By tigerduck on March 24, 2006
Photo by Thorsten
Photo by Thorsten
"This IS a WONDERFUL SOUP. And look at the list, just a few ingredients! I came up with lots of GREAT ideas for the contest, but when I asked my friends what they liked best, they always mentioned this humble soup! How funny is that? The rum really makes a difference. It is added at the very end, so if you have kids at the table and you're worried about it, just serve them first and add the rum later. You may want to leave it out altogether, but just let me tell you one more time that the RUM IS a LOVELY ADDITION. I use Patak's curry paste which is available in Asian stores where I live. Madras is labelled as a hot paste and Korma as mild. I've also tried a Patak's paste called HOT/TRES EPICE which I do NOT RECOMMEND."
Serving Size: 1 (279 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"This is one of the best soups I've ever made. Friends raved. Made a few changes - I quadrupled the ginger and garlic, because we love the stuff; used coconut rum - highly recommended! - and 2% low fat Greek-style yogurt instead of sour cream. Worked great. Will make this soup again and again!"
"Another review.... I made this and increased the spices slightly. However, another reviewer suggested serving this cold with the sour cream mixed in. This sounds like a wonderful idea, but I wonder if it would best be made specifically for serving cold, with the spices increased SIGNIFICANTLY for serving that way? I used spiced rum, which I think added much to the finished dish, although I may take several other reviewers' suggestions and use coconut rum the next time. One departure I made from the recipe was to use coconut oil in place of the recommended oil, both for the extra nutritional value the coconut adds, as well as for the added depth of flavour. One caveat I have for this and any other sweet potato recipe: I made this twice, and it didn't come out very good at all the second time. I believe the difference was that the first time the sweet potatoes I used were quite ripe and sweet; the second time they were pale and not as rich or sweet -perhaps not quite as ripe. I ended up adding some raw sugar to the end product, which helped, but it didn't help completely, as it didn't add the real, rich "sweet potato-ness" that the first batch had. All things considered, I would highly recommend this soup and have added it to my (considerable!) soup repertoire!"
"Tried the soup before adding the rum, it was very good. Added the rum, it was extremely good. Then added the dairy and it was EXCELLENT! I would give this more than 5 stars if I could! Without rum and diary it would still have been a 4.5 star recipe. I used half orange and half white sweet potatoes, panang curry paste, and plain goat milk yogurt in place of the sour cream. Next time I will try this with red curry paste."
"Excellent soup -- absolutely fabulous. The perfect balance of sweet and spicy, with the full flavors of the sweet potatoes. Easy Easy EASY to make too. I use a little less broth to make it a little thicker, and we've found that a night in the 'fridge before reheating makes it even better in terms of flavors balancing.
This is the fine wine of soups."
"I love this soup! It was really easy to make. I used curry powder instead of curry paste because I didn't have any in the house. I probably used two and a half tablespooons; it was a little spicy, but not too overwhelming. I also pureed only about 1/2 of it to leave some sweet potato & pepper chunks. I WILL be making this again."
"Excellent soup! I can't really add much to the other rave reviews except to say that the consistancy was just what I like and the flavour was an outstanding mixture of sweet and savoury. As I was cooking for people with conservative tastes, I used a mild curry paste - I'd double it next time if it was just for us! Lovely recipe, thank you for posting!"
"I'm not a sweet potato fan but this was a good soup. DH absolutely loved it and had it for dinner 3 nights in a row! I followed the recipe exactly and will do so next time too! Thanks for sharing!"
"Although it's hard to go too wrong with sweet potato soup, this is an excellent variation on the theme. I couldn't find Indian curry paste at my supermarket, so I used Thai red curry paste, which worked great. Thanks for the recipe!"
"MY NEW FAVORITE SOUP!!!!! i love it! and so healthy! i didn't have curry paste and used regular curry instead, and it still came out AMAZING! served it at a dinner party and everyone complimented it. I baked the potatoes ahead of time to make step 3 go faster. i HIGHLY recommend this soup!!!"
"This was terrific!! I followed the recipe exact, but didn't add the rum and used my vegan sour cream (Recipe #247817). I wanted to keep the meal completely vegan, but still follow the recommendations that sour cream is a must. Tasted a lot like an Indian dhall except with sweet potatos instead of lentils. We will make this again, thanks!"
"Added 1/2 cup dry red lentils and broth for more substance. Excellent!"
"This was too spicy for my 7 year old, but the rest of us really liked it. I had a feeling that would be the case, but followed the recipe exactly any way (less the rum). It was rich, and the depth of flavor was nice. Served it with some homemade bread."
"This soup is a definite keeper! Was well enjoyed by all in the family. So warming and tasty to the soul, especially on a blustery winters day. Thank you tigerduck for sharing."
"The local grocery store didn't have any curry paste so I used DIY Red Curry paste (Recipe #467552) which wasn't hot enough. I put about a tablespoon of Madras curry powder in at the end. Also the rum is essential."
"I made this recipe today and was truly disappointed. Based on the reviews I believed it was going to be a great recipe but sometimes I wonder if many of the people who review recipes have any sense of taste. First, the good parts. The texture of the soup is pretty much perfect based on the quantities. It's not as thick as it looks in the picture but it's not runny or liquidy either. The color is great.
The bad news. I used newly purchased sweet potatoes since older ones can get woody and lose flavor. I used a new jar of Patak madras curry paste and included all of the rest of the ingredients as per the recipe. The result was a soup that kind of tasted like sweet potato soup, with virtually no curry taste. There was some heat in the soup but very little taste. My better half actually asked if there was curry in it. The dollop of sour cream really picks up the soup. I included the rum so I can't say what it would be like without it. For those people who are wondering if I have any sense of taste I can usually taste any dish and pretty much tell you every ingredient and herb and spice in it. That's it. Won't make this one again!"
"This one's a keeper. Easy to make, tastes great. Used Madras curry paste. Followed directions exactly (but without the rum), and it was excellent. Will try with rum next time. Thanks for sharing!"