This stew is excellent! I used green split peas since I couldn't find yellow, and they worked fine. I also used fewer halved new red potatoes, and added one large chopped yam, which I thought had more flavor in the stew. I did not cook the green peas at the end, just stirred them into the hot mixture,preferring a little crunch to them. The cilantro garnish is wonderful with it. A very nourishing, satisfying meal!