12 March, 2008

Winter Warmers: Carrot-Coconut Shorba

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Carrot-Coconut Shorba

Warm, cold, cold, cold, warm, warm, cold, warm, cold…

No, I am not chanting some mantra nor I have gone mad. Well, it’s my usual grumbling about the weather here in Britain. I guess I can write a thesis on changing weather and still be left with much more thing to talk about. Two weeks back it was earthquake and now its flood warning!!! Mother Earth is really angry at us and I am not surprised! Even 5 year olds are talking about Global Warming and its consequence!!! When I was of their age all I talked about was how snow white got her price charming and thinking of getting married to my prince charming. I even remember asking my parents for coloured television as my wedding gift!!! Ah!!! My first love, an Idiot Box.

I did it again, drifted away from current topic. Well, what was I talking about?! Oh yes, weather. We are experiencing quite unusual change in weather once in every few hours. Don’t be surprised to see if it starts to snow just when the sky was clear a moment ago with bright sunshine kissing the lovely daffodils. At once you see sun shining and next moment he is hiding behind the black clouds. It feels like weather god is busy playing games with us but not everyone is amused with his little games here. It’s very common to see people falling sick as the weather changes. With truck loads of work on my desk and deadline fast approaching I try not to take any risk when it comes to health. So we have been cooking and eating food which are good source of anti-oxidants and help in keeping us fit. If you are planning to visit us be prepared to be welcomed with big steaming pot of broth cooking in our kitchen. It’s a common to see piping bowl of soup and warm bread direct from oven in our household.

K and I both enjoy soup with bread. We both love experiment with the ingredients and use fresh produce from farmer’s market. Last weekend we bought big basket full of carrots from farmer’s market and decided to make soup. As carrots are rich source of vitamin A and C and also anti-oxidants we use them quite often, be it raw or cooked. Carrots are considered to be the ‘best vegetable’ for balanced diet. Sometime back I had watched Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe of Carrot-Coconut Shorba which immediately caught my attention. Carrot and coconut, a marriage made in heaven!!! He used king of spices and Indian spices to spice up this sweet vegetable and creamy coconut milk. No more convincing was required to cook this for our dinner. Although carrot and coconut milk are the main ingredients which are sweet in flavour, the real punch comes from black peppercorns, chilli, fresh cilantro and other spices. The burst of flavour you experience when sipping this bowl of soup is makes this recipe a keeper. I am sending this Carrot-Coconut Shorba to Holler of Tinned Tomatoes who is hosting March edition of No Croutons Required and the theme is Spicy Vegetarian Soups.


Carrot-Coconut Shorba
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves: 3-4
Recipe Source: Sanjeev Kapoor

Ingredients:
4-5 medium Carrots, peeled and sliced to ½ cm pieces
1 cup Coconut Milk
1 medium Onion, roughly sliced
1 tsp Black Peppercorns (Adjust acc to taste)
2-3 Green Chillies (adjust acc to taste)
1 tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
½ tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tbsp Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
Few Curry Leaves
1 tsp Oil
4-5 cups Water
Salt to taste


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Carrot & Coconut Milk for Shorba

Method:
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. When mustard starts to pop and splutter, add jeera and sauté.
When jeera starts to sizzle, add roughly sliced onion, whole green chillies, black peppercorns and sauté for a minute.
Mix in sliced carrots, salt to taste and close the lid. Cook the carrots covered without adding any water for five minutes, sautéing in between.
Add water, coriander leaves and cook for further five minutes over a medium heat till carrots turn tender.
Drain the water and reserve. When it is cool enough to handle grind carrot mixture adding little reserved stock at a time to smooth paste.
Transfer reserved stock, ground carrot paste and cook for 2-3 minutes. Mix in coconut milk and cook for another 2-3 minutes on a medium flame.
Adjust the seasoning and serve hot garnished with a splash of coconut milk and enjoy.

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Carrot-Coconut Shorba


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Happy cook said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I do make carrot soup but then the bland one,onions, carrots, veggie broth and a dash of cream and peper.
Well after seeing this carrot soup, I have declared i am not going to make mine anymore.
Will make this version next time.

Asha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hey Sia, I know! We had a warm day one day and you get up in the morning to see a blanket of snow outside. World is going all crazy these days!!Y'day you needed a coat, today it's 65F and very sunny, great for cleaning kitchen. I did clean until almost 1pm, had a shower and found that I have nothing to eat except bit of rice, yogurt, pickle and khara chutney!!:P

Anyway, I could use that yummy soup right now, looks gorgeous.Great entry. I won't be able to send any to her until after April. I have 3 more posts to go, that's it! Got a Arusuvai package on Saturday, will be cooking today!:)

Take it easy at work, have a great day.

Ben said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

The weather in London sounds like the weather here in Ohio. We had a warm day and the very next one we had the biggest snowstorm the city has seen.

What are we going to do? Cook delicious food to warm us up, of course. Haha, delicious pictures, as usual.

Cheers!

musical said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Been on a coconut binge myself lately, so this one will be tried immediately :). Great recipe, Sups. And hey, this is lovable winters or peak summers :-D. Its been kinda' hot here in Los Angeles for a cpl. of days with some mellowing today. I agree with you about getting sick, i was sailing in that boat a cpl. of weeks ago :-D.

