Carrot Soup With Ginger, Turmeric and Lime
Here is the antidote to cloying, overly sweet, one-dimensional, too-thick carrot soup: fresh carrots, bright spices and a squeeze of lime. The final sizzling of cumin and mustard seeds in coconut oil — the technique is known as tarka in Indian cuisine — adds an extra blast of flavor. Look for young carrots, long and slender, which are far fresher and tastier than the fat ones that come in jumbo bags. In warm weather, you can serve the soup chilled if you'd like.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 3tablespoons coconut oil, vegetable oil or ghee
- 2medium onions, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
- 1tablespoon chopped ginger
- 2teaspoons minced garlic
- 1tablespoon turmeric
- ½teaspoon toasted and ground coriander
- ⅛teaspoon cayenne
- 2pounds young carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1small daikon radish, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick (about 2 cups)
- 1teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1serrano pepper, finely chopped
- Cilantro leaves, for garnish (optional)
- Lime wedges, for serving
Step 1Put a heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons coconut oil. When oil is hot, add onions and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes, or until onions are lightly browned. Add ginger, garlic, turmeric, coriander and cayenne and cook for one minute more, or just until fragrant. Season generously with salt.
Step 2Add carrots and 8 cups water. Raise the heat and bring to a brisk simmer, then put on the lid and turn heat to low. Cook until the carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from stove and let cool slightly. Purée in a blender in batches, then strain and return to soup pot. Thin with water if necessary; the soup should not be too thick. Set aside.
Step 3While soup is cooking, simmer daikon in a few inches of salted water until tender, about 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and keep warm.
Step 4Reheat the soup over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, heat remaining tablespoon of coconut oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and serrano pepper. Cook for one minute, or until spices are fragrant and beginning to pop. Pour the entire contents of the pan into the soup and stir to combine. Taste for salt and adjust.
Step 5Divide daikon pieces among 4 to 6 warmed bowls and ladle over a cup or so of soup. Garnish with cilantro leaves, if using, and give each bowl a squeeze of lime.