A classic and simple recipe for a rainy midsummer’s day. And so easy to make! Always use organic carrots if you can, I buy the young ones from the farmers’ market – in fact I made this as I had too many (two-for-one day!). This is a great anti-cancer soup for immunity-building with all the orange carrot and turmeric. You could also add grated zest of an orange at the end to make it more piquant; adding ginger with the turmeric also gives it an extra kick and more anti-cancer properties.
- 1 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- I clove garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 large potato or 2-3 new ones, chopped
- 450g /1 lb carrots, chopped ( I scrub but don’t peel esp if organic)
- 1 litre vegetable stock or water
- large handful coriander
- 1 inch fresh or 1 tsp gourd turmeric, finely chopped
- some grated nutmeg
- squeeze of lemon juice
- salt and black pepper
Gently sweat the onions and garlic in the oil for 5 minutes. Then add the coriander and turmeric (ginger if you are using) and sweat a little longer. After a further 5 minutes or so, when translucent, add the potato and carrot and the stock or water (I usually use water rather than a cube). Be careful with the water/stock and add to taste later so that you don’t make the soup too watery. Allow it all to simmer on a gentle heat for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
Chuck in the fresh coriander, add nutmeg, squeeze of lemon, orange zest if using, and then whizz up in a hand blender or liquidizer, whatever is easiest. Keep it fairly thick though.
Serve piping hot with a sprinkle of fresh coriander.