Carrot-Coconut Soup wit Lime

I always thought I didn’t like carrot soup. I imagined it would be sweet and for a long time, sweet and savoury didn’t go together in my book. I am working on that, I promise, and I think it’s getting better. I don’t even know if a traditional carrot soup (what’s traditional anyway?) is sweet. Weird thoughts? Anyway, this one is not sweet. This carrot soup is creamy, spicy, fruity, and slightly sour. If you ask me, it is the perfect soup because it has such a complex flavour. It also has a wonderful colour to finally rout those winter ghosts out of the house. Maybe it works?

Finally, carrot soup!

Carrot-Coconut Soup with Lime ( 4 small servings)

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely diced ginger
450 grams (1 lb) carrots, sliced into rounds
720 ml (3 cups) water
3 dried or fresh kaffir lime leaves
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 teaspoons granulated onion
1 tablespoon Panang curry paste (substitute red, green, or yellow curry paste)
60 ml (4 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
120 ml (1/2 cup) full fat coconut milk
black pepper to taste

In a medium large pot heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add carrots, water, lime leaves, salt, granulated onion, and curry paste. Cook over medium to low heat for 15 minutes. Purée and stir in coconut milk and lime juice. Serve with brown rice and fresh cilantro.

29 Comments

  • m_m
    7 years ago

    I just made this — it’s excellent! I think I accidentally went a little heavy on the curry paste, but it’s so, so tasty. I’m serving it cold, as a summer soup.

    Also, I’m not vegetarian, I’m a meat eater who loves good food in general. This is my favorite kind of vegetarian dish: so flavorful, so rich, and so punchy.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • 7 years ago

      Thank you for your feedback, glad you liked the recipe. Yes, vegan food is for all ;)

  • 7 years ago

    Mmm, I love lime juice in soups!

  • 7 years ago

    That sounds delicious! It’s almost Thai, huh? Carrots and coconut milk go well together. I make carrot-coconut-almond soup, which is super filling, but lime sounds like a wonderful partner for carrots as well!

  • eatavegan
    7 years ago

    Mmm that looks and sounds like it would be such a comforting soup! I usually go the sweet route with my carrot soups, but I really like the idea of adding lime juice and having a bit of sour — definitely going to try this next time!

  • 7 years ago

    oh yum! why on earth have I not made carrot soup yet? It’s always pumpkin, and given that I’m such a nut for curry carrot dip in the v-con… anyway, tres gorgeous lunch, Mihl!

  • 7 years ago

    funny, I’ve exactly the same thoughts about carrot soup. In fact, I tried one once and it was so sweeet. So maybe I should really try your recipe and make friends with carrot soup!!

  • 7 years ago

    This looks fantastic. I’ve only recently become a fan of carrot soup; now I’m eager to try your recipe!

  • 7 years ago

    What a mindblowing, tongue-tickling combination of flavors, Mihl. Love the color of this soup too!

  • 7 years ago

    I definitely think this works flavor-wise. Plus it’s relatively cheap, something that’s always a good thing in my book!

  • 7 years ago

    I love carrot soup and normally just add curry powder or just ginger to it to pep it up a bit. Your recipe sounds tastier and will be great as my Winter is approaching fast :)

  • 7 years ago

    Sounds delicious! I have lots of carrots coming in the csa tomorrow – so I might just give this a try!

  • 7 years ago

    this soup sounds wonderful, Mihl. i love the color and the combination of flavors! i need to pick up some lime leaves and give it a go. mmmmmmmm!

  • 7 years ago

    This looks good, but like you I’m generally skeptical of carrot soups. We tried a raw one from the Thrive book and I couldn’t eat more than a few bites.

  • 7 years ago

    ooh… sounds perfect with all those Thai flavors!

  • 7 years ago

    I love carrot soup but this looks like a very interesting variation! I must try to get hold of some of those kaffir leaves…

  • 7 years ago

    Yes to carrot soup, and this one has some great flavor ideas. I’ve never tried kaffir lime leaves in my carrot soup, but I will now!

  • 7 years ago

    it sounds lovely, I love carrot soup. the idea of adding curry paste and coconut milk is an awesome one!

  • 7 years ago

    Only for you, Mihl :) I bet you have all sorts of goodies you can trade.

    This soup looks fantastic! I hope you ate it with some of that great bread your always posting.

  • 7 years ago

    Holy yumm- I love the taste of panang and now paired with carrots? Definately a must-try! Have a lovely day : )

  • 7 years ago

    making this ASAP!!

  • Yum yum! I love the coconut carrot combo.

  • 7 years ago

    I *love* carrot soup, and with such an interesting flavour combo, yours must be delicious! I’m trying it next time I feel like turning carrots into soup!

  • 7 years ago

    You create the best soup recipes and they always look so pretty in the pictures.

  • 7 years ago

    Oooh it looks delicious!

  • 7 years ago

    This looks just perfect for me! I don’t eat carrot soup often because I’m not very fond of the sweet taste of boiled carrots, but I really enjoy them when the sweetness isn’t overwhelming. Mmm, making me hungry…

  • taleoftwovegans
    7 years ago

    This looks so delicious. I’ve wanted to try curry paste for a while now, but I never know what I’d put it in – now I do! Are the kaffir lime leaves super flavourful? I’ve never seen them, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled. -Eve

    • 7 years ago

      Kaffir lime leaves have a special, very unique flavour, they support both the lime and the coconut component. You could look for them at an Asian grocery store, in the sections for frozen food.

  • I’d say this carrot soup was worth the wait. It seems so obvious now that I see it — panang curry in a pureed carrot soup.. duh! Way to go, seriously.

    Also just seeing the words “full fat coconut milk” warms me up inside, no wussy lite coconut milk here!

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