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Creamy Tandoori Comfort Soup

27 Jun

Well, it’s the end of June and we’ve had a handful of sunny days so far. Mostly, this month has just been very humid, with lots of big, thick clouds filling up the sky daily.

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It’s not been too bad. Quite nice to cycle and walk in actually – it’s been warm without the chance of getting burnt 😉 it has its benefits. It’s great for spiders, and apparently, flowers, too!! 🙂

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On Wednesday, I spent most of the day inside, feeling quite drained after not sleeping the night before. The weather was making me feel drowsy and I fell asleep whilst reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 😛 . But I kept waking, the first time, I got up and looked at my clock. It had only been about an hour. It continued all night, so I had a very sleepy day after that, giving up at about 09:00.

So, what to do on a day like this, feeling very tired, unwelcoming weather outside, in-between applying for work online and watching inspiring YouTube videos??

A lot of people ((especially my age)) might say “play games”; “watch some DVDs”; “listen to music”; or something along those lines 😛 . I didn’t feel like doing any of these things, so I made soup!! It’s a filling, comforting, doesn’t-taste-healthy-because-it’s-so-creamy soup and I am glad that I thought to write down what I did after tasting it!!

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You can make it as thick as you like, add more or less rice, add beans, use coconut milk for added creaminess, make it spicier, add extra veg, …. Making soups can be so versatile. You can change so many things, opt for one ingredient over another, change the texture, and make it exactly how YOU like it 🙂 . This is one of those dishes.

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 ((Excuse the dragon 😉 , and the scattered table!!)) It was difficult to show just how thick my soup is, here. You can see the rice in the first picture, so you can tell it’s going to be filling.

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That one should help 🙂 it’s quite thick and sticking to the spatula well. Give this recipe a try if you fancy something comforting and creamy, if you crave curry, and on rainy days 🙂 – they’re good for something!! As usual, it’s vegan, low-fat, healthy, and high-carb-approved!!

Creamy Tandoori Comfort Soup

2T Hemp Seeds / Sesame Seeds / Tahini ((I only had hemp on-hand, and it turned out great))

200ml – 300ml Orange Juice

1.5T Tandoori Spices / Curry Powder ((I used a mild curry powder))

1 large / 2 small Sweet Potatoes ((300g – 450g))

1 medium Potato of choice ((180g))

120g Wholegrain Basmati Rice

2 Vegetable Stock Cubes ((I use Kallo Organic Very Low Salt))

350ml – 600ml Milk of Choice* ((I used Almond Breeze Unsweetened))

1 – 2tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Begin by placing the hemp/sesame seeds, orange juice and curry powder into a blender/food processor and setting aside to blend later.

Cook your rice according to pack instructions, in a large pan, adding in the stock cubes and stirring to break them up a bit.

While the rice is cooking, roughly chop the sweet potato((es)) and potato into 2cm squares, and place them in a separate pan or a steamer basket. Cook for 10 minutes, or until easily-pierced with a knife.

Check the rice, and if it’s ready, remove from heat and set aside. Do not drain it!!

Once the potatoes are done, drain and allow to cool slightly, before adding to the blender/food processor and blitzing with the curry powder until smooth, adding in some of the milk of choice, if needed.

Pour this mixture into the rice pan and then add in the rest of the milk. Stir and taste, adding in lemon juice a little at a time, until satisfied with the taste.

Stir it all together and heat through gently for a couple of minutes if needed, before serving.

* – By milk of choice, I mean a dairy-free alternative, as this is a vegan blog 🙂 . There are loads to choose from.. Rice milk will give you a slightly sweeter-tasting soup, oat milk will yield a slightly thicker soup than almond, but not as thick as coconut milk. Soy milk would be fine, and hemp milk might give you a slightly nuttier-tasting soup.

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Enjoy on a lazy day, in your favourite soup mug or bowl, listening to some of your favourite music or watching a good movie 😉 .

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