Eat & Drink: Spicy Carrot Soup with cashew and coriander Salsa

Eat & Drink: Spicy Carrot Soup with cashew and coriander Salsa

With the clocks changing and the weather getting colder, Denise Phillips offers a yummy and warming soup recipe!

Denise Phillips is a Jewish cook and author

 This is a carrot soup with a spicy difference – all the flavours of the East and topped with a toasted cashew nut and coriander salsa. Now the weather has turned more autumnal, a new soup recipe is always welcome.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes.  Cooking Time: 1 hour.  SERVES: 10


  • 2 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons each of cumin and coriander seeds
  • 8 green cardamom pods – crushed and outer shell removed
  • 3 onions – peeled and chopped
  • 2kg carrots – peeled and chopped
  • 4 salad tomatoes – chopped
  • 3cm piece of fresh ginger – peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli – chopped
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 400ml coconut or cashew nut milk
  • 1 lemon – juiced


  • 100g cashew nuts – toasted
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds – toasted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 spring onion – roughly chopped
  • 30g fresh coriander
  • ½ green chilli – deseeded
  • 1 lime – juice and zest

Garnish: Sprigs of fresh coriander

  1. For the soup, heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the seeds and cardamom and cook until they start to sizzle.
  2. Add the onions, carrots, tomatoes, ginger, chilli, turmeric and salt. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  3. Add the stock, bring to the boil, then simmer for 30 minutes or until the carrots are soft.
  4. Liquidise to a smooth consistency.  Add the milk and lemon juice. Taste and season accordingly.  Warm though gently.
  5. For the salsa, blitz the cashew nuts and seeds together until they form a paste. Add the spring onion, fresh coriander, chilli and lime juice.
  6. Season with salt and pepper. Loosen with one tablespoon water and blitz to a creamy consistency.

To serve: Add a spoonful of salsa to the hot soup. Garnish with sprigs of fresh coriander.

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