Spiced Parsnip Soup

You can make this versatile veggie soup as chunky or as smooth as you like, and, if you cook it a little drier, it makes a fantastic side dish as part of a bigger curry feast.
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Spiced Parsnip Soup 

Spiced Parsnip Soup 

  • Cook Time
  • 4Servings

Ingredients

  • 1.75 lbs parsnips
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • garam masala
  • 7 oz red split lentils
  • 4 uncooked pappadams
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • .25 cup plain yogurt
  • 4 sprigs of fresh cilantro
  • optional: chili oil 

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. 

Put 2 parsnips aside for later. Peel the onion, roughly chop with the remaining parsnips (keep the skins on) and peel and finely grate the garlic and ginger. 

Place the parsnips and onions in a large pan over a medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until dark golden, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and ginger, then scatter over the cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon of garam masala and the lentils and cook for a further 5 minutes. Roughly snap in the uncooked pappadams, then add the stock and simmer for 20 minutes, loosening with a splash of water, if needed.

Meanwhile, peel the reserved parsnips into ribbons until you reach the woody core (discard this bit), blanch for 30 seconds in fast-boiling water, then drain and pat dry. Season with sea salt, then spread out in a single layer over a couple of oiled baking sheets. Roast for 15 minutes, or until golden and crisp. 

Season the soup to perfection, ripple through the yogurt and divide between warm bowls. Pick over the cilantro leaves, sprinkle with a little garam masala, and top with the parsnip crisps. 

Feel free to drizzle with chili oil for a warm glow. You can make this soup as chunky or as smooth as you like, and if you cook it a little drier, it makes a fantastic side dish as part of a bigger curry feast.

See also Recipe: Golden Turmeric Cauliflower Soup

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Excerpted from ULTIMATE VEG: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone by Jamie Oliver. Flatiron Books, 2020. Reprinted with permission.