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Cauliflower Soup With Curried Onions - {Anglo-Indian}

It's a hearty first course soup and tasting distinctively subcontinent Indian, except for the bacon.... Of course it's easy enough to substitute olive oil for a delicious vegetarian soup.

Courses: Soup
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

4   Bacon - diced
  