Saturday, April 4, 2009

Red Curry Carrot Soup with Apple Lime Salsa and Jalapeno Corn Cakes

This yummy lunch was prepared as part of "Natural Foods 201: Food as Medicine," an ongoing series at Sevananda Natural Foods Market on the first Wednesday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. We chased away symptoms of yucky seasonal allergies with this spicy soup and its tasty accoutrement. It was simple to make and really, I mean REALLY, good. I hope you try it.

For the soup
1 lb organic carrots, scrubbed and thinly sliced
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2" piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 Tbsp tomato paste
3 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
salt and pepper

In a large pot, saute onions, garlic and carrots until onions become translucent.

Stir in tomato paste, ginger and curry paste and continue cooking occasionally until the vegetables caramelize.

Pour in enough water to cover by about two inches and bring up to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking about 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender.

Puree the soup with a hand blender or by pouring batches into a stand blender. The soup should have some body and still be somewhat chunky and rustic. Return to the pot and keep warm.

For the salsa
2 fugi apples (or granny smith if you want it tart vs. sweet)
juice from 1 lime
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, diced

Dice the apples and place into a mixing bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients and season lightly with salt and pepper.

For the corn cakes
1 cup whole grain or multi-grain corn muffin mix
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 red bell pepper diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (or more to taste)
pinch of salt
lots of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup water (more or less to get the consistency of pancake batter)

Combine all ingredients except water in a mixing bowl. Gradually add water until you get the desired batter consistency.

Cook just like you would pancakes: Heat a griddle or pan with a tablespoon of oil or butter. Spoon 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle/pan to form cakes. Cook on each side about 4 minutes. Spread with butter and serve.


Jude said...

The combination of flavors here sounds so good to me. The carrot with thai curry paste... Yum.

oysterculture said...

Wow, everthing sounds like it is just singing with flavor and the pictures were fantastic

asata (a.k.a. Life Chef) said...

Thanks guys.

Jude the carrot+curry was nice, but the apple salsa really set it off. Of course this would work w/ butternut squash or sweet potato soup too.

Oysterculture, you know the saying we eat with our eyes first? This was a prime example, and really satisfying and cleansing w/ the pollen count being so high. It was a nice, short reprieve from my allergy symptoms.

Regina said...

Yep, Like Life Chef said, the apple salsa totally set off the flavors!

I was there and tasted it! If you ever get a chance to go to one of her classes, it's a real treat!

Chef Asata is very gracious with questions and will give you a wealth of extra information.