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Moroccan Carrot Soup

Posted in Soups by janet @ the taste space on April 23, 2010

Here is a lovely easy and simple carrot soup with a bit of pizazz from cumin to give you a Moroccan flavour. Since returning from a trip to Turkey, I have been craving Turkish food which melds Greek, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine all into itself.  As I investigate a few of the Turkish cookbooks out there, help yourself to a bowl of this delicious carrot soup. It was adapted from the original recipe in April 2010′s issue of Bon Appétit but also spotted here and here. Don’t skip the yogurt as it makes it nice and creamy. I didn’t roast the cumin, but I am sure it would add another dimension of flavour, as the carrots work well with the lemon and allspice.

This is my submission to AWED (A Worldly Epicurean’s Delight) featuring African cuisine and Magazine Mondays hosted by Cream Puffs in Venice.

Moroccan Carrot Soup

2 tablespoons or less of butter or oil
1 cup chopped white onion
1 pound large carrots, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 2 2/3 cups)
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds (I used ground cumin without any roasting)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup plain yogurt, stirred to loosen

1. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes. Mix in carrots. Add broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until carrots are very tender, about 20 minutes (longer if you want them really tender to make a creamy soup).

2. Stir cumin seeds in small skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes; cool. Finely grind in spice mill. (I skipped this step but I am sure it would be wonderful)

3. Remove soup from heat. Puree in batches in blender until smooth. Return to same pan. Whisk in honey, lemon juice, and allspice. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle yogurt over; sprinkle generously with cumin.

Serves 4.

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  1. PJ said, on April 24, 2010 at 2:28 AM

    Thanks for the wonderful entry.Looks delicious.

  2. Jacqueline said, on April 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    That sounds wonderful. I am going to try this one.

  3. Ivonne said, on April 25, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    I’m not the biggest carrot fan but you make me want to go out and buy a few pounds and make this soup!!!

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  5. jibek said, on May 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    A very healthy meal!Me and my partner are doing a great Turkish food.I’m sure you’ll find many things our blog.
    You’ve got a very good recipe.I want to look at all the recipes :)
    Greetings from Turkey…

    • Saveur said, on May 9, 2010 at 12:03 PM

      Hi Jibek, Your blog looks awesome but I wish more recipes were in English!

  6. Katie said, on May 8, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    I just stumbled upon this site today… hooray for more foodie websites to add to my daily browse! I tried the Bon Appétit version of this recipe but substituted butternut squash for the carrots, and it was delicious.

    • Saveur said, on May 9, 2010 at 12:02 PM

      Hey Katie, I am so happy to hear you like my blog. :) I love butternut squash so I am sure your variation was delicious as well.

  7. Sarah said, on May 27, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Made this soup for dinner tonight. It’s very easy and quite good!

    • Saveur said, on May 28, 2010 at 5:56 AM

      Hi Sarah, I am so happy you enjoyed it! I agree, it is super easy. :)

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