As it gets colder outside, we all start craving warm comforting food. I’ve finally made peace with the fact it’s not in season to drink gazpacho anymore, and I’ve turned to one of my favourite soups: carrot and coriander. I made it for the first time about 6 months ago on a cold rainy day in Oxford (so just a normal day really), it was the perfect excuse for my housemate Milly and I to buy a big loaf of sourdough bread. I always come back to this recipe, and I still have it with bread and butter, because what else should you have with soup?
I spike mine with a touch of curry powder to add a little something and a little kick. This soup is on the thicker side, but it’s the way I like it. It’s so comforting, a spoonful of this is like putting on fluffy slipper. It’s also one of the easiest soups you’ll ever make as it requires very little (and cheap!) ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need for 2 to 3 servings:
-1 clove garlic
-1 heaped tsp curry powder*
-3 large carrots or 4 small-medium carrots
-3 cups vegetable stock
-1 bunch of coriander + a few sprigs for garnish
Heat about a tbsp of olive oil in a deep saucepan.
Roughly chop your onion and throw it in the pan to soften in.
Mince some garlic, and add it to the soften onion. Mix with a wooden spoon and season with salt and pepper.
After a minute or two, add your heaped tsp of curry powder to fry off the spices.
Meanwhile, peel and chop your carrots. Add them to the saucepan once the spices start to get nice and fragrant and pour your vegetable stock.
Leave to simmer for 30 minutes or until the carrots are nice and tender.
Halfway through the cooking, throw in half of your coriander bunch in the pan.
Once all the vegetables are cooked, and the flavours have mingled, add the other half of your coriander bunch and blend with an immersion blender (or a regular blender but make sure to let the steam escape, and do it in batches).
Serve with some bread and butter, and sprinkle your bowls with coriander leaves for garnish.
You now have the tools to survive winter. Enjoy the comfort.
*(if you don’t have any curry powder, you can make some by mixing various spices like cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, ground ginger, chilli powder)