Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Carrot and coriander soup

Just saw the entry over at Nupur's One Hot stove for ARF/5-a-day Tuesday#2 hosted by Sweetnicks and decided to make my entry as well. I dont usually have the opportunity (or the imagination) to take part in the various competitions that come along, but this one seemed rather easy. PLUS, I was going to make carrot and coriander soup anyway! :)

Why carrot and coriander soup? Because I had 250gm of Chantenay carrots that needed using up, ditto a bunch of wilting coriander. Yep, that's the other reason - because the ingredients were going waste. I guess it's as good a reason as any to cook up something.

I've not made carrot & coriander soup before, although I've had it once or twice. I'm not crazy about carrots unless they are raw - either eaten as is, or in a salad - and I absolutely dont like them boiled or roasted. So the first time I had carrot-coriander soup, it was quite a revelation... not too "boiled carroty", beautifully savoury, with a touch of sweetness that probably came from the carrots. Maybe it was just the recipe used by that particular chef, I dunno. Still, I decided to give it a go and make it myself - and the end result, although it didnt taste like that unknown chef's, was pretty good. The soup, with a loaf of store-bought crusty French boule, made a very nice light supper.

Recipe for:
Carrot and coriander soup


4 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into chunks
1 bay leaf
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tbsp chopped shallots (optional)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bunch coriander, cleaned and chopped (about a cupful). Reserve a tbsp of the stems.
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp butter + 1 tsp oil
Salt to taste
4 cups water, or as required
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder, for garnish
A few coriander leaves, for garnish


1. Heat the butter in a saucepan and add the bay leaf and peppercorns for 30 seconds.

2. Add the onions and garlic and fry till the onions turn translucent. Then add the carrots, coriander stems and water.

3. Cook the carrots until soft, then remove, cool and puree in a blender along with the coriander leaves.

4. You should have about 2 cups of stock now. Strain the stock to remove the peppercorns and bay leaf.

5. Add the stock and the milk to the puree, until the soup is the consistency you want. Bring to a boil again.

6. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Sprinkle the cinnamon powder decoratively over the top of the soup and garnish with coriander leaves.

7. Serve hot with fresh crusty bread.


sailu said...

Shammi,that is a very healthy soup recipe my family can do with..esp my toddler.Thanks for sharing and the color looks so good..:)

Cate said...

The color of that soup looks so rich and delicious. Hope you join in ARF/5-A-Day #3 this Tuesday ... just e-mail me your permalink.

Anonymous said...

my soup was definately coriander with carrot soup and had to substitute a potato for one of the carrots because I only had 3 and wanted to make the full amount so the colour wasn't as good. Still tasted delicious though.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shammi, this is Ranjani..I enjoy your style of giving a story for recipes, the awesome photos and ofcourse, the recipes themselves :)

I'm a frequent visitor of your blog and today I was looking to see if you had a babycorn soup recipe..and found this carrot-coriander one. I took it and added baby corns into the mix and it turned out so yummy and colorful..thanks :)

Sonal said...

Hey Shammi, I tried this soup last night for dinner and boy was it liked? You bet!! The husband, the teen daughter and the toddler son didnt say a word at the dinner table as they were busy slurrrrping away this healthy soup. Thank you for an awesome recipe.