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Split Pea Fudge

Split Pea Fudge

Split Pea Fudge

Yep, split pea. It makes a great protein-rich treat that’s a great dessert or after school snack.
By Lail Hossain
Split Pea Fudge

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Split Pea Fudge

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  • Author: Lail Hossain
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 mins


Yep, split pea. It makes a great protein-rich treat that’s a great dessert or after school snack.


  • 2 cups split peas
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 23 cardamom
  • 34 cinnamon, each about an inch
  • 1/2 cup butter or ghee
  • Pinch of saffron (optional)
  • Cashews, raisins for garnish (optional)


  1. Soak split peas in water for at least 2 hours.
  2. Wash and boil split peas starting with 4 cups of milk. Add the remaining milk as needed to soften the split peas. You may not need all the milk or may need slightly more, depending on split pea quality.
  3. In a food processor, puree the cooked split peas to a silky smooth paste. If too dry, you may need to add some milk.
  4. In a thick-bottomed or nonstick pan, make syrup with sugar and water over medium heat.
  5. Add split pea puree and saffron.
  6. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan.
  7. Cook until the mixture is sticky and a mass pulls away from the bottom and sides of the pan.
  8. Remove from heat and spread in a serving platter, let cool.
  9. Add cardamom and cinnamon to the syrup.
  10. Add butter or ghee.
  11. Cut into diamond-shaped barfi (or any shape) and garnish with cashews and/or raisins.
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dessert
View Comments (5)
  • Have you really made this recipe? I tried it follow the most convoluted instructions. Dry milk? Really where in the recipe did it tell when/ where to add to the mixture.
    I soaked the peas for 3 hours, washed drained then put in pan. Added 4 cups of milk, which I cooked for 2.5 hours BEFORE the peas were tender enough to puree. My puree mixture was running, I’ve tried to cook it down, but after if cooking for nearly an hour, I have a very very sweet yellow pea soup.

    I was trying this recipe for a food bank I volunteer. We have bags and bags of them no one knew what to with them and with the holidays ahead…..well it didn’t go well. I’ve been cooking for 40+ years and this recipe will not LIVE in my recipe book

  • Yes, I’ve made it several times. In the original recipe on my blog, it states that you have to add the milk in step 6. Honest cooking spot pastes the recipes here, so not sure why it’s not there.

    Also, the purée should never be soupy because most of the milk should evaporate when you cook the split peas. If yours was runny, you’ll just have to cook it down more.

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