Curried Cauliflower Soup
This cauliflower soup is light, healthy, and comforting. It’s easy enough to put together after work, packs a flavour punch, and is loaded with nutritious antioxidants.
My husband is not a big fan of cauliflower. He first tasted it when he moved to the United States as a young man, and did not enjoy it. In fact, his first — negative — impression of bland, flavourlessness stuck with him for years.
The first time I ever saw my better half enjoy cauliflower was when we lived in New Delhi, where it is commonly stir fried with potatoes and spices. The cauliflower (and the potatoes) caramelise, and the pungent aromatics kick the whole dish up a notch. It’s a humble, every day dish. However, the rich flavours belie its simplicity.
So, when winter rolls around in Johannesburg and I crave warming cauliflower soup, I turn to those flavours my husband enjoyed so much in India. I stir fry the cauliflower to attain that rich, caramelised flavour my husband adores. Then, I add a few simple seasonings, yielding a soup which is comfortingly rich and familiar.
About the Recipe
Cauliflower is a healthy, fibre-rich, low-calorie vegetable that yields a hearty, creamy, low-fat soup. Moreover, it is like a blank canvas, inviting you to paint it with the flavours you enjoy. So, it’s the perfect vehicle for just about any seasoning you might choose.
Here, I’ve relied on fresh turmeric and ginger for the bulk of the flavour. I particularly enjoy the pungency and vibrancy of fresh turmeric. However, if you prefer to avoid the mess or simply can’t find the fresh rhizome in the supermarket, feel free to use turmeric powder.
As for the cayenne pepper, start gently and taste as you go. As I’ve mentioned before, my family likes the heat. In fact, I frequently use at least double the amount of chilli I suggest in my recipes. However, heat tolerance is very individual. The idea here is to add a little heat, not set your mouth on fire. So, please, feel free to adjust the volume of cayenne to your family’s tastes.
I hope your family enjoys this rich, satisfying soup as much as mine does. Bon appétit!