Curried Cauliflower Soup

Curried Cauliflower Soup

Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of cauliflower in our farmers boxes. Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that doesn’t overly excite me, so it ends up sitting in the fridge and looking at me forlornly while I ignore it in place of vegetables that I prefer. I don’t like wasting food, so a couple of weeks ago I decided to do something with the cauliflower and see if I could make it something I would enjoy, and enjoy it I did. In fact I enjoyed it so much I’ve made this Curried Cauliflower Soup three times since the first time I made it. If that’s not an endorsement I don’t know what is.  If you don’t like cauliflower this may well be one of those recipes that will change your mind about it.

Given our wedding is only 6 weeks away I’m trying to eat a little more healthily. That doesn’t mean cakes have been completely abandoned, but I do want to try and look my best in my dress without going overboard. As far as I’m concerned food is to be enjoyed, and I really don’t cope well trying to depriving myself of things. Life is too short to feel deprived of the food you love.  Everything in moderation is the key, and even better if it’s healthy and delicious.

Cauliflower

This Curried Cauliflower Soup fits the bill perfectly in terms of being healthy, nutritious and delicious. Cauliflower is low in calories, high in fibre and vitamin C, and is a good source of iron, calcium and vitamins B1, B5 and B6. It also has wonderful anti-cancer properties, making cauliflower, along with other cruciferous vegetables, a wonderful inclusion to anyones diet.

So tell me, did you follow any diets before your wedding or did you continue to enjoy the foods you love?

 

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Curried Cauliflower Soup

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Curried Cauliflower Soup
 
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Adapted from Taste.com.au
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 desiree potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ a red chilli, chopped
  • ½ medium cauliflower, leaves removed and cut into small florets
  • 1.25 litres of vegetable stock
  • ½ cup low-fat natural yoghurt
Instructions
  1. Place a large saucepan or stock pot over medium-high heat and add the oil. Add the onion, potato and garlic and cook until the onion softens, around 5 minutes.
  2. Add the turmeric, coriander, cumin and chilli and cook stirring for 1 minute or until aromatic before adding the cauliflower and stock. Cover and bring to the boil and then reduce to a medium low simmer. Simmer, partially covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
  3. Using a stick or immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth. Return the to a medium-low heat and stir in ⅓ cup of the yoghurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with an extra dollop of yoghurt and crusty bread, or for something slightly different, serve with pappadums.
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25 Comments

  1. Martyna @ Wholesome Cook July 25, 2012  10:22 am Reply

    Sounds fantastic! I've always liked cauliflower but it can be a little light on flavour and smells funny when cooking... the spices would make the flavour and fragrance much more palatable! Great idea!

  2. Theresa Stinson July 25, 2012  10:39 am Reply

    OMG, I so cannot wait to make this. And I've got half a cauli sitting there just waiting for it to be made into soup!!

  3. Claire @ Claire K Creations July 25, 2012  11:16 am Reply

    Oh Jen we are so alike.
    My theory was - why would I want to deprive myself, get really skinny and then look at the photos and think 'I'll never look like that again!'
    I just wanted to look like me.
    I do terribly with deprivation and I think what's the point of life if you can't have the things you enjoy (in moderation!)?!

    • Jennifer July 25, 2012  11:19 am Reply

      Exactly! Of course I want to look the best I can on my wedding day, but ultimately I still want to look like me. :) I'm glad I'm not the only one who isn't into depriving themselves just so they can be teeny tiny. Besides, life is too short not to be able to make chocolate cake and eat it too :D

  4. Jaejaejae July 25, 2012  11:36 am Reply

    Looks delicious. I'm trying this one!

  5. Elizabeth July 25, 2012  11:59 am Reply

    I've never been big on cauliflower (bad memories of cauliflower as a kid) but this looks good, I think I'll give it a try while they're in season!

  6. Carole July 25, 2012  12:02 pm Reply

    I love cauliflower and curry, so will definitely be making this.
    Six weeks! That is just around the corner. :)

  7. Rachael July 25, 2012  1:11 pm Reply

    Yay! I too have had an over abundance of cauliflower in my farmer box and there is just so much cauliflower two people can eat in a week. I've made three different soups using cauliflower, and I didn't want to do a creamy cauliflower soup. But this recipe looks brilliant. Next cauliflower will be curried and souped!

  8. Suzanne Perazzini July 25, 2012  1:52 pm Reply

    I love the sound of this soup with all those spices. I think of cauliflower as a bit tasteless but recently I have come across and made some surprising recipes with it as a substitute for couscous and rice when processed really finely.

  9. Choc Chip Uru July 25, 2012  2:36 pm Reply

    Cauliflower is the best my friend, and I love it in this form :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  10. Helen July 25, 2012  2:53 pm Reply

    The soup sounds lovely. Another option if you're not too fond of the texture of cauliflower, is to bake it in the oven in olive oil (with other veggies if you like). It browns up nicely and gets a lovely nutty flavour.

    • Jennifer July 28, 2012  9:01 am Reply

      Your suggestion of roasted cauliflower sounds fantastic Helen :D

  11. Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 25, 2012  3:12 pm Reply

    Cauliflower with curry is one of my favorites. This soup looks scrumptious!

  12. Rosa July 25, 2012  5:10 pm Reply

    A gorgeous combination and soup! Lipsmackingly good.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  13. cc11 July 26, 2012  12:46 pm Reply

    I am also always on the lookout for interesting cauliflower dishes (as I find it a touch dull) - so thanks for yet another one to try!

    And in regards to dieting before my wedding, all I changed was no longer eating past 7pm, which helped me slim down a little but other than that I didn't change what I actually ate. Looking back I would have liked to tone up a little more but I didn't feel the need back then.

    • Jennifer July 28, 2012  8:59 am Reply

      Your tip of not eating past 7pm is a great one. I'll have to try it :D

  14. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings July 26, 2012  1:30 pm Reply

    OMG, Jen! Congrats on the shortlist inclusion! What an honour - esp from Cosmopolitan UK! Will head over there to vote soon...Anyway, I keep forgetting it's winter in your neck of the woods, hehe! I just bought a whole head of cauliflower as well - perhaps I will grill it for now :), but your recipe is definitely bookmarked for Fall!

    • Jennifer July 28, 2012  8:59 am Reply

      Thanks Jen :D Grilled cauliflower sounds fantastic.

  15. Moya July 26, 2012  4:00 pm Reply

    Cauliflower is a favourite vegetable of mine and love it in soup... even when I was a child I never refused to eat it! Wedding plans and honeymoon what an exciting time for you both. No diets before the wedding... but almost 25 years later, a few so called diets have been required! :)

    • Jennifer July 28, 2012  8:56 am Reply

      It is very exciting. I can't wait. I might share a few photos, if I like them :D

  16. Nami | Just One Cookbook July 28, 2012  3:11 am Reply

    I always love cauliflower and especially loved my mom's cauliflower & tomato soup with shrimp in it. Your curried version sounds nice and comfy!



  17. Aunt Clara July 31, 2012  10:50 am Reply

    Although cauliflower is grown barely 3 hours from my home, unfortunately it almost never looks as pretty as that when it reaches our local supermarket. If it did I would probably use it more. I think I have only one cauliflower recipe in my blog. If I find a decent looking one I will give your recipe a try. I am a fan of everything curry.

  18. Asmita August 1, 2012  12:57 am Reply

    This is such a wholesome soup! We love soups and salads at my house and will try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

 

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