Friday, November 16, 2012

Thai Spicy Carrot Soup


Perhaps its a known fact that Thai food is a favourite among many and let me conveniently include us in the same group. That's why I am a small time "pro" in cooking Thai dishes because as they say; experience is the best teacher. I have also mentioned in Thai Green Chicken Curry that the magical ingredient for Thai food is obviously Thai fish sauce which adds a delicious dimension to savoury dishes.

However please be careful with the amount you add because it is salty. Initially I was generous with the sauce and that led to a couple of disasters. Now I balance it with salt but still, tasting is advisable before adding. The recipe for this soup was extracted from an old magazine.  I read and I tweeted. Its a creamy, rich and lemongrass scented soup, served with toast for a complete hearty meal.  

Ingredients
2 medium size carrots - remove skin and slice into medium size pieces
1 cup coconut/carton milk (coconut milk is advisable for creaminess)
1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp anchovies granules (optional)
Coriander leaves - chopped (as needed)
3 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

To blend/process
2 tbsp dried prawns - soaked in water for about 10 mins
4 shallots
1 lemongrass
2 red chillies
** blend/process to a smooth paste
Method
When oil is heated, fry paste till aromatic and oil splits.
Add carrots and pour two cups of water.
Simmer over low heat till carrots becomes soft and tender.
Remove from heat and let it cool down a bit.
Add in blender/processor and pulse for a thick smooth purée.
Pour into a pot and simmer over low heat.
When soup is heated through, add coconut milk, fish sauce, anchovies granules stock and salt .
Stir to combine all the ingredients and remove from heat.
Garnish with spring onions and serve with grilled bread slices.
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10 comments:

  1. I love carrot soups...tried adding some pumpkin in for a creamier taste...replaces coconut or milk to a certain extent.

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  2. I love the thai twist to this delish soup :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. Gorgeous soup, Nava! And creamy carrot sounds perfect with Thai flavors!

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  4. what a vibrant, beautiful color! sounds and looks delicious.

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  5. I love thai food, though I have never made at home from scratch. This is a beautiful soup, on my menu for next week.

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  6. interesting. I have not tried spicy carrot soup before. what a twist to a carrot soup.

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  7. Heck yeah! That's a super pretty soup and it sound faaaaabulous :)

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  8. Saving your soup for later - my husband will love it!!

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