Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sia's Carrot Coconut Shorba

When I read Sia's post on Carrot Coconut Shorba, I knew I had to try it. Maybe it was the cold cold winter outside. Maybe it was the pictures posted by Sia. Maybe it sounded like a tasty and unique combination. Maybe we are trying to eat healthy now. It was for all the maybe's. :) And I just loved it when I got to try it! I am trying hard to include soup in our dinner for atleast two evenings of the week. Wish I was not allergic to Lettuce, then I would have loved to have salad every evening. Am really jealous of people who can eat a bowl of salad for lunch and make it for the day!

Posted below is Sia's recipe with minor modifications - less coconut and more heat. Thanks, Sia, for sharing this delicious recipe!

Ingredients (makes 6 bowls)
Carrots - 3
Coconut Milk - 1/2 cup (I used Chakoah's brand, quite concentrated)
Onion - 1 medium
Black Peppercorns - 1 tsp
Green Chillies 2-3
Jeera/Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - ½ tsp
Coriander Leaves - few sprigs
Curry Leaves - 4-5
Canola Oil - 1 tsp
Water - 4 cups
Salt to taste

Step 1
Heat oil in a pan in high heat. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. When the mustard starts to crackle, add the cumin and green chillis. When the cumin browns slightly, add the sliced onion and black peppercorns. When the onion crystallizes, add the carrots, salt to taste and close the lid. Cook the carrots covered (without adding any water) for five to ten minutes in medium heat. Keep stirring every two minutes or as required so that the carrot does not burn. Add water, coriander leaves and cook for further five minutes over a medium heat till carrots turn tender.

Step 2
Drain the water and reserve as stock. When the carrots are cold enough, grind it to a smooth paste (adding a few tbsp of reserved stock at a time).

Step 3
Cook the ground carrot paste for about 5 minutes. Add some of the reserved stock from Step 2 as required to get the desired liquid consistency. Mix in coconut milk and cook for another 2-5 minutes on a medium flame. Maa always advises to cook the coconut milk as less as possible, when adding to dishes.

Enjoy the shorba hot!


Divya Vikram said...

Sounds healthy n delicious..

SMN said...

Hey that luks nice..

Sia said...

Pragyan, i am really glad to know u enjoyed the shorba:) its chef sanjeev kapoor's recipe and i absolutely love it. didn't u enjoy the aroma of carrot cooking with spices and curry leaves? that was magical isn't it?

Mansi Desai said...

yeah, I'd been eyeing Sia's soup too:) glad you could try it! looks inviting Pragyan!:)

Sagari said...

never tried making this ,your pic looks tempting

Cynthia said...

What an interesting combination - carrot and coconut, I have to bookmark this.

Pragyan said...

Hi Divya: It is, indeed! Hope you try it.

Hi SMN: is good taste-wise as well!

Hi Sia: Hey, great to hear from you! Feels great to hear from my guru :) Sanjeev Kapoor is so cool! Yes, it indeed infused a nice aroma in the air of the kitchen :)

Hi Mansi: Hope you get to try it soon!

Hi Sagari: Have I tempted you enough to try it? :)

Hi Cynthia: Thanks, dear!

Sheltie Girl said...

This sounds uniquely delicious.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

LG said...

Hi Pragyan, Shorba looks nice. I love Carrots.

Jackie said...

Looks very good and very healthy!

Jj said...

Normally I'm not into coconut, but this sounds like a recipe I could enjoy using it in, thanks!

Hetal said...

Visiting ur blog for the first time....u have a nice blog.Would love to see u on my blog..

zlamushka said...

Lovely post Pragyam. I like that you re not afraid to cook from other blogs. I am hosting Tried & Tasted event dedicated to cooking from other blogs. This month, we re cooking from Cynthia. Up for the challenge?

Pragyan said...

Hi Natalie: Thanks for coming by. Sure, it is quite delicious!

Hi LG: Sure it does. :) Hope you got to try it!

Hi Jackie: Are you Prajakta? Never mind, if you are not. Yes, good and healthy, how often you find that combo :)

Hi Jj: Sure, you will. Even I am not much of a coconut person. Though, I love coconut water anyday anytime! :)

Hi Hetal: Thanks for the compliment! I try to keep posting...I will be on your blog soon!

Hi Zlamushka: Thanks, dear! Oh yes, I am up for the challenge! Let me try to join you guys next month..that sounds like fun! I love trying out new stuff :)