Dec 21, 2012

IHCC: Foods to Warm You Up

We had a recent round of winter weather--a freeze even.  It was a rare opportunity to make a bowl of something hot.

Right in time for "Foods to Warm You Up" @ I Heart Cooking Clubs

I picked Madhur Jaffrey's Gingery Cauliflower Soup from Quick & Easy Indian Cooking

With warm spices like cumin, coriander, and cayenne and plenty of ginger, this soup will definitely warm you up.  I skipped the turmeric (as has become my usual) and added a touch of garam masala just because the jar stared me down when I opened my cabinet.  The recipe makes a huge pot of soup.  I froze some because even though we liked the soup, we got tired of eating so much of it.  I'll find out later this week how well it freezes (or not).

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Gingery Cauliflower Soup
slightly adapted from Quick & Easy Indian Cooking from Madhur Jaffrey

3 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1" piece of ginger, peeled and cut into fine slivers
4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
3/4 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" dice
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
5-6 cups chicken stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup half and half
chopped parsley

Add the oil to a large soup pot and heat over medium-high.  Add the onion, ginger, and garlic.  Stir and fry for about 4 minutes until the onion is somewhat browned.  Add the spices and stir for about 2 minutes   Add the potatoes, cauliflower, and stock.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer on low until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes.  Carefully puree with a stick blender, or transfer to a blender in batches.  Add the half and half and warm over low heat--do not boil.  Taste for salt and add if needed.

Serve with freshly ground black pepper and chopped parsley sprinkled over the top.


  1. This looks very yummy Michelle, although I won't get a chance to make it soon as the weather is becoming quite hot here where we live in Australia!! I wanted to wish you and your family a beautiful Christmas and a happy & safe New Year - all the best for 2013!!

  2. Anonymous12/23/2012

    Ooh! What fun little twists! Without the turmeric, the soup is a pretty shade instead of brown. You should be okay freezing it, however it might need a little "binding" to re-emulsify it when you reheat it. Looks gorgeous!

  3. That darn turmeric ;-)

    I leave it out of every single recipe! Don't know why I even keep the bottle of it in my spice cabinet.

    I haven't had cauliflower soup since high school. I'd love to give this one a try.

  4. Jennifer N2/17/2013

    I made this tonight! It was delicious! In case anyone is curious, this yielded 12 cups of soup and is 3 weight watchers points per cup :).


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