Saturday, 14 November 2009

Carrot, Split Pea & Coconut Soup

The theme for No Croutons Required this month is root vegetables, and my first thought was to give you a leek & potato soup recipe that I made a couple of weeks ago, and have been meaning to blog ever since.

Then, I got ill.

Without going into too much detail (I don't want to put you off your food), it was a few days before I was back to eating 'normally'. I don't know about you, but I find soup is a lifesaver if I'm feeling sick, and I was extremely thankful to find, at the back of my freezer, some yummy carrot soup from a huge batch I made right back in May.

A couple of days later I was on the road to recovery, and reached the stage where I was just about well enough to stand up for a few minutes to make myself something - but not yet feeling up to eating anything beyond the simplest of flavours.

And that's where today's recipe comes from: quick to prepare (you can leave it to cook itself) and easy to eat, with a good selection of my favourite flavours. I'm sure you don't need to be under the weather to enjoy it!

Carrot, Split Pea & Coconut Soup

Carrot, Split Pea & Coconut Soup
Serves 4

1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1tbsp olive oil
6 large carrots
400g yellow split peas (dried)
1 vegetable stock cube
2pts boiling water
50g creamed coconut
pepper & chilli (to taste)

  1. Finely chop onion, garlic, and carrots, and fry in olive oil until the onion softens.

  2. Add boiling water, stock cube, and the split peas, and bring to the boil.

  3. Leave to simmer over a low heat for about an hour, until the carrots and split peas are soft.

  4. Break up the carrots & split peas using a potato masher or, if you prefer a smoother texture, a blender.

  5. Dissolve the creamed coconut into the soup, and season to taste.


Chef E said...

This soup looks so delish...I am craving it, but with ham...

gaelikaa said...

Yeah, soups are great! Must make some, it's that time again!

Chris said...

Looks wonderful! I just made a delicious soup called Immunity Surge. I'll email it to you. You might enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

Yum! The soup sounds like real comfort food. Hope you are able to eat with more enjoyment now.

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

My roommate was just talking about wanting some split pea soup. This variety sounds great, and so much more attractive than the green kind :)

Livia said...

I've just been poking around your website. You have the most interesting mix of hobbies! I'm also working on a fantasy involving assassins :-) Glad to meet you!

Louiz said...

Soup is good, someone once joked that I must be the founder member of the Church of Soup. I can always find one that makes me feel better. Yours sounds really tasty.

Daphne said...

This looks very delicious, I make a version similar to this sometimes. Yum!

Joanne said...

Soup is the ultimate feel-better food. Especially one as good as this! I really like that you added coconut to this. It screams comfort food to me.

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