Chilled Indian Spiced Cauliflower Soup

I am always amazed that pureeing cauliflower, onions and stock results in a silky, smooth and really rich feeling soup.  It feels like it is jam packed with fat but it’s not.  The Indian inspired spices make for a wonderfully supportive backbone to the luxuriously smooth consistency.  Like a few of my recent posts, this is also a (nearly) free diet food.


In Pictures:

Chopped Leeks Onions Garlic

Chop (well cleaned!) leeks, onions and garlic to a medium dice.

Ghee and Seeds

Heat ghee until hot.  Add a few cumin seeds.  When they start to sizzle, add the rest of the cumin and ajwain seeds and cook until they begin to crackle. Add whole chilis, if using.

Cooked onions

Quickly add leeks, onions, garlic and a little salt and cook over a low to medium heat until they begin to soften (5-10 minutes).  Add ginger paste and cook until fragrant (~1-2 minutes).

Cooked soup vegetables

Add fenugreek, curry powder, chopped cauliflower and stock.  Bring to a boil and simmer until the cauliflower is very soft (10-20 mintues).  Cool.

Finished Cauliflower Soup

Puree in a blender until completely smooth.  Add yoghurt, lemon and salt and pepper to taste.  Chill.


Recipe

Chilled Indian-Spiced Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 leeks, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp ghee (or high smoke point oil such as grapeseed)
  • 1-2 whole dried chilies (optional)
  • 1 head cauliflower, sliced into small pieces
  • 3-4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ajwain seeds
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp ginger paste (optional)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp fenugreek powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt (fat free Greek) or whipping cream
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Clean leeks to remove any dirt/sand.
  2. Heat ghee or oil in a large pot until shimmering.
  3. Add a few seeds until they pop or crackle.  Add the remaining cumin and ajwain seeds and stir until they crackle.
  4. If using chilies, add and stir for a few seconds.
  5. Add onions and leek. Turn down heat, add a little salt, pepper and cook until soft and translucent.
  6. Add ginger paste and cook for 1 – 2 minutes until fragrant.
  7. Add ground spices, mix and add cauliflower.  Increase heat and bring to a boil.  Decrease heat to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is very soft.  Turn off heat and allow to cool.
  8. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.  Add yoghurt, lemon juice and adjust seasonings to taste.
  9. Chill.

 

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