Friday, October 3, 2008

Carrot Cilantro Soup

Cilantro is very easily my favorite herb,this herb is so versatile and fragrant, it enhances the taste of every dish that it is used in. Having said that, I have to admit I have never used cilantro in a soup and especially carrot soup at that.

That is probably the reason why this title in a vegetarian cookbook kind of jumped out at me. The idea of cilantro in a soup tickled my imagination but the cream and other spices mentioned in the recipe did not appeal to me,so I adapted this recipe. I wanted to showcase the flavors of the cilantro and the coriander seed powder and decided to cut out all the other stronger spices with that end in mind.

The verdict...this soup was a success and the potato added sufficient creaminess to the soup so I did not miss the cream and the color was really beautiful. Take a look at it........



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Ingredients and Method to make Carrot cilantro soup
1/2 large yellow onion or 1 small yellow onion cut into small pieces
3 large carrots cut into cubes carrots (yielded about 1 3/4 cup)
2 medium white potatoes peeled and cut into small pieces (yielded about 1 cup)
1 inch piece of ginger
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
salt to taste
3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 cups of water ( or as required )
handful cilantro cut fine for garnish

Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pan, add the onion and saute until onions are transparent.

Add in the ginger and coriander powder and saute for a few seconds.

Add potatoes, cubed carrots, salt to taste and water and simmer on medium high heat for a little while until the potatoes and carrots are cooked.

Keep aside until a little cooler.

Puree this cooked carrot potato onion mixture in a blender until smooth.

Heat this pureed mixture and add water if required to adjust consistency.

Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with bread or salad of choice..

Serves about 2-3

This is my entry into the Herb Mania-Coriander event being hosted by Siri

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Vegetarian Split Pea Barley Soup

32 comments :

Sireesha said...

Healthy and Lovely Soup...Love the colour.

Laavanya said...

I have a Carrot-Coriander soup in my drafts... :) but mine doesn't include potatoes. Yours looks lovely.

Indranee said...

Lovely and yummy soup...love the color!

Priyanka said...

oh i can definitely try this one out...the blend of other veggies, spices and cilantro must add a wonderful flavor to the carrot soup.

Nidhi said...

Carrot soup with poatatoes and cilantro in it...Interesting combination.

anudivya said...

What a lovely color! I like soups, but always thought that they were a lot of work. This is pretty straightforward, so will give it a try.
I never ended up making any banana dishes the other day! :( They were way too over ripe and had to toss them out :(

Happy cook said...

Delicious soup.
Here it has been raining the whole day, so if i had this soup now, it would have been wonderful :-)

Cham said...

Unusual combo I love the flavor of cilantro, beautiful Usha !

Vidhya said...

looks neat & healthy

DEESHA said...

that looks lovely .. cilantro must have added such a nice flavor to the soup

Uma said...

looks so good. love the color.

sowmya said...

love the colour..healthy amd delicious too!!

Alexa said...

Usha,
This soup looks wonderful. I love coriander as well and I put it in everything I can get away with. I will have to try your recipe this weekend. I have a lot of lovely carrots from the farm to use up. Thanks for posting the recipe.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

is this your own recipe? sounds good Usha.

Daily Meals said...

Lovely soup! Looks beautiful...

Shreya said...

Amazing colour. Lovely soup:-)

aTxVegn said...

Cilantro is my favorite herb too and it's also very inexpensive here. I've bookmarked this recipe!

Dibs said...

Nice combination Usha!

Reeni said...

I really love carrots but never know what to do with them. I love this recipe, perfect comfort for a cool fall day!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

cilantro is my favorite tooo..I would add in whatever possible dishes I make;)

Bharathy said...

I make carrot cilantro soup once a week..:)..addintion of potatoes and dhania is new to me..I do add a clove of garlic and dilute the soup with milk :)..My hubby loves this with plain bread slices :)
wonderful recipe, Usha :)

Valarmathi said...

Looks healthy. Noce color

Zesty Cook said...

This looks amazing... I too love cilantro and with carrot... i never had it either. Great recipe Thanks for sharing

Madhavi said...

Very nice colour and recipe. Soup looks delicious!!!

mitr_bayarea said...

Lovely looking, healthy carrot soup.

Madhavi said...

U can find moriyo in any indian store, i think next to sabudana and it's looks like rava!!!

Usha said...

Sireesha, Laavanya and Indranee,Thanks :)


Do try it Priyanka its pretty good :)


Hey Nidhi, it is isn't it, I definitely thought so :)

Usha said...

Hey Divya do try this it is pretty simple..about the bananas what a pity, I haven't tried it but I hear you can freeze the bananas to be used later :)

Happy cook I love soups on rainy/chilly evenings :)


Cham,Vidhya,Deesha,Uma and Sowmya,Thanks :)

Usha said...

Thanks for dropping by Alexa,do give it a try, it tasted pretty good :)


Thanks Mahimaa,as I mentioned I adapted this from a recipe I saw in a cookbook


Daily meals and Shreya ,Thanks :)

Usha said...

Atxvegn,Thanks for visiting :)


Dibs,Reeni and Raks Kitchen,Thanks :)

Hey Bharathy I am impressed that you make carrot soup once a week,I should start doing that too :)

Usha said...

Valarmathi, Zesty cook,Madhavi and Mitr ,thanks :)


Hey Madhavi,Thanks for clarifying will look for moriyo the next time I go to the Indian grocery :)

Lore said...

It looks really classy Usha! Seems like your cilantro is my parsley so to speak. Good call on adding the potatoes, they make wonders when it comes to texture.

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