It’s the start of the Lenten season. Time for reflection, sacrifice and self-discipline. As we embark on another 40 days of introspection, and for some of us fasting, I thought it would be appropriate to begin our journey with a simple, meatless soup. Simple doesn’t have to mean bland, though. This soup is anything but!
If you don’t have it in your pantry already, I highly suggest you buy a jar of curry powder. It may seem intimidating to use it at first, but I promise you… it is such a versatile and flavorful spice, and it can be used in so many dishes. It has transcended just Indian cooking. I’ve had my jar for a while and it has saved me in so many recipes. It’s just great to have it on hand, and it worked well in my first Lenten soup of the year.
This recipe also marries my love of curry with my love of cauliflower. Cauliflower is my favorite raw vegetable and when I was thinking of soup options, this one jumped out quickly. A little creamy, a little spicy, and very fresh!
No matter what your beliefs are, peace to you this Lent!
1 Cauliflower Head – chopped
1 Big White Potato – chopped
2 Cloves Garlic – chopped
1 White Onion – chopped
1 Tablespoon Curry Powder
1/4 cup of chopped Cilantro
2 15 ounce cans of Vegetable Stock
2 Cups Water
1 tablespoon fresh grated Ginger Root
2 pinches of sea salt
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
Cut cauliflower head into florets and reserve one cup of florets chopped into small pieces.
Heat Olive oil in soup pot, add chopped cauliflower, potato, garlic and onion. Cook for 5 minutes or until onions are tender.
Add curry powder and grated ginger, mix together and cook for one minute. Add vegetable stock, water and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and use a hand blender to mix soup until smooth. Add reserved cauliflower florets and half of your chopped cilantro, return pot to heat and cook for another 10 minutes until florets are tender. Once you’re ready to eat, top with as much additional cilantro as you like – to your taste. Enjoy!
SOUP SAVIOR: I received this hand blender as a wedding gift and let me tell you… it’s been getting a workout since I started this cooking blog. It has been incredibly helpful in my soup-making ventures, in fact, I’m not sure I could cook without it. I strongly recommend this hand-blender, however a food processor or a regular blender can do the same job – GET COOKING!