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Indian Spiced Cauliflower, Potato, and Pea Soup
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Indian Spiced Cauliflower, Potato, and Pea Soup

My mom is very cute. She recently ordered my brother a few pairs of new jeans from Banana and told me she also wanted to get me a present to keep things “even.” My brother is currently following his dream of becoming a music producer and is devoting all his extra time and money to building a sound studio in his apartment. So as you can imagine, buying non-ratty jeans isn’t high on his list of priorities. I have a feeling he didn’t request the jeans, but my mom probably saw what he was wearing and couldn’t resist pulling the trigger on some nicer duds!

Anyway, the concept sort of made me giggle since my brother and I are both adults and haven’t cared about keeping things “even” for a long time. I told her I didn’t need anything, but when she wouldn’t let the matter go, I finally emailed her my current cookbook wishlist. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to organizational matters and always have a current list of books I want to request from the library on my laptop, along with a list of the cooking/photography gadgets I want to buy next and restaurants that I want to visit among other things. You don’t even want to see the list I keep with recipe ideas! So I sent her the list and look what just came in the mail – yay, thanks Mom!

I curled up with a beer on the couch last Friday night and took my time browsing through them all. I’m most excited about the 660 Curries book (thanks for the recommendation Natashya!) since one of my foodie goals is to learn how to make saag paneer. I can’t find an Indian place that I really love by us, so it’s a necessity! All the recipes looked SO good but I didn’t have all the authentic ingredients needed for them, so to satisfy my Indian craving, I made this soup with what I had on hand. It was inspired by the recipe in the book for Restaurant-Style Cauliflower and Potatoes.

I wanted to keep things on the lighter side, so I roasted cauliflower and used it and a few potatoes to thicken the soup. I used a plethora of spices too and added in some peas at the end. It was very tasty and perfect to enjoy in this rainy weather we’ve been having in Boston lately. I’m already excited to head to the Indian market with my good friend Geeti next weekend. She’s going to show me around, and of course I already have a list ready to go of various spices to stock up on. I especially can’t wait to get my hands on some paneer!

Indian Spiced Cauliflower, Potato, and Pea Soup
Printable Recipe

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets (8 cups, 28 ounces)
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 cups frozen peas
2 teaspoons salt

Heat oven to 400˚F. Drizzle one tablespoon canola oil over cauliflower florets on a large greased cookie sheet and roast at 400˚F for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender, stirring once halfway through baking.

Meanwhile, heat remaining tablespoon canola oil over medium high heat in a large stockpot and sauté onion for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender; add garlic, coriander, cumin, ginger, garam masala, cayenne pepper, and turmeric and sauté 1 additional minute while stirring. Add chicken stock, water, potatoes, and tomato paste and simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Add cauliflower to the soup and puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Add milk, vinegar, peas, and salt to the pureed soup and stir until smooth. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition: 284 calories, 6.6g fat, 10.7g fiber, 12.4g protein per serving
Cost: $1.75 per serving

33 Responses to Indian Spiced Cauliflower, Potato, and Pea Soup

  1. 660 Curries sounds awesome and your soup looks delicious.

    I have the Martha Stewart cupcake book (of course!), which was also a random gift from my mom :) She totally had an excuse for why she bought it for me, but I can’t remember it now…

    I bought my dad the Flavor Bible for Christmas and have been sneaking peeks at it whenever I’m at my parents’ house.

    And I love Rick Bayless! Yay for new cookbooks :)

  2. I love getting new cookbooks — how amazing is your Mom for sending you all of those?! I would never be able to stop reading them. I am also a big list maker, I keep a list in my Google tasks of all the recipes I want to make! :) The soup looks delicious, I never thought of cauliflower soup, but it sounds perfect!

  3. You know you can actually make your own paneer. My mom does a lot of Indian cooking (we’re not Indian, but they have been there many times and have friends there), and has made saag paneer from scratch more than once. It’s extra work, but not impossible. Just think how much more awesome you’ll feel if you make it yourself! :)

  4. Great list. I personally LOVE the flavor bible. Since you like creating your own recipes I think you’ll enjoy how often it comes in handy.

  5. Ooo lucky girl! I think all of those are on my wish list as well, except for Martha’s Cupcakes (because I already own it. It’s excellent). I’ve been looking for a good Indian cookbook. you’ll have to let me know how you like that one!

    This soup looks delicious. Full of some of my favorite flavors.

  6. my mom’s the same way–heaven forbid she show any favoritism!
    the soup has an assortment of seemingly random components, but i have no doubt they come together beautifully!

  7. Saag paneer is my all time favorite dish in the whole wide world. I am breathlessly awaiting a recipe. Oh, and the Rick Bayless cookbook is amazing– I became a slow-cooker FREAK for about 6 months thanks to Rick and Everyday Mexican.

  8. What a great cookbook haul! I am a list maker too – I have them on my computer and in about ten different small notebooks – one for each subject! It gets crazy sometimes. The soup looks comforting, flavorful and delicious! Enjoy your new cookbooks!

  9. Exciting to get that many cookbooks at once! I looked through the cupcakes one at barnes and noble one day and I wanted to try all of them!

  10. hahaha- my mom does the SAME thing. Isn’t it funny things you really want now that you’re “older”? I can see my 18 year old self looking at me now going you want what? Cookbooks? hehe. A great set indeed and this recipe sounds awesome. I love veggie filled soups year round. Hope you have a fabulous weekend

  11. Wow, you hit the cookbook lottery!! What a nice momma to keep things even! 😀

    I read cookbooks like fiction novels – glad I am not the only one! 😀

  12. I have heard great things about the Flavor Bible… If you take requests, drop me a review of what you think of it… worth the price?

    And my sainted 72 year old mother does the same thing

  13. What a warm, comforting soup. I’m envious of your cookbook collection! There’s nothing like browsing through pictures and pictures of incredible recipes to get your appetite going!

  14. This looks like one of those enormously comforting soups. I’ve bookmarked this recipe to share with my family next fall. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  15. I make those kind of lists on my laptop too! Restaurants to visit, kitchen items I want, to do lists, recipes to try, seriously everything! :) You picked some great cookbooks; I would love to have any of those. This soup looks fantastic! I love these spices and veggies.

  16. Your mom sounds so cute and so kind! Moms are the greatest! I would love to see your list of recipe ideas…I’m always curious as to how you come up with these ingenious recipes :) Your soup sounds delish! I really need to start experimenting more with Indian spices. Thanks for another great recipe creation!

  17. Thanks a lot for this recipe.Maybe I`ll try it on next Sunday. I have written some similar recipe recently. But your recipe is better than mine. Thanks again.

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