Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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January 14, 2013

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ASHLAND — CURRIED CARROT

AND APPLE SOUP

1 tablespoon coconut oil (or butter or olive oil)

1 cup onion, diced

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated

11⁄2 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoon curry powder

2 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped

1 13.5 ounce can of coconut milk (about 12⁄3 cup)

4 cups water, plus more if soup is too thick

 1⁄2 pound apples (approx. 1 large apple), peeled, cored and cut into chunks

Chopped cilantro and plain yogurt, for garnish

In a large pot over medium-low, melt the coconut oil and sauté the onion and ginger with the salt and curry powder, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel and chop the carrots and apple. When the onions are soft, add the carrots and apple and continue to sauté for a few more minutes. Add the coconut milk and water to the pot and increase the heat. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.

When the carrots and apples are soft, after 20 or 30 minutes of simmering, purée the soup until smooth using either a blender or an immersion blender. If using a blender, only fill the canister halfway and purée in batches to prevent the hot soup from splattering. I also recommend removing the middle part of the blender lid and placing a clean dishtowel or paper towel over the hole while blending. This will allow the steam to escape.

If you find the soup is too thick, add warm water until you reach your desired consistency. Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt and chopped cilantro. The tartness of the yogurt nicely balances the sweetness of the carrots and apples in the soup.

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While I don’t claim to be an expert cook, I do like to cook and love to eat. Readers are encouraged to send questions about food and cooking; I’ll try to find the answers. Also, if you’re looking for a specific recipe, send your request, or if you can offer a recipe to someone looking for something specific, please send e-mail to lward@dailyindependent.com.

 

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