Carrot Soup

June 5, 2012mayurisjikoni
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EVENT:  FOODIES_ REDOING OLD POSTS #14

Carrot Soup is what I had the opportunity recently to update as the weather is getting cold in Bangalore. Evenings call for  something comforting and nutritious. Contributing this recipe for the Group called Foodies_Redoing Old Posts which is Renu’s baby. This group encourages food bloggers to visit their old forgotten posts and breathe a new life into them either by changing the photos, the write up or both. However, the recipes remain the same. If you are a food blogger and need a push to revive your lost posts then this group is just the right one for you.

 What is a Soup?

Soup is a liquid food which is usually made by boiling meat, fish and/or vegetables in water or a stock. Herbs, spices are added to make it flavorful. Served either warm or hot, it usually is served as a starter during a meal. Many families have a tradition of beginning dinner with a soup. Soups can be clear, watery, creamy, wholesome with bits of meat, fish, vegetables and  grains. For those following a healthy meal plan, soups are vital. They not only provide the vital nutrients but fill the tummy up, which in turn helps one to consume smaller quantity of the main meal.

Soups on my table

Mombasa is perpetually hot throughout the year, therefore thinking of a soup as a light meal doesn’t come up that easily. However, whenever hubby and I have eaten to our hearts content during a vacation to another country or at a family wedding or during Diwali festivities, we want to follow up with a healthy diet to get back into our eating habits. That’s when soups and salads become the main meal.

Types of Soups

If I prepare smooth soups like tomato carrot soup or a beetroot tomato soup, then we love to enjoy some home baked bread with it. Soups like A Vegetable Noodle Soup or a Momo Soup is usually enjoyed on its own. We enjoy Vegetarian Tom Yum Soup on its own as a light lunch. Have you tried serving naan with a soup? We love our Moong Dal Shorba with naan. When its really hot A Chilled Cucumber and Yogurt Soup or a Watermelon Gazpacho comes to the rescue. Shorbat Adas, a Middle Eastern Soup is best enjoyed with some Pita bread or pita chips.

Carrot Soup

Whenever we spend some time in Nairobi or Bangalore, nothing is so comforting than sipping a hot cup or mug of soup before a meal. Torrential rains in Mombasa recently resulted in cooler nights. For all who through winter months it would still equate to summer temperatures but for us it was our winter. Okay no sweaters or shawls came out but soups did. Somehow, I landed up with a huge batch of carrots and that’s how carrot soup was made one evening. Hubby didn’t look too pleased as he thought it would be a sweetish soup. However, I waited for him to taste it and didn’t convince him that its spicy, lemony and aromatic.

Boil or Roast?

Both, whichever suits you. I tend to make it both ways. When in a bit of a hurry its so easy to stir fry the vegetables in a bit of olive oil or butter and then add stock or water, boil till done and puree it. Carrot soup is ready within 30 minutes.

Roasting takes a bit longer, either in a pan or the oven. However, it imparts a special roasted flavour to the carrot soup. So this is the method I prefer when I’m not in hurry.

Dietary Tips:

  • Its gluten free
  • If you do not add yogurt or sour cream then its vegan friendly too.
  • For a satvik friendly soup don’t add onion or garlic.

So do want to learn how to make a preservative free, fresh and tasty soup carrot soup at home? Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s get to the recipe.

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CARROT SOUP

Serves 2

3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks

2 cups water or stock

1 small onion, cut into chunks

4-6 garlic cloves

1 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp ginger paste or grated

1 tbsp olive oil

½ – ¾ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper powder

¼ tsp nutmeg powder

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp whipped yogurt or sour cream

1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander/cilantro

  1. Mix carrot, onion, garlic and coriander seeds with olive oil in a bowl.
  2. Layer the mixed vegetables on a baking tray or in a pan.
  3. If you’re roasting it in the oven then preheat the oven to 180ºC. Roast the vegetables for 20-30 minutes or till the carrots are done.
  4. If you’re roasting in a pan, then roast over medium heat for 10- 15 minutes, stirring the vegetables occasionally.
  5. Puree the vegetables with the water or stock.
  6. Pour the pureed mixture into a pan.
  7. Add salt, nutmeg powder and ginger and heat the soup. Do not let it boil. Let it heat gently over low heat.
  8. Add lemon juice, sour cream or yogurt and coriander and serve it hot.

Tips:

  • Add more ginger if you like.
  • The amount of water or stock required depends on how thick or thin you want the soup to be.
  • Adjust the salt and spices according to your taste.
  • If you don’t have fresh ginger, then use ginger powder instead.

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Carrot Soup

A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

 

40 Comments

  • Shobha

    February 16, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Delicious soup..my family doesn't like carrot in any curry.. so I end up making soups with it.. I never tried adding yogurt.

     
  • Dannii Martin

    February 16, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I love carrot soup, especially with some cumin in it.

     
  • Mayuri Patel

    February 16, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you Shobha, the little bit of yogurt adds a bit of tanginess to the sweet soup.

