Monday, October 6, 2008

Carrot Coriander soup

With the cool, crisp weather that prevails these days, there's nothing the our soul (& stomach) yearns for like a bowl of hot, comforting soup. This recipe combines carrot, coriander and ginger for a satisfying soup that even pleased my 3 yr old. We had it with some store-bought spinach-parmesan fougasse and enjoyed every spoonful.

CARROT CORIANDER SOUP


Ingredients:
Carrots - 4 medium, chopped into small pieces
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup, leaves & stems separated.
Onion - half of a medium one, chopped
Garlic - 3 to 4 cloves, chopped
Ginger - half inch piece, chopped
Bay leaf - 1
Butter - half tbsp to 1 tbsp
Pepper - half tsp or to taste
Sambar powder - half tsp
Corn flour - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

Method:
1) Heat butter in a pan and add bayleaf, onions, ginger & garlic.

2) Saute till slightly brown before adding sambar powder, carrots and chopped coriander stems. Saute this for a few minutes before adding about 4 cups of water. Add some salt, bring to a boil, cover & allow to simmer.

3) When cooked, remove the solids from the soup, discard bay leaf and puree the rest. Return this to the stock in the pan and heat through. Dissolve cornflour in some water and add to the stock. Let this boil until it thickens to the right consistency.

4) Season with salt and pepper to taste and add the chopped coriander leaves and remove from stove. Soup is now ready to serve.


I would like to send this to Herb-Mania Coriander hosted by Siri... this is the brainchild of Dee.

37 comments:

  1. I have always failed with carrot soups! Somehow they turn out sweet because of the natural sugars in the carrot. Yours looks very clear and with a nice color.

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  2. Ah,here is the soup you mentioned in your comment,looks delicious and I love that you added sambar powder to it,very interesting :)

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  3. Sambhar podi should have added mmore flavor to the soup..You could send this to Heb mania Coriander hosted at Siri's corner.

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  4. This sounds great, being that I love both carrots and fresh coriander! I love the color!

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  5. nice soup recipe..i especiaaly liked the addition of sambar powder..as I think it will lend spiciness to the carrot coup..nice combination of different flavours..

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  6. Anudivya, this isn't as spicy as the soups I normally make but not sweet either. The ginger, pepper and sambar powder help.

    Thanks Usha.

    Divya, thank you! - i totally forgot about the event and have been awful at keeping up with them lately. I've updated to send this to Siri :)

    Meeso, it's a nice combination without doubt.

    Right Sowmya... Thank you.

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  7. Great way to eat carrot! I have that same bowl :)

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  8. This soup looks very healthy...

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  9. the soup looks so soothing and yummy Laavanya.. Thanks for such a yummy entry!

    Cheers,
    Siri

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  10. I dont use sambar podi for soups..both coriander and podi give diff flavor ..very soothing color Lavanya..

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  11. I am not big fan of sambar powder :( I should try without it! Great for cold days!

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  12. I have made soup with carrot,but surely I will try this method next time:)

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  13. such a healthy recipe!!! Love the color of the soup

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  14. Reminds me of the carrot rasam a friend makes - she adds a little dal to it.

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  15. soup colur looks great,is it not spicy

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  16. sambar powder in the soup... spicy and warm - perfect for cold weather...

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  17. soup looks unique with a touch of corinder leaves...tasty tasty...

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  18. lovely soup:-) amazing colour. use of sambar powder is too tempting..

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  19. lovely soup, laav! will be seeing a lot of soups now, just what we need :)

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  20. that must have tasted awesome- the bay leaf, coriander and the spices must have enhnaced the flavors even more.

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  21. Delicious soup and lovely colour too!!!

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  22. lovely soup Lavanya! Looks so colorful and healthy too.

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  23. A lovely, healthy soup. Looks great, Laavanya.

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  24. Laavanya this soup is looking very tasty and tempting. bookmarked it. nice one.

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  25. I love carrot soup - even tho it can be sweet sometimes. I made a carrot and coriander soup this week - but using the seeds not the leaves. It was very delish (i have not posted it). The sambar powder is a great addition to the soup.

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  26. Thats a eas breezy yummy soup lavs...Touch of indian..I luv it...

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  27. carrot soup looks appetizing.. we are hosting a small party at our place. this wud make a great appetiser :)

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  28. ur carrot coriander soup looks yummy with just the right amount o f spice. adding sambar podi is quite different but i bet it adds extra flavor.

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  29. I've never posted a soup till now...maybe this one would be the first to go......as its very simple and nutritious too

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  30. Soup looking yummy and simple to make..I have bookmarked it...Let you knw when I try this :)...Wish you Happy Dusshera

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  31. Happy Dusshera to you and Your Family Laavanya !!!

    carrot soup looks appetizing and fabulous...

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  32. Waiting for the season Laavanya. Nice soup. Viji

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  33. Veggie Belly, Thanks :)

    Thank you Hetal, Siri & Kamala.

    Cham, really? I use it quite a lot .. i feel it gives more flavor that plain chilli powder.

    Thank you Raks, let me know.

    Ramya, Thank you.

    Sra, I've even heard of beetroot, mint and cauliflower rasam but not carrot rasam. Interesting.

    Thank you Pavani.

    Sig, it sure was soothing to slurp on this.

    Thank you Suma, Shreya & Deesha.

    Richa, i agree... :)

    Priyanka, thanks they did :)

    Madhavi, thank you.

    Thank you Uma, Vaishali & Bhawana for your comments.

    VegeYum, it did have a slight hint of sweetness - but not too much.

    Thank you Ramya, Anjali & Sweetbites.

    Raaji, do try and let me know.

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  34. perfect recipe for this season....

    Rajitha

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  35. i loved your soup Laavanya.. visit my blog to see the results.. :)

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  36. Mahima, Am thrilled to hear and liked the soup. Loved the changes you incorporated too :)

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