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Curried Carrot Soup

I am one of those people who like cilantro. Cilantro is a love it or hate it kind of thing. Thankfully the herby leaf it offers to 50% of the population who enjoy it, also comes with a seed. Coriander, which the seed more commonly goes by, lends a refreshing and slightly citrusy flavour. Blended with other spices, coriander is perfect and essential for milder curry combinations.

Common yellow curry is the key to this soup. Spices like coriander, along with tumeric, cumin, mustard seed, cloves, red pepper and fennel might seem like a lot but the complexities of each spice together make for a wonderful flavour combination added to so many dishes, including the humble winter carrot.

Earthy and dense, these bright reminders of a summer past wait anxiously in the root cellar to come alive again. Flavour packed and vitamin rich carrots along with the zip of curry does us a great justice to blasting the February blahs.

My father in law is a master at soup and a farmer’s market frequenter. With a constant variety of seasonal vegetables, he has shown me tons about eating locally. This is an adaptation of the soup I’d recently devoured at his home.


2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion, finely chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Stalks Celery
8 cups of Water or Vegetable Stock
3 Lbs Carrots, about 6 large ones, grated
1 Tablespoon Yellow Curry Powder
1/2 teaspoon Fennel Seed, ground with a mortar pestle
1/4 teaspoon Ground Red Chilies, or to taste
1 teaspoon Salt
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
Juice of 1 Lemon

Heat the oil in a large stock pot.
Sauté the onion and garlic over medium-high heat until soft, taking care not to scorch the garlic.
Roughly chop the celery stalks into thirds and add to the onions along with the grated carrots.
Pour over the water, bring to boil.
Add the curry powder, ground fennel, chilies, salt and pepper.
Simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
Purée using a immersion or traditional blender, in batches until smooth.
Stir in the lemon juice and readjust salt and pepper, if necessary.
Top with chopped cilantro. (If you like it.)


I love cilantro too. Your soup has such a beautiful colour!

posted by Mihl on 02.22.08 at 5:41 am

I tried cilantro once and didn’t like it too much – but I have seen so many delicious recipes with it around (Bill Granger uses it a lot) I’m willing to give it a new try!

That soup looks delish – where’s my bowl?

posted by Patricia Scarpin on 02.22.08 at 8:10 am

I’ve found the same thing with Cilantro, people either love it or hate it. I personally love it, and this soup just looks absolutely gorgeous. I love the simplicity of the recipe, I’ll have to give it a try!

posted by Romina on 02.22.08 at 8:16 am

Did I read that right? Coriander is the seed of cilantro? Wow, you really do learn something new every day!

posted by vegan blog tracker on 02.22.08 at 12:52 pm

you always capture color so perfectly.

posted by Lori- pleasantly plump vegan on 02.22.08 at 9:26 pm

The only thing i can say now is YUMMY.

posted by caviar on 02.23.08 at 8:49 am

Add me to the cilantro/coriander fan club. And this soup looks fantastic!

posted by bazu on 02.25.08 at 9:33 pm

Hmm, I like coriander, but not cilantro, is that allowed? Regardless, that soup looks sooo good! I only wish my husband would eat carrots : )

posted by Alisa on 02.26.08 at 1:13 am

I just made carrot soup (carrots from my garden). It tastes great
but is light in color. I added salt, pepper,onions.ginger and curry. What about Italian parsley for garnish?

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