Lightly spiced carrot soup

Lightly spiced carrot soup

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(31 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

Serves 6
A satisfying soup which is delicately spiced and works well as a rustic starter

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition:

  • kcal200
  • fat13g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre5g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.45g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • knob of fresh root ginger, grated
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
    Chillies

    Chilli

    chill-ee

    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 1 tsp mild curry powder, plus extra
  • 1kg carrots, trimmed and sliced
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
  • 2 strips orange zest
    Orange

    Orange

    or-ange

    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 400g can coconut milk
  • 700ml vegetable stock

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan with a lid. Tip in the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli, then cook for 3-5 mins until soft. Stir in the curry powder, followed by the carrots, lemongrass and zest, then cover and cook over a low heat for 10 mins more.

  2. Give the coconut milk can a shake, then pour most of it into the pan along with the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 15 mins until the carrots are really soft. Remove the lemongrass and orange zest, then use a stick blender or food processor to whizz until smooth. Ladle into bowls and top with a swirl of reserved coconut milk and an extra sprinkling of curry powder, if you like.

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alison100
5th Aug, 2012
5.05
Fantastic! Made loads so will do for a few work lunches too. Added juice of half a lime and about 2 tspns brown sugar when blending. Really delicious, creamy too. A new fave!
nicolamacpherson
18th Jul, 2012
5.05
Warming, tasty, full of flavour and is great if you have a cold or flu. I reccommend to anyone. I added leeks and half fat coconut milk, as a preferance. I dont think the leek made much difference in the grand scheme of things, and the half fat coconut milk worked fine.
stephanieek
21st Feb, 2012
4.05
Really delicious, I altered the recipe slightly; used 500g parsnips and 500g carrots.
perry-smith
24th Jan, 2012
2.05
Hmmm.... Be careful as the chilli will kill most of the more subtle flavours from the lemon grass, orange, etc... If you like some spice in your food, there are many more interesting soups to try. If you just like carrot soup, there are better recipes.
ellen428
5th Jan, 2012
I dont hav any lemon grass what would be good instead????
Lucie Digweed
6th May, 2014
There are a number of different alternatives such as lemon zest, lemon balm and even lemon leaf. For this soup i would recommend lemon leaf if you have it because it is the closest to the real thing and has the same citrus tang, earthiness and beautiful aromatic note that works so well with this soup. If you don't have any of these the soup works fine without it.
2mumzie
29th Nov, 2011
Have made this lots of times for lunch and for friends who love it,don't put the lemon grass in and if I dnt have the masala I just add a 1/2 tsp coriander powder and 1/2 tsp cumin powder and coconut milk to taste not the full can.
kezabella
22nd Oct, 2011
5.05
Really delicious.
mledsom0151
1st Aug, 2011
5.05
Absolutely amazing! I used meduim hot curry powder & added a small potato as I like it quite thick. This had definately got to be one of my favorite soups!
ashtons
8th Jan, 2011
4.05
First attempt at soup and found it very easy to prepare. Tastes lovely with a good kick but might use a little less curry powder next time!

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