Curried Sweet Potato Soup + more
Curried Sweet Potato Soup can be made in a flash if you cook your sweet potatoes ahead of time. This is a spicy vegan soup that is warming on a winters day. It is also versatile and can be made with your favorite squash. There are many varieties of squash available in the winter months. I have made this soup with acorn squash and pumpkin. Today I had sweet potatoes and wanted to make something warm.
Curried Sweet Potato Soup - Recipe
1 medium onion - chopped
2 -3 cloves of garlic - chopped
1-2 tbsp coconut for sauteing
2 cups - cooked + mashed sweet potato or your favorite squash - pumpkin included.
3 cups vegetable stock - boxed or homemade
1 can coconut milk - whole or lite
Curry powder - I used 3 tbsp of red curry - See Curry below
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 - 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes - adjust to your desired level of heat and the heat in the curry you are using.
Salt to taste
Apple + pecans for garnish
This is where it gets fun! Add any of the following spices that you enjoy. Taste and adjust to make a soup that makes you happy.
Ginger - fresh or ground
Sweetener - honey, sugar, agave
Saute onions and garlic in coconut oil until soft and translucent. Add your spices to open up their aromas and stir for a few minutes. Turn burner to low heat and add coconut milk. Stir until the spices are well distributed. Add vegetable broth and sweet potatoes. Mix well and simmer for 10-15 minutes allowing the ingredients to infuse with the spices. Puree the soup with an immersion blender, food processor or blender until smooth. Serve hot. You can garnish with grated or cubed apple and pecans.
The many uses for Sweet Potatoes or your favorite squash: I often bake a batch of sweet potatoes that I can eat during the week. Link here to my recipe on How to Cook they Perfect Sweet Potato. Fry sliced sweet potatoes in coconut oil; add an egg and you have a good breakfast.You can simply smear it on toast with a sprinkle of cinnamon..yummy. Dice the potatoes and add to a salad, taco or soup, Once they are cooked there is no end of places you can add them to your meals.
Winter Squashes - For this recipe you want to use the winter squash, acorn, pumpkin, butternut are all good. Here’s a link about Types of Squash at HGTV
Curry is not a single spice, but a mix of several spices. Curry flavors vary with the regional cuisine. In the South East area of Asia and India most families will have their favorite curry recipe that might be passed down from generation to generation. It on my list to play around with making my own, until then I have a collection from Asian markets I visit when traveling. There is no Asian store in Siskiyou County, but some stores do sell a curry in the spice or international section. I’ve have played with the curries I have enough to know which to use and how much will work for my recipes. The only way to know about spices is to taste and adjust the amounts and taste again until you achieve the flavors that make you happy. Curry can be hot or mild, but the flavors you are looking for a warming and flavorful. Being hot is not the goal. Here is a link to Curry Flavor a site that will tell you everything you want to know about curry from it’s history to how you can make your own blend.