8 cups water
1 pound (or 2 cups) split peas, rinsed
2 tbs garlic paste
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
1 pinch curry powder
1/2 pound of sliced, smoked ham, cut in pieces
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks of bok choy, chopped, with leaves
Boil water and peas for about 3 minutes or so, then cover and set it aside for about an hour, away from heat. If you're me, you take this opportunity to shower, then run to the store to buy the ham and bok choy you forgot to make sure you had.
Add the garlic paste, salt, pepper, carrots, and ham, and simmer for about 30 minutes. I usually stirred it every 10 minutes.
Add the bok choy and the pinch of curry, and simmer for another 30 minutes. Remove from heat, let it cool a bit, then eat!
This also makes a great leftover, and I presume it would be a great crock pot meal. But I don't have a crock pot.