Tuck into a delicious bowl of this Syn Free Curried Cauliflower Soup - perfect just as it is or topped with some yummy chickpeas and a drizzle of coconut milk or yoghurt.
Have I mentioned how much I LOVE soup. I always find a bowl of soup regardless of what the weather is like outside, super comforting and filling.
Soup is also a perfect way to get loads of veggies into your meal, especially if you are fussy with what sort of vegetables you will eat.
Luckily I love vegetables, but that wasn't always the case. I remember quite vividly hating many as a child, but as I got older and started cooking for myself and trying out new things, vegetables because more and more frequent on my plate, and now I love them all.
I can't think of any particular vegetable that I do not like, even Brussel Sprouts which I detested with a passion, mainly because the only way I had ever tried them, was boiled until they were so horrid and bitter, that there was no pleasing anyone's palate with those things.
Cooking them now, however, where I can cook them to how I like - raw in salads, sautéed or roasted, they are yummy. I just never EVER boil them. That horrid bitter taste will haunt me forever I think.
My kids are quite fussy when it comes to vegetables, I think most kids are right? But one way I know they will eat a decent amount of vegetables without a single complaint is in a bowl of soup, stew or casserole. Like this amazing Curried Cauliflower Soup - go figure!!
Today I had a lovely cauliflower I wanted to use, normally I just steam it, if serving with something like a roast dinner, or occasionally I will roast it in the oven with some seasoning and cumin seeds as a delicious side to a curry.
Cauliflower is one vegetable that goes perfectly with a curry, especially this Chicken and Cauliflower Curry, or if I am on a SP day or just keeping the carbs low, I love this Roasted Cauliflower Rice - perfect for mopping up all that lovely curry sauce.
I even love to make it the main of the dish, in this Roasted Cauliflower Lasagne.
But today I fancied those curry flavours, and instead of serving it alongside a curry dish, I decided to make this Syn Free Curried Cauliflower Soup. Because today is all about the soups.
What can I say - It's super delicious. Trust me!!!
Once cooked I blend half and leave the other half as is, that way you still get some bites of potato and cauliflower, but if you are serving for a really fussy individual in your household, you might want to blend it all into a smooth Syn Free Curried Cauliflower Soup
To blend the soup once cooked I use my Nutri Ninja Blender with Auto IQ (click to see me on Amazon). This blender is amazing. The auto IQ technology feature, mean it blends to a set pattern, depending on what you are making. So my soups are lovely and smooth and perfect.
This Curried Cauliflower Soup is delicious served just as it as a side or starter to another dish or make it a complete meal by topping with seasoned chickpeas a drizzle of light coconut milk ( or yoghurt for a syn free option) and chopped fresh coriander.
Why not take it to work for lunch in a Thermos food flask? Add the toppings to a little container and you can top when reading to enjoy.
- 400g (14oz) of potato, peeled and diced (or sub with butternut squash)
- 4oog (14oz) of raw cauliflower florets
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger
- 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon of ground coriander
- 1-2 tsp of chilli powder
- 1 fresh deseeded red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 litre of chicken or vegetable broth (stock)
- Spray oil
- Freshly chopped coriander to serve
- Optional Topping:
- 1 cup (240ml) of chickpeas, drained
- 1 tsp of paprika
- ¼ tsp of chilli powder
- salt and black pepper
- spray oil
- freshly chopped coriander
- ½ cup of light coconut milk - (4 syns) (or use fat-free plain yoghurt)
- Spray a large saucepan over a medium-high heat with spray oil
- Add the onion, garlic, celery, and ginger and cook until softened.
- Add the spices (and chilli if using) and fry for a further couple of minutes.
- Add the potato (or butternut squash) and cauliflower
- Mix thoroughly to coat.
- Pour in the vegetable stock
- Bring to a boil
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 mins
- Add half the soup to a blender and blend until smooth, return it to the pan. (I blend half because I prefer some chunks of vegetables to remain, but it you prefer a smooth soup, you can blend it all) and simmer for a further couple of minutes, just till creamy and silky in appearance.
- Stir through some chopped fresh coriander (optional)
- Serve in bowls and enjoy.
- Set Instant Pot to saute mode
- Spray with spray oil
- Once hot, add the onion, garlic, celery, and ginger and cook until softened.
- Add the spices and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Add the potato and cauliflower and mix to coat.
- Pour in the broth, add lid, close valve and set to 10 mins manual high pressure.
- Once ready, do a quick pressure release.
- Add half the soup to a blender and blend until smooth, add back to the remaining soup, set to saute mode and stir for a couple of minutes till lovely and creamy in appearance.
- Stir in some fresh chopped coriander/cilantro (optional)
- Spray a frying pan over a medium heat with some spray oil
- Add the chickpeas, paprika, chilli powder and some salt and black pepper
- fry for a few minutes just to coat in all the seasoning.
- Remove and add to the top of the soup with some fresh coriander and a drizzle of light coconut milk (or fat-free yoghurt).
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 serving (with toppings)
Amount Per Serving Calories 230Total Fat 4.3gSaturated Fat 1.7gSodium 371mgCarbohydrates 38.3gFiber 9.5gSugar 1.3gProtein 12.1g