In north India, they are generally known as ‘matar ki daal’. Dried Yellow peas are part of the legume family, were domesticated before 6000 B.C in the ancient near east. They spread across Asia, through China and also through the Mediterranean region. Produced by harvesting the peapods when they are fully mature and then drying them. Once they are dried and the skins removed, they split naturally. Peas began to be split during the time of ancient Egypt.
Dried Yellow peas are about 1/4 of an inch wide and pale yellow in color. Split Pea has more of an earthy flavor than the whole dried pea. Split Peas have a mild flavor and soft texture.