Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins
This is a recipe I saw originally in the Sundays at Moosewood cookbook. I use some of the habanero peppers I grow to add heat to this soup, but the original recipe called for about 1/8 teaspoon cayenne. Jalapenos or other hot chiles would also be good substitutes for the habs, although they are by far my favorite hot pepper.
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 small habanero pepper, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 dash clove (no more than 1/8 tsp)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 sweet potato, diced (about 2 cups)
- 3 1⁄2 cups water
- 1 lb frozen green pea, thawed
- Sauté the onions gently in oil in a covered pot, stirring frequently, for 5 to 10 minutes, until the onions are just translucent.
- Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.
- Mix in the ginger, salt and all the spices and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring often.
- Add the tomatoes and sweet potato.
- Stir well.
- Add 1 1/2 cups water and stir.
- Bring the soup to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer, covered for 5 minutes.
- Add half of the peas and simmer, covered, for another 10 minutes, or until the peas and sweet potato are tender.
- Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 cups of water.
- Purée the soup in a blender or food processor in batches until smooth.
- Return soup to the pot, add the remaining peas and gently reheat.
The spices were quite lovely in this rich and filling soup. I used jalapenos as that was what I had on hand. Though I love them, I thought the taste of the sweet potato was a little stong compared to the peas and other ingredients. Next time, I will drop this to maybe 1 1/2 cups. Also I pureed as directed and wished I left a few more chunks behind for greater mouth and eye appeal. Thanks for sharing.
This soup was very easy to make - however the recipe is a little shy on the spices - I doubled up - except the cumin.
This is a lovely soup with unusual and interesting spices. I did find that the spices got a bit strong tasting in the leftovers, so eat this up quickly or cut the recipe in half. I forgot to leave out some peas so I just pureed most of the soup and added it back to the pot which worked will because then there were still some chunks of the sweet potato for colour.