas are hulled and then split in half along the natural seam, they become split peas, which allows for faster cooking and eliminates the need to presoak. Split peas can be stored in an airtight container for up to one year.

You may be wondering what the difference is between green peas and split peas. While both are legumes, split peas and lentils come from different varieties of legumes. Split peas are a type of field pea, which is a pea grown specifically for drying, while lentils are their own type of legume, harvested as the seed of the plant and dried.

Do I need to soak my split peas before cooking?

Split peas are high in protein and fiber, and low in fat. There is no need to soak split peas before cooking, and they turn very creamy when cooked through.  I used green split peas for this recipe, but yellow split peas also exist.  Green split peas are sweeter and have less starch than yellow. 

What if I don’t have an Instantpot or pressure cooker?

No need to worry! You can cook the split peas on the stove top, it’s just going to take a bit longer.  In a medium pot, bring the garlic and 3 cups of water to a boil over medium-high heat.  Add the peas and return to a boil.  Cover and reduce the heat and cook for 25 minutes.  Stir in 1/4 tsp salt and cook for another 15 minutes and then drain.

How to make split pea hummus in an Instant Pot

On browning mode, saute onion in Instantpot for 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add salt and split peas and stir, add water. Cover and secure lid, set for 10 minutes on high manual mode.

When cooking time is over, let the pressure come down naturally for 15 minutes. Remove the lid, being careful of the steam.

Stir the cooked split peas, add lemon juice, olive oil, sesame oil, cumin and tahini and salt and pepper to taste. If you like your dip really smooth, pulse in a food processor until desired consistency. Garnish with additional sesame oil and sesame seeds. Serve with veggies or a sliced baguette.

What to dip in hummus

The possibilities are endless when it comes to dipping! Here are a few ideas to get you started

Pretzels

Tasty vegetables – slice up your favorite veggies and dip away! Think celery, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, radishes, and grape tomatoes!

Crackers or chips

Pita bread or Pita chips

Rice Cakes.

Veggie Straws

You can also use it as a spread over toast, layer on sandwiches, pita, and wraps, etc.

FAQ and Expert Tips

If you have leftovers, store the homemade hummus in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

If allergic, you can substitute cashew butter for tahini

The key to super creamy split pea hummus is overcooking the split peas, so don’t skimp on the cooking time!

Hope you enjoyed this fun twist on traditional hummus!

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Quick & Easy Split Pea Hummus Dip

  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This recipe for split pea hummus is the perfect dip for entertaining or snacking!

Creamy and super easy to make, this split pea hummus is ready to eat and enjoy

in just 25 minutes! Top with sliced tomatoes and crumbled feta, and serve with

crusty baguette, pita chips, or your favorite chopped veggies


Ingredients

Scale

1/2 onion, diced

1 cup dried green split peas

2 cups water

2 garlic cloves, diced

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbl lemon juice

1 tbl tahini

1/4 tsp ground cumin

1 tbl sesame oil

1 tsp salt

Additional salt and pepper to taste


Instructions

On browning mode, saute onion in Instantpot for 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes.  Add salt and split peas and stir, add water.  Cover and secure lid, set for 10 minutes on high manual mode.

When cooking time is over, let the pressure come down naturally for 15 minutes.  Remove the lid, being careful of the steam.

Stir the peas, add lemon juice, olive oil, sesame oil,  cumin and tahini and salt and pepper to taste.  If you like your dip really smooth, pulse in a food processor until desired consistency.  Garnish with additional sesame oil and sesame seeds.  Serve with veggies or a sliced baguette.

Keywords: split pea; hummus; dips

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3 Comments

  • Reply Renee February 3, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    YUM!
    I made this today to take as a healthier option for a Super Bowl Party. It’s delicious. I don’t know if I’ll be able to go back to traditional hummus. I was eating it warm straight from the instant pot before I even pureed or added the olive oil. Nicole has turned me on to split peas! I may have to make a second batch so there is some left to take with me tonight. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Reply anne cook August 2, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    WOWSERS!!! this split green pea hummus is delicious!

    I used tahini but otherwise omitted the oils as I’m trying oil-free cooking and to my taste didn’t affect any deliciousness 🙂

    I just love being able to use the local ingredient of NZ grown split peas rather than legumes from China etc

  • Reply anne cook August 2, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    (I forgot the stars above!)

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