Alright, I’ve used the word “classic” here, but you should know me well enough now by now to know that I can never resist adding a couple of little tweaks into any “classic” recipe. The two that I’ve added into this fantastically simple soup don’t change the flavour; they merely enhance it.
It’s getting colder by the day here in Edinburgh, meaning that those sniffles and snorts of winter are becoming more and more common. The garlic and ginger in this recipe help to keep that damn sickness at bay, and the turmeric is added in for extra wonderful colour and for its whole host of health benefits. The coriander seeds warm the flavour a little without changing it (though you can use ground coriander if you prefer), and the whole shebang ends up being one of the best carrot and coriander soups I’ve ever had. Honestly.
Soup is one of those amazing things; it’s easy to cook, easy to eat and easy to make a huge batch of. Feel free to double or triple this recipe to feed your family for a whole week.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1-inch piece fresh ginger, diced
600g carrots (about 6-8 medium carrots), chopped
1 tbsp ground coriander / 1 tbsp coriander seeds, toasted and ground in a pestle and mortar
a pinch of turmeric
1.4 litres vegetable stock
In a large saucepan, heat the oil then add in the onion, garlic and ginger
Heat gently and stir until the onion is translucent, then add in the turmeric and coriander and stir well
Add in the carrots and the stock, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer
Place the lid on your pan and cook for 20 minutes, until the carrots are tender, then remove from the heat
Allow to cool, then blend to a puree
Add back to the pan, reheat, season to taste and serve
Drizzle with Lemon-Tahini-Ginger Sauce and/or fresh coriander and enjoy!
As with any good soup, this can be served with some fresh, thick, hearty bread to make a filling meal, on its own for a lunch, or with a salad and a couple of sides if you’re having company. It’s not too spicy that your mum will turn her nose up at it, but it’s flavourful enough not to be considered boring. You’ll be making it every week – I know I am!