Red Curry Carrot Soup

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Red Curry Carrot Soup

1 tablespoon canola oil
6 large carrots, peeled-4 thickly sliced and 2 cut into fine matchsticks
2 thin slices peeled fresh ginger
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
4 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
2 cups water
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
3/4 teaspoon red curry paste
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 scallion, cut into matchsticks
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil

Directions

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the sliced carrots and ginger and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until the carrots are crisp-tender and lightly browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the onion and cook until softened but not browned, about 2 minutes.

Add the chicken stock, water, coconut milk and curry paste to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the carrots are tender, about 25 minutes. Strain the cooking liquid into another saucepan, reserving the solids; discard the ginger. Transfer the carrots to a blender and puree with 1 cup of the cooking liquid until very smooth. Return the puree to the cooking liquid, add the carrot matchsticks and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle with the scallion, cilantro and basil and serve.

Carrots: Benefit the Lung, nourish the Heart and Spleen, especially with skin inflammation.
Ginger, Onion, Curry, Basil: all warm the middle Jiao, harmonize the Stomach, and generally improve digestion of the soup. These spices also have an outward directionality, bringing the effects to the skin.