Laavanya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love all the pictures and the pretty swirls on the soup... Yummy.

Roopa said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi sia, carrot coconut shorba looks so delicious :)

Cham said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Ha the weather in England is always mysterious! The soup color is very tempting :)

Vani said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

The picture looks great, Sup! I love your photography! You wanted a color TV for your wedding? - so sweet!! How our perspectives change over time, na? Nyways, good luck with the weather there!

Mallika said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Those photos are amazing. I love the sound of the shorba too. Isn't Sanjeev Kapoor great? I have his khana khazana book.

Pooja said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

The second pic is a winner click Sia . I never heard of it , looks too tempting to try . I know whats going to make in this weekend's kitchen now :) .
thanks a lot for sharing.

indosungod said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Tell me about it Sia, the weather has had us in its clutches and misery for over a month now.

As for the soup, that is one delicious and sunshiny looking bowl full of delight:)

Annu said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow thats fantastic....and colourful.....

Meera said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

That shorba really looks mouthwatering. Delicious!

Nags said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

here i am, boiling away in the hyderabad heat and u write about winter warmers?! that too with such sinfully delicious pictures? unfair!! :D

Aparna said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I liked tyhe idea of coconut in that shorba and the picture is gorgeous.
Right now, I wouldn't mind some of that cold as its pretty hot out here, 35C today! And there's another 2 1/2 months of summer yet.

Padmaja said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sups!!
Oh yes, we definitely need something like this. Looks gorgeous!!

Siri said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Even we are having some warm, some cold days here..:)).. and the soup looks so comforting Sia.. Lovely pics I must say!

Thanks for ur sweeet comment dear... I am still there Sia.. just a little utterly butterly break to rest and cope up with other things in life.. will post soon.. Thanks for inquiring babes!

Siri

Mona said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Everyone's talking about spring, and there's no spring to be seen anywhere at my place as yet. And wat i crave for always are warming dishes, and soups. Carrot and coconut milk combo looks too good, Will make this tonight. Thnx for sharing!!

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sunita said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia,that looks gorgeous...and yes, don't talk about the weather...how are the gales in your neck of the woods...take care.

Archy said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Spring is just starting here in Kansas :)!! Yup, All over the world the weather is becoming verse day by day !!

Wonderful Carrot coconut shorba Sia.. Tempting pic !!
Dont no Why.. I never made soups :(!! If some one makes it i can have it happily :D !!

Dhivya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

wow!lovley color and presentation sia...is it fare enough to tempting us like this???

TBC said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Love the fabulous color, Sia! :-)

Richa said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

that soup looks so tempting, Sia :) gotta' get me some carrots now ;)

Pragyan said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Guess what? I have 2 carrots and half a can of coconut milk lying in my fridge..time to make your shorba :)Will post about it soon..Thanks!

Coffee said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Haha.... and you even have the same presentation like his!! Love it! I was noting down that recipe when it came of TV and then I misplaced that paper..... Don't have to worry now! ;)

Uma said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wonderful Shorba and lovely pictures Sia.

bee said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

you've given a great idea to make this with a twist. will try it shortly. lovely recipe.

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wonderful and a comforting shorba there....

Miri said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

What a beautiful heart warming soup this is....lovely colours and the flavours seem to reach out of the pic!

Srivalli said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

sia..that looks gorgeous..what a colour...must've been very yummy right

Lavi said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia..soups..thats what iam hanging on now.. as you say..climate here at chennai is so cloudy(it is supposed to be very sunny).

Saswati said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi Sia!! you are so right about the weather...even here its the same.Carrot and coconut...such a wonderful combination....as usual beautiful snaps.

Revathi said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

The picture of the shorba is very appealing..
The weather even in bay area is very inconsistent...But spring is just around the corner !!

RAKS KITCHEN said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Thats a lovely looking shorba Sia!Like the combo of carrot and coocnut milk! your photography is excelent!

DEEPA said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Fist of all ..i must say ..pics are just awesome ...no words to discribe ..and this shorba is a perfect winter warmer...

Lisa said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Oh, this sounds very healthy and tasty. Thanks so much for participating in our event!

AnuZi said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

IM BACK MUHAHAHAHA <-insert more evil laughter. Ok moving on
I realized I missed many of wonderful entries and I been catching up on it all. Soup looks yum! Can I say "Please sir/maam, Can I have some more" <-insert weak British accent.

Sreelu said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia, looks so warm and tasty, new combination carrot and coconut

Home said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow,your shorba looks delicious!!! I love Sanjeev Kapoor recipes.Thanks.

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KayKat said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I am so loving this. Any shorba makes me super happy :) And with carrots, you just can't go wrong!

Soup+bread rocks, I just posted about these last night.

Mansi Desai said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

no one could jusdge from the ingredients and think this would be a spicy soup:) I have everything on hand, so I'm gonna try this one Sia! lovely pics gal:)

Mallory Elise said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

oh my god that sounds so good....coconuts are, are, are seductive!!! beautiful photo really -saw ya at food gawker ;)

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