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Two star Michelin chef Michael Caines shares his classic soup starter that comes with a fragrant spicy twist.

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Curried Carrot Soup


• 3/4 cups onions, chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic, lightly crushed
• 2 1/2 cups carrots, chopped small
• 3/4 cups unsalted butter
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• A large pinch of Madras curry powder
• 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
• 2 1/2 cups water
• 1 bouquet garni (parsley stalks, coriander stalks, thyme, bay leaf, celery and leek, tied with string)
• Fresh coriander leaves


Cook the onion, garlic and carrots gently in a saucepan with a pinch of salt and the butter, without colouring, for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, toast the cumin seeds in a dry pan. Add the toasted cumin and Madras curry powder to the vegetables and cook for a further 2 minutes, then add the chicken stock, water and bouquet garni.

Bring to the boil and add a little salt, then reduce to a simmer and leave to cook slowly for 30 minutes.

Transfer to a blender and blend to a fine purée, then pass the purée through a sieve and return it to a clean pan.

Check the seasoning and serve sprinkled with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

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