This bold soup is perfectly sweet with a kick of spice. Adjust the flavour by adding more or less lime and this bowl full of goodness will quickly become a household favourite.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
- 57 g / 1/4 cup Crystal margarine
- 1 large onion, diced
- 25 g / 2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 757 g / 4 cups carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 stalks lemongrass, bruised (note: to bruise lemongrass, use the back of a chef’s knife or a mallet to bash the stalks)
- 3 garlic cloves, sliced
- 2 g / 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2 g / 1 tsp ground coriander
- 9 g / 1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 4 g / 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 g / 1/4 tsp cayenne powder or chili flakes
- 1 g / 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 g / 1/8 tsp dried mustard
- 720 ml / 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
- 400 ml / 1 can coconut milk, stirred
- zest of 1 lime, finely grated
- 45 ml / 3 tbsp lime juice
- 15 ml / 1 tbsp fish sauce (optional)
- 7 ml / 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- In a large pot, heat Crystal margarine on medium heat. Once the Crystal margarine is melted, add diced onion, ginger, and bay leaves. Cook until onions are soft and translucent; about 3 minutes.
- Add sliced carrots and bruised lemongrass. Stir to coat carrots in Crystal margarine; cook for 3 minutes. Add sliced garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne powder or chili flakes, salt, sugar, nutmeg, and mustard. Stir until garlic becomes fragrant, about a minute.
- Pour in stock and coconut milk. Stir until thoroughly combined. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 20 minutes or until carrots are fork-tender. Add lime zest and juice. Take off heat. Discard lemongrass stalks and bay leaves. Stir in fish sauce, if desired.
- With an immersion blender, blend soup until creamy and homogenous. Stir in Worcestershire sauce. Serve immediately, as is, or garnish with cilantro.
- If lemongrass isn’t available, feel free to omit or change the flavour profile by adding a bunch of cilantro stalks instead (reserve the leaves for garnish).
- Add more carrots for a thicker soup.