Wintery Carrot and Parsnip Turmeric Soup

When you have the Winter blues, when the Winter Lurgy has you in it’s grips, when you dream of sunshine because it has been absent for so long, it is time for soup! Soup restores sanity, spirits, optimism and health.

This soup takes a tray full of roasted vegetables and whizzes them into a soup. I’ve layered flavours with roasted onions as well as butter-sweated leeks, white pepper and black pepper, and the tiered flavours of Garam Masala. Underpinning it all is a healthy dose of turmeric and garlic, ingredients that will keep you healthy, or make you better when you are not at the top of your game. Into it all goes the sweet-tart caramelised flavours of roasted lemon for that needed hit of “sour” that enlivens any dish. It also balances out the sweetness of Winter carrots.

Carrots are best in winter. There is something about the coldness of Winter that intensifies the flavour of carrots. How precious they are in their sweetness and affinity for a range of vegetable combinations.

You might like to read more about the Spice mix, Garam Masala. As mentioned, it is used in this recipe to add layers of spice flavours which are warming without necessarily being hot in the chilli-hot sense. The spice mix for garam masala varies from region to region, so if you have not used it before, add a little at first, taste, and add more until it suits your spice comfort levels.

Similar recipes include Spicy Crushed Carrots with Yoghurt, 10 Min Broth and Bits Soup, French Carrot Soup, South Indian Carrot Soup, Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup, and Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup.

All of our Soup recipes are here, (specifically our Carrot Soups here) and browse our Carrot recipes.  Or explore our wonderful Mid Winter recipes, especially our Mid Winter Soups.

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South Indian Carrot Soup

Here is another of the quick soups from Vol 4 of Cook and See – this volume of Meenakshi Ammal’s cookbooks is by Priya Ramkumar. It is a 1970’s style soup, quick and easy, simple and fresh, and surprisingly packed full of flavour. They make great luncheon soups with a salad and some fresh crunchy bread, or a perfect beginning to a heavier meal.

I have written elsewhere about the role of these South Indian soups, so check out the others in this series for comments and my experiences in India.

Similar recipes include South Indian Palak Soup, Caldo, Indian Vegetable Soup with Cumin, South Indian Green Peas Soup, South Indian Cauliflower Soup, and South Indian Spring Onion Soup.

Browse all of our South Indian Soups, and indeed, all of our Soups. Our Indian recipes are here and Indian Essentials here. Or enjoy our collection of Mid Winter dishes.

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Soupe aux Carottes Nivernaises | A French Carrot Soup from Nivernais

One more soup for the cold weather in the wintery regions. A French Carrot Soup, Soupe aux Carottes Nivernaises. A very special soup, this one. Warming and buttery, sweet and luxurious, it deserves a place at your winter table.

This soup is a specialty of Nivernais, a former province of France, around the city of Nevers that forms the modern department of Nièvre, which ennobles the carrot in its coat-of-arms! Old recipes have twice the amount of sugar as carrots, but today, this amount is greatly reduced.

Similar recipes include Turnip Soup with Yoghurt and Coriander-Walnut Paste, Parsnip and Carrot Soup with Crispy Garlic, Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup, South Indian Carrot Soup, and Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup.

You can browse all of our other Carrot Soups. Or you might like to browse our Carrot recipes and Soup recipes. French recipes are here. Or check out our easy Late Winter recipes here.

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Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup

A quick soup taking only 30 minutes to cook.

A quick soup with carrots and tomatoes, taking only 30 minutes to cook. Roasted tomatoes or charred tomatoes are great to use as much as possible. They have a sweet intense charry flavour that is really enjoyable. I often make a large tray full and keep them in the fridge to use in various ways.

But if you don’t have roasted tomatoes on hand, just use a tin of whole or diced tomatoes instead. This makes it a very quick soup.

If you made and froze various tomato purees and sauces in Autumn, they can also replace the roasted tomatoes.

