Saturday, 17 January 2009

Simple Carrot and Coriander Soup - Eating with the Season

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I thought I was gonna miss the January deadline of the Eating with the Season blogging event over at Maninas: food matters, but as it has been extended until 21st January, I get to take part after all.

I had a couple of rather past-their-prime carrots in my vegetable draw. They were left over from last week's carrot cake, which for some reason I never took a picture of, so no blogging about the cake for now (I'll make it again though). So, when I was making a tentative meal plan before going food shopping yesterday, I thought of making some Carrot & Coriander Soup.

Not only would I be using up what I still had, rather than wasting it, but if you read this blog regularly you will know that I love soup. Of course I wouldn't get far with my two sad looking exemplars, so I picked up some more super fresh carrots from the Unicorn co-operative grocery and today I was ready to make soup.


Carrots are one of my favourite root vegetables. They are in season from pretty much April through to June, so most of the year and of course they are also good for you because of their high content of pro-vitamin A, as well as containing vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and B6.

Simple Carrot & Coriander Soup (serves 4)

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, sliced
1lb carrots, sliced
1 tsp ground coriander
2 pints vegetable stock
large bunch fresh coriander (cilantro), roughly chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large pan and add the sliced onions and the carrots. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until they begin to soften.

Stir in the ground coriander and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, continue to cook for another minute.

Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Puree with a hand blender or in a blender until smooth.

Return to the pan, reheat briefly, stir in the fresh chopped coriander and serve with some fresh, crusty bread.




Anonymous said...

Doesn't that beautiful orange hue bring a bit of color and warmth to winter? How lovely!
I adore carrot soups as well - one of my favorites is a pureed combination of carrot and sweet potato. A bit of corriander in that would probably be delicious too...

Sam said...

Carrot and coriander is one of my favourite soups, I love the colour too!

Maggie said...

The colour from the carrots is really vibrant and paired with coriander you can't go wrong.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

You have just reminded me of how much I like carrot and coriander soup and that it is such a while since I had any! I must rectify that soon.

Beth (jamandcream) said...

You can't beat Carrot and Coriander soup

Jaime said...

my dad would love this. he often drinks so much carrot juice that his skin starts to turn orange :P

Anonymous said...

fantastic! I love the double dose of coriander. Thanks for yet another excellent entry.

Also, I love the subtle light in your photos.

Nic said...

Gorgeous Sylvie! Is that you in the spoon?

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This soup with its fresh and honest flavours would hit the spot right about now!!

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Looks delicious - will be trying it this week! Thanks for the recipe. A

Marie Rayner said...

Delicious looking soup Sylvie! I love the colour!

Anonymous said...

OOOO that looks delicious, Sylvie!

Rosie said...

Carrot and coriander soup looks gorgeous Sylvie!

Sorry I've not called by in a while due to illness.

Rosie x

Gloria Baker said...

Sylvie this lokk so yummy!! gloria

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

What a fabulous deep rich colour! I'd love a slurp or three of that.

Anonymous said...

That soup looks so warm and inviting and what a great way to utilize carrots - thank you!

test it comm said...

I like that vegetable soups like this are so simple and yet so good!

David Hall said...

It is a classic Sylvie and one to mess around with too. I often roast a few different roots before blending with some aromatics and coriander, delicious.

Jan said...

Love the look of your soup Sylvie! Sorry I haven't been around much. Will catch up with you on Zaar this week!

Katie said...

I have been craving carrots lately. Soup sounds like a good way to take advantage of all of the vitamins + minerals that carrots have. The color is always nice, too!