I’m not going to give this the hard sell. Frankly, the only reason I eat cooked carrots at all is so that I can tick the ‘adult’ box on the internet. Don’t try that at home, children under the age of fifty.
But let’s say you are trying for a more orange coloured skin and you’re sick of all the ways you’ve been eating too much carrot. You could try this.
Ingredients for 4 serves or so as a meal
- 6 carrots peeled and diced
- 1 potato peeled and diced
- 1 large onion peeled and chopped
- one inch cube fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
- one clove garlic peeled and finely chopped
- butter or, even better ghee if you have it to hand
- 1 tblesp cumin seeds
- 2 teasp ground dhanna jeera mix* coriander-cumin mix, 60% coriander 40% cumin
- salt and pepper
plain yoghurt for serving
toast for serving and table butter
*theoretically, mixing these and leaving to sit changes the taste compared with simply grinding and mixing on the day. I have some sitting in the cupboard, so in it went.
- In a pot fry the onions in the butter, gently, until softened somewhat.
- Add the ginger and garlic and keep stirring for a minute or so. DON’T burn!
- Add dry spices and be on high alert for signs of burning activity.
- Add the diced vegetables, mix, add perhaps a litre of water. Bring to boil and simmer until vegetables are soft.
- Take off the heat and puree.
- Back on the heat season with the salt and pepper and tabasco.
- Add water to make it the preferred thickness. I like these soups to be thinner than most people. I don’t want them to be sludge.
Needless to say, you could change this many ways. For a start, if you love carrot more than I do you might leave out the potato. Fresh chili instead of tabasco, though I thought that the tabasco added a little depth. I was wondering about adding a dash of soy or worcestershire, but didn’t. Maybe with the leftovers. A lot of Indian spices would have done. Mustard seeds at the end? Perhaps with fried onions? Fresh coriander and lemon. Coconut milk?
Having tried it with and without yoghurt, we voted for the latter. Expectation: that the leftovers are bound to be better when they are wheeled out for lunch tomorrow.
Verdict? Definitely worth a guernsey in the ‘how are we going to cook the damn things today?’ list.