Carrot, Yoghurt, Cumin Soup

By Natalia Conroy From the book The Kitchen Orchard
Carrot, Yoghurt, Cumin Soup

Recipe taken from The Kitchen Orchard by Natalia Conroy. 


  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves only, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp crushed dried chilli
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 20 carrots, finely diced or pulsed in a food processor
  • 2½ tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 500ml milk
  • 250ml double cream
  • 250ml water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • coriander leaves, to serve
  • nigella (black onion) seeds, to serve
  • Greek-style yoghurt, to serve


In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, fry the garlic, parsley and chilli in the oil over a medium heat until the garlic starts to turn a light golden. Add the carrots, honey, ginger, nutmeg and cumin.

Cook the carrots over a medium heat, stirring the pan from time to time for about an hour, until they are very soft and sweet. Add the milk, cream and water and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes, then check the seasoning.

Pour half the contents of the saucepan into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, then return this to the pan. Serve the soup sprinkled generously with coriander leaves, nigella seeds and a dollop of yoghurt.

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