You might also like to try Cream of Potato and Tomato Soup with Leeks, Soupe aux Carottes Nivernaises, Carrot and Coriander Soup, Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup, and Magical Parsnip and Carrot Soup.

You can browse  all Soup Recipes here and here. Or browse carrot recipes here. Be inspired by our Winter recipes here.

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Wintery Carrot and Coriander Soup

There is something about the coldness of winter that intensifies the flavour of carrots.

Carrots are best in winter. There is something about the coldness of this winter that intensifies the flavour of carrots. How precious they are in their sweetness and affinity for a range of vegetable combinations.

This soup is a winner, but forgive me, I don’t have a photo of it yet. So rather than drool over a photo, get the carrots out of the fridge and the soup pan from the cupboard and make the soup this afternoon. You won’t regret it.

Similar recipes include South Indian Carrot Soup, Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup, and Ginger Garlic Lentil Soup.

Are you looking for soup recipes? Here are our recipes, and browse carrot recipes too. You might like to read more about the spice Coriander. Or be inspired by our Mid Winter recipes.

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Spicy Roasted Carrot and Apple Soup

I really love this soup, for a couple of reasons. The roasting of apples and carrots highlights their flavours, and it is a great soup for Autumn and Winter. Furthermore, my Father loved it. There can be no better recommendation that that 🍲😊 . During his last years I would often make it and take it over for him in Winter. Now I make it on his birthday in memory of him. I have lots of good reminiscences on that day.

It’s an interesting soup – you might call it reminiscent of “English Curry” – that old fashioned notion of a curry that was somewhat sweet with its flavour with the gentle heat of spices. So the curry powder in this recipe with the sweetness of the apple and carrots is beautiful and a bit old fashioned. Blended soups per se are a bit out of fashion too, so this one is quite out of date. But still – divine.

Just a note on the curry powder. Well, it is a bit like saying “3 cups flour” – what flour? Plain, self raising, whole meal, bread flour, coconut flour, …? Curry powder can be mild, gentle or hot. It can contain many spices or just a few. In this dish, the recipe is flexible enough to use whatever curry powder you have at hand. Add it little by little until a mild heat is achieved.  You can also use sambar powder, rasam powder or Middle Eastern and North African spice mixes.

Do you want to make your own curry powder? Check out our recipes.

Similar recipes include Cream of Roasted Swede Soup, Soupe aux Carottes Nivernaises, Carrot and Coriander Soup, and Magical Parsnip and Carrot Soup.

Also try Curry Roasted Carrots with Curry Leaves, Lime Leaves and Tart Citrus Juice.

Are you looking for more warming soups? Browse our soup recipes here. Or browse our Carrot recipes, and Apple recipes.  Find inspiration in our Mid Winter recipes.

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Roasted Garlic and Carrot Soup

The original recipe called for raw garlic. It really was garlicky. Over time we have modified it to use roasted garlic, and about half the amount.

If you use the original recipe, it could lead to instant divorce and severe lack of friends from garlic overload. 🤣🤣🤣

Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series. You might also like our Soup recipes here.

If you are looking for garlic recipes they are here. It it is carrots that you are after try here.

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A Magical Spicy Parsnip and Carrot Soup with Crispy Garlic

A hearty soup complimented by crispy garlic.

Parsnips are under-rated. It has something to do with the fact that they can be woody if they are too old or bought out of season.But buy them when they are in season and at their prime, and they are wonderful winter vegetables.

Are you after similar recipes? Try Creamy Parsnip Soup with Curry Spices, Soupe aux Carottes Nivernaises, South Indian Carrot Soup, Parsnip and Barley Soup with Garlic and SageRoasted Parsnip Soup with Spices, and Carrot and Roasted Tomato Soup.

You can browse all of our Parsnip recipes, and our Carrot recipes. Explore our Soups too. Or be inspired by our Mid Winter recipes.

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