Classic soup made from carrots, onions, celery, stock, ground coriander and coriander leaf.
Easy to prepare, and a joy to eat. This is one of my favourite soups and one I eat often. I have also done a bit of experimenting and came up with a recipe for carrot and coriander curry using leftover soup – a really amazing dish that I hope you will try.
You require a stick blender for this recipe.
Tip: thinly slicing the vegetables , although not necessary, helps cook them quicker.
4 Portions (2 large bowls plus leftovers for curry)
Preparation and cooking time 45 minutes
Ingredients and method
750g carrots – peel, trim ends and thinly slice
1-2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 bay leaf – remove before blending
3 white onions – peel, dice
3 sticks celery – trim, slice thinly
1.5 L vegetable stock
Handful of coriander leaf and stalks – keep a small amount for garnish and finely chop
1 heaped dessert spoon ground coriander
Salt and pepper – to taste
Method: Start by heating the oil in a deep soup/stock pot. Add the sliced carrot, onion, celery and bay leaf. Fry over medium heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften. You want to add a little colour for flavour but do not let the vegetables burn. Next add the heaped dessert spoon of ground coriander, plus a generous amount of ground black pepper and stir through the vegetables, fry for a further 3-4 minutes stirring frequently. It is vital not to burn the spice, if it catches on bottom of pan add a little water to loosen it.
Add the stock and the fresh coriander (retain a little for garnish), bring to the boil then place lid on pan and reduce to a simmer. Leave the soup to simmer for 30 minutes, then carefully remove the lid and stir well, make sure you scape any residue on sides of pan back into the soup – that’s where the flavour is!
Remove the bay leaf then use the stick blender to blitz the soup until smooth. Add the retained coriander (very finely chopped). Taste and add required salt (should not need much as salt in stock already). Serve in a bowls with some nice crusty bread.
Once cooled store any leftovers in the fridge, and use them the next day to make my carrot and coriander curry.