Indian Tamarind, Carrot and Coconut Soup

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Indian Tamarind, Carrot and Coconut Soup

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This tangy and spicy vegetable and tamarind soup was adapted by me, as I can never resist adding my own touches. I used carrots instead of the squash and included some green beans that I did not want to go to waste and also added some sun-dried tomatoes for an extra tangy-ness. I suggest you use the soaking liquid from the sun-dried tomatoes as it is like gold and imparts a nice flavor to this creamy, warming and nourishing soup. Serve with rice for a delicious and balanced meal.

Indian Tamarind, Carrot and Coconut SoupIndian Tamarind, Carrot and Coconut Soup
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Adapted from Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey
Cuisine: Indian
Published on February 26, 2011

Creamy, warming and nourishing Indian-spiced soup loaded with vegetables and lentils and seasoned with tangy tamarind

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  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons ghee, butter or oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • large handful of dried curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons sambar masala
  • 2 to 3 fresh green chilies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 lb (450 g) carrots, diced
  • handful of green beans, chopped
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 6 to 7 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt, or to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup rice flour diluted in 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in 1 cup of hot water for 20 minutes, then drain, reserving the soaking liquid. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes and set aside.

  • Heat the ghee, butter or oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When hot, add the mustard seeds and stir for 30 to 60 seconds or until they turn grey and begin to splutter and pop. Add the fenugreek seeds and continue to stir for another 30 seconds. Now add the onion and stir for 5 minutes.

  • Toss in the curry leaves, curry powder, sambar masala, chilies, carrots, green beans and lentils, and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in 6 cups of the vegetable stock or water and the reserved sun-dried tomato soaking liquid. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for 40 minutes or until the lentils and vegetables are tender. Add more stock or water as desired to achieve your desired consistency.

  • Remove from heat and blend a portion the soup with a hand blender or in batches in a countertop blender or food processor. Return the soup to the stove and stir in the coconut milk, rice flour mixture, tamarind paste and sugar. Cover again and simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Remove from heat, taste for seasoning, and stir in the cilantro. Serve hot.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Indian Tamarind, Carrot and Coconut Soup

More Indian Soups from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Indian Chickpea and Pumpkin Soup
Curried Indian Vegetable Soup
Indian Sour Mung Bean Soup
Indian-Style Gazpacho

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Unknown said...

Absolutely amazing and tempting.

Sweet Artichoke said...

What a delicious, flavourful soup!
Can't resist food with tamarind and curry leaves!

CurryLeaf said...

I thght it had only Iranian recipes. Thanks for the description. The gravy/soup looks great.Excellent combo