16 March 2008

Curried Parsnip & Sweet Potato Soup





























Curried Parsnip and Sweet Potato Soup


1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped,
1 red chilli, finely chopped
2cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
6 parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 heaped tsp ground turmeric
2 tbsp hot mango chutney
6 cups water
juice of 1 lime
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste


Heat a small pan and dry roast the cumin and coriander seeds then roughly crush in a mortar and pestle.

Heat the oil in pan and when hot add the spices and allow to sizzle for 1 minute. Add the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger and cook for 5 minutes, on a medium heat until softened.

Add the parsnips and sweet potatoes and cook for another few minutes. Add a splash of water before adding the turmeric to stop it sticking to the bottom of the pan. Stir well and then add the mango chutney and the water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes until the parsnips and potatoes are tender. Stir in the lime juice.

Spoon out a few of the vegetable to decorate the soup with and then whizz the rest of the soup until fairly smooth.

Serves 4-6 (I think, but I wasn't counting!)































Happy Soup Making!

32 comments:

  1. Wow Holler, your soup really sounds power packed with tons of flavor!!! Having the parsnip and sweet potato, I bet it has a sweet touch to it! Yum!

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  2. It was rather sweet Deb, but spicy too!

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  3. Looks like rib sticking stuff! :)
    I made my entry today too. Will post later in the week. I have until Thursday, right?

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  4. Wow! That is one soup I would be sure to enjoy! Good choice for your submission Holler.

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  5. I was rib sticking and it was a chilly day, so it was great with some crusty bread!
    Thursday is fine, Wendy!

    Thanks Lisa!

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  6. Ack! Four days!
    I made my soup, the camera is giving me grief... going up soon...

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  7. Hey Tadmack, Oh no! Not the new camera! Argh! I will cross my fingers! Maybe it is just tired!

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  8. Hello Marmite Hater :P Great looking soup and I'm looking forward to the next round up.

    Good luck if you do try my suggested spicy soup- you may want to go easy on the dried chilli at first depending on how spicy you like your soup. For me, it was perfect but for my brit hubby his mouth was on fire.

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  9. Curried vegetable soups are good. I like the use of the mango chutney in this one. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes would balance the spiciness nicely.

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  10. I don't think I have ever had parsnips before-they arent easily purchased here in the states but I am on my way to the grocer to see if they have some. I also want to make some parsnip pancakes. I think this is the best spice soup so far as I can tell for the contest.

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  11. Hi Pixie, I am proud to be known thus forth as the Marmite Hater! Bleuch!
    I think I may be in the same category as your husband as far as chilli is concerned!

    Hey Kevin, I just had to use some of my Hot Mango Chutney!

    Hi Jan, Thanks! Parsnips are very traditional here, especially at Christmas when we love to roast them!

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  12. This soup probably tastes as good as it looks Holler:D

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  13. Hello Val, it was a nice change and I had some cheap parsnips to use up. As many of my winter soups are, it was lovely and thick, a meal in itself!

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  14. I'm really liking the idea of chutney as a flavoring in soup! Great idea!

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  15. Thanks Lisarene! I think it would be nice to add a little just as a topping, added before serving.

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  16. I love the idea of adding mango chutney - that would have given some flavour! And it reminds me I must make more of parsnips this winter! (Have sent you my soup - once I got over the chillis I loved this challenge and even got to use a chilli from a friend's garden

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  17. Looks like a hearty and tasty soup! I also really like the addition of the mango chutney to the mix

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  18. Hi Johanna, I am glad you joined in! Do you feel any better about chilli now? It was good, getting some from your friend's garden!

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  19. Hi Mike, I think it would be good dolloped on top of a soup as well! My hot mango chutney is quite sweet though!

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  20. Soup's up - and it wasn't the camera that was the problem, but my computer. Camera is very happy, still. :)

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  21. Hi Davimack Thanks for the soup! I am glad the camera is ok, I panicked there for a minute! Phew!

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  23. Great combo. I like the idea of adding in some mango chutney.

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  24. felt great about the chilli once it was in but have a wee mental block when it comes to food that bites back!

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  25. Ooh - I could really do with a bowl of this soup right now. It seems to have gone so chilly again!
    Bet it was delicious - it looks a really perfect consistency too.

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  26. Mmmmmmm - much yumminess!

    Better get my skates on and get my entry in :-)

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  27. Sorry YHCC, I am vegetarian, so I won't be linking.

    Hi A Forkful of Spaghetti, I had just opened a jar of my mango chutney and was inspired to add some!

    Hey, it was a step forward Johanna!

    Hi Antonia, Roll on Summer, I say!

    I await it with anticipation Jen!

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  28. Your soup looks glorious. I tried a parsnip garam masala soup that was so sweet, I couldn't even eat it. Sorry I won't be able to be part of the roundup this month. I can't wait to try everyone else's though!

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  29. They are looking good, Ruth!

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  30. I can't remember ever eating parsnips, but this soups and looks awesome! Especially with the sweet potato, yum.

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