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Creamy Gingered Carrot Soup with or without Wild Rice

Creamy Gingered Carrot Soup with or without Wild Rice

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Yields: 7 cups 

Subtle accents of ginger and orange make this Vata-balancing soup unique. Wild rice adds a Kapha-balancing influence, plus color, texture and flavor that complement the suave mixture and make it worthy of the grandest occasions. 


Ingredients

Step One (optional)

  •  1 1/2 cups of water 
  • 1/3 cup of wild rice 

Step Two 

  • ⅓ cup ghee or butter 
  • Pinch of hing (optional) 
  • 2 tablespoons of minced fresh ginger 
  • 6 cups of sliced carrots 
  • 1 ½ cups of thinly-sliced celery 
  • ½ teaspoon of salt 

Step Three 

  • 4 cups of vegetable stock 
  • ½ cup of orange juice 

Step Four 

  • Vegetable stock (if needed) 
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon of sugar 
  • Salt 
  • White pepper 

Directions

  1. To prepare the optional wild rice: Bring the water to a boil. Stir in the wild rice. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, 50 to 60 minutes. 
  2. Melt the ghee or butter in a large soup pot. Add the hing, ginger, carrots, celery, and salt. Stir, cover, and cook over a very low heat until the vegetables are very tender, 30 to 40 minutes. 
  3. Purée the vegetables, stock, and orange juice very thoroughly in a blender or food processor. The smoother the mixture is, the easier the next step will be. 
  4. Place a very large sieve over the soup pot. Strain the mixture through it, stirring and pressing with the back of a large spoon. Scrape the underside of the sieve periodically. Do not stop! It is essential for a creamy mixture. In the end, there should remain a small amount of fibrous material that pulls away from the sieve. Discard it. 
  5. Heat the soup to serving temperature. Thin with more stock if necessary. Season to taste with the sugar, salt, and white pepper.

 

Recipe is reprinted with permission from Heaven's Banquet, by Miriam Kasin Hospodar. April 2000

 

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