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"Where life is colorful and varied, religion can be austere or unimportant. Where life is appallingly monotonous, religion must be emotional, dramatic and intense. Without the curry, boiled rice can be very dull."
- C. Northcote Parkinson, Writer

The refrigerator light goes on...

I love curried dishes and this soup is sweet, spicy, and savory all at once. Rich, hearty, and full of fiber and great vitamins, it makes a perfect Spring meal with a side salad.

Roasting the carrots helps caramelize them and both sweeten and concentrate the flavor. Simmering them with the rest of the ingredients would result in less carrot flavor.

Stick Blender

You can use a traditional blender for soups but a stick blender will make life so much easier for you. Some manufacturers call this an immersion blender because the head of the blender is immersed in whatever you wish to blend. The one caution is to wait for hot recipes, such as soup, to cool a bit before blending.

Place the bottom of the blender against the bottom of the pot or bowl. This actually forms a slight suction and foods will tend to splash less. If I know I am going to use my stick blender, I try to use a pot or bowl with higher sides to reduce any spatter.

This is one of my favorite kitchen tools. The one I have has a lot of attachments, and while the important one is the blender itself, I do use the mini food processor attachment that came with mine almost as much as the blender itself. It is perfect for dressings and spreads, such as pesto, where clean up of a food processor or blender would be a hassle.


 

Curried Carrot Soup



Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 2 cups

Cooking Time = 90 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe makes great leftovers.

Serve with Napa Cabbage Salad or Healthy Caesar Salad or Iceberg Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing or Zucchini Salad or Mushroom Salad or Tomato and Endive Salad

2 tsp olive oil (divided)
2 lbs carrots (peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks)
1 large onion (diced)
2 ribs celery (diced)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
4 cups no salt added vegetable stock
1 15 ounce can no salt added chick peas (garbanzo beans) (drained and rinsed)
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Place a large skillet in the oven and preheat to 400F.

Place 1 teaspoon of the olive oil in the skillet and add the carrots. Roast, tossing about every 5 minutes, for at least 30 minutes until tender.

While the carrots are roasting, place the remaining teaspoon of olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium high heat.

Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes.

Add the carrots and celery and cook, stirring frequently, for another 3 minutes.

Add the cumin and curry powder and cook for about one minute.

Add the vegetable stock, chick peas, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir thoroughly.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the chick peas are tender. Stir occasionally.

Remove from the heat. Add the roasted carrots, stir, and let cool for about 10 minutes.

Use a blender or stick blender, puree until smooth.

Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 2 cups

Servings = 4

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 255 Calories from Fat 42
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 7%
    Saturated Fat 0g 2%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 325mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 17%
    Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
    Sugars 18g  
Protein 8g  
Vitamin A 730% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 16% Iron 13%
Vitamin K 40 mcg Potassium 1103 mg
Magnesium 72 mg