Thursday, February 24, 2011

Curried Chicken Soup--Winter Comfort Food

As per request:
(sorry the ends of the lines are not correct in the printing)
1/4 cup butter
2 onions, chopped
1 small turnip, cut into small dice
(I use a large yam and cut it into not
so small pieces)
2 carrots, sliced
1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
2 tablespoons mild curry powder
5 cups chicken stock
juice of 1/2 lemon
6 oz/175 g cold cooked chicken cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus extra to garnish
( I never put this in because I don't like cilantro and never have any)
salt and pepper
1/2 cup cooked rice, to serve

Note from me:  this is soup, so you really can alter it how you
like. Mostly I leave out the lemon juice because I have no lemons. I use yam
instead of turnip because of availability. The butter and the onions to start
with, I do consider essential for most soups.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the onions, and sauté
gently, until soft but not brown.

Add the turnip, (yam), carrots, and apple and continue to cook for an
additional 3-4 minutes.

Stir in the curry powder until the vegetables are well coated, then pour in
the stock. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes. Season well
with salt and pepper to taste and add the lemon juice.

Transfer the soup to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and
return to the rinsed-out saucepan. Add the chicken and cilantro to the saucepan
and heat through.
Place a spoonful of rice in each serving bowl and pour the soup over the
top. Garnish with cilantro and serve.


Steve Martin said...

Wow! Does that look good!

I'll print this out and maybe Pat will tackle it.

Thanks, Gitte!

Anonymous said...

I can speak from first hand knowledge -- it was delicious! I might try rutabega in place of the turnip. Thanks again for sharing your warm soup, warm kitchen, and warm hospitality! All perfect for the mid winter blues!

Brigitte said...

Well, happy cooking all, and keep warm to those of the higher latitutdes.

Thanks for your kind words, Ruth. It was my pleasure to have had everyone over.

Myrtle said...

My stomach is longing for such a tasty offering...without the cilantro of course!

Brigitte said...

Yes, hi Myrtle! hold the cilantro, though I find it acceptable when just a little is added. I should try it with a minimal amount.