     
    1. Ruchisvegkitchen

      January 25, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      Carrot soup looks so creamy and perfect .Love the simplicity of the recipe. Though never added yogurt in soup, i generally add tomatoes for sourness.
      Will try someday. Thanks for sharing

       
  • Mayuri Patel

    February 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Umm that sounds good. Will add some next time.

     
  • simplysensationalfood

    December 17, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Carrot soup is one of my staples and I make it often. Yours looks delicious and I love the styling. Its beautiful.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 17, 2019 at 4:53 pm

      Thank you so much Nayna, set it up on the tray to enjoy the soup in front of the TV and thought I should click it.

       
  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    December 18, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    This carrot soup in completely different. I have never added nutmeg in carrot soup and adding yogurt will give it the necessary creaminess. Pics are absolutely tempting Mayuri

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 19, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks Renu, adding a bit of yogurt not only adds creaminess but makes the otherwise sweetish soup a bit tangy.

       
  • Mina Joshi (@GiveMeSomeSpice)

    December 18, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Your carrot soup looks delicious. Love the colour of the soup and the presentation.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 19, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much Mina.

       
      1. poonampagar

        December 25, 2019 at 8:03 pm

        Carrot soup with ginger and coriander sounds flavorful. Never tried nutmeg in carrot soup. Will try your best soon.

         
      2. mayurisjikoni

        December 25, 2019 at 8:23 pm

        Thanks Poonam, nutmeg just adds a bit of warmth to the soup besides the flavour.

         
  • poonampagar

    December 25, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Carrot soup with ginger and coriander sounds flavorful. Never tried nutmeg in carrot soup. Will try your best soon.

     
  • Shailender sharma

    January 23, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    This carrot soup has everything what is must needed during winters. Looking so inviting and flavourful, I am gonna grab one for me.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 29, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you so much Shailender. It is perfect for winters with the warm spices.

       
  • Lata Lala

    January 24, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Making carrot soup out of seasonal carrots is so nutritious and a good idea for the ones who don’t prefer vegetables.
    Carrot soup with ginger and coriander so sounds flavorful. Adding nutmeg in carrot soup sounds good too.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 25, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you so much Lata. The carrots are so juicy and crunchy, best time to use them for a variety of dishes.

       
  • Vandana

    January 25, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Great recipe. The vibrant color of the soup and the warm spices you have used to flavor it are making it so tempting. A hot cup of soup can soothe anyone in this world. Perfect for the current season.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 25, 2020 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you so much, I love spicy soups during the cold season.

       
  • Jolly

    January 27, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Carrot soup is one of my fav soup. This is such a great recipe & loved the vibrant colours of soup. I usually make it plain not adding so much spices in it. Using of ginger sounds so flavourful. Looks so tempting and delicious.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 28, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks Jolly, as carrot can be a bit sweetish I balance the taste with the spices.

       
  • Pavani

    January 27, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    That is such a creamy and delicious looking soup. I have never made carrot soup before and your tempting me to make it some time soon. Roasting the veggies makes them extra delicious – great share Mayuri.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 29, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you so much Pavani, roasting vegetables brings out the natural flavour. Please do try out the recipe.

       
  • Sandhya

    January 28, 2020 at 6:39 am

    Love the color of that carrot soup Mayuri! It looks so hearty and perfect for the winter time!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 28, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya.

       
  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    January 29, 2020 at 7:43 am

    I have not made carrot soup by itself yet and I am wondering why! I love the spices that you have used in your recipe and I am bookmarking it to make soon.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 29, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya, hope you love it when you try out the recipe.

       
  • Anshu

    January 29, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Wow! what a vibrant color of the soup… it sounds so delicious and healthy. I am sure, the addition of nutmeg would have elevated its flavors to another level

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 29, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks Anshu, the spices do add warmth and also balances the sweetness of the carrot.

       
  • Lathiskitchen

    January 30, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Soup is one thing I need here for the cold weather we have. This carrot soup looks easy and yummy.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 5, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Lathiya, its perfect for winter with all the warming spices.

       
  • Uma Srinivas

    January 31, 2020 at 12:11 am

    Carrot soup looks so good. I love idea of adding ginger to the soup. Perfect for winter season!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 5, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you Uma, ginger pairs well with carrot and balances the sweetness from the carrot.

       
  • jayashreetrao

    January 31, 2020 at 11:22 am

    This is a good way to serve carrots for the family and it looks flavoursome with all the spices.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 31, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree. Best time to make the soup as both variety of carrots are available.

       
  • priyavaasu

    February 1, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Wow mayuri ji, that color of the soup, scintillating! love how you have presented so beautifully, the contrast color of the soup with a blobs of white and green cilantro! We love carrots in all forms, soup is one of them, a must make recipe during chill weather!!!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      February 5, 2020 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, please do try out the recipe.

       
  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    February 9, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    This soup has everything what you crave for on a wintry night, hearty and flavourful same time. Just need crusty bread to dip in now!

     
  • Manjiri Chitnis

    February 27, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    I love carrot soup and your recipe sounds lovely!

     

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