Comforting spiced cauliflower soup

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This unique flavour will instantly become your favourite winter dish! Source: Getty.

With so many delicious soups and stews to choose from, it can be hard to decide on the best comfort food to warm you up this winter. Luckily, this dish perfectly combines healthy cauliflower with cream and an Indian inspired flavour that will have everyone reaching back for seconds. The small but powerful addition of curry paste adds a little kick to the creamy soup that is guaranteed to make it stand out. Don’t forget to serve it up with a side of pappadums to get the full Indian curry experience!

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 1 large green chilli, seeded, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mild curry paste
  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets, plus extra to serve.
  • 1 large potato, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1 litre (4 cups) chicken style liquid stock or vegetable liquid stock
  • 250ml light cream for cooking, or a cream alternative
  • 6 sprigs curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, extra, to shallow fry

Method

  1. Heat oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook onion, garlic, ginger and chilli, while stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion softens. Add curry paste and cook for 1 minute or until aromatic. Add cauliflower, potato and chicken stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until potato and cauliflower are tender. Remove from heat. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
  2. Transfer cauliflower mixture to jug of blender. Blend together until smooth. Return to saucepan. Place over low heat. Stir in cream to combine. Cook for 2 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Meanwhile, heat extra oil in small frying pan over medium heat. Cook half the curry leaves for 1 minute or until crisp. Transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining curry leaves. Carefully stir through soup mixture. Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with extra cauliflower florets and cracked pepper. Serve.

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