Indian Spiced Carrot Soup


  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder (preferably Madras)
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled, thinly sliced into rounds (about 4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
  • 5 cups (or more) low-salt chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • Plain yogurt (for garnish)

Directions:Grind coriander and mustard seeds in spice mill to fine powder. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add ground seeds and curry powder; stir 1 minute. Add ginger; stir 1 minute. Add next 3 ingredients. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; sauté until onions begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add 5 cups broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered until carrots are tender, about 30 minutes. Cool slightly. Working in batches, puree in blender until smooth. Return soup to pot. Add more broth by 1/4 cupfuls if too thick. Stir in lime juice; season with salt and pepper.DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled. Rewarm before serving.Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with yogurt and serve.

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