Soothing Sweet Potato Soup

Recipe courtesy Bal Arneson
Show: Spice Goddess Episode: Inspired Indian Flavors
TOTAL TIME: 20 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 15 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves*
  • Pinch kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh fenugreek leaves, optional*
  • *Can be found at specialty Asian or Indian markets.
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Directions

Put the sweet potatoes in a medium-size saucepan, and cover with the water. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to a blender, adding just enough water to help it blend smoothly. Blend the mixture until there are no lumps, and the soup is creamy and smooth, and then pour the soup into a clean saucepan.

Pour the oil into a small skillet and place over medium-high heat. Add the ginger, and cook for 1 minute, and then add the fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, salt, pepper, and fenugreek leaves, if using and cook the spices for about 10 seconds. Add the mixture to the sweet potato soup, and mix until the spices are evenly distributed. Transfer the soup to warm soup bowls, and serve.

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  • on January 03, 2012

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    Well I just made this and I think it needs some work: it is amazingly SWEET for one thing.
    I cooked my yams with a small amount of chicken stock--why cook them in water and lose the nutrients? Then I just blended it with a stick blender which saves decanting into a blender.
    I toasted the dry spices and then ground them in an old coffee grinder before adding them into the oil per the recipe. (Not fond of chewing on fenugreek seeds. Ok-- then I tasted the soup and it needs some heat, (as in cayenne, red pepper, sriracha etc. and a pinch of salt does not do it!
    So I added 1 teasspoon of sriracha, extra salt, 1 t ground cumin, 1 t ground coriander and 1/2 -1 teaspoon vinegar, (I used balsamic.
    Bingo--now it tastes great! Happy Husband loves soup and Indian so he'll like this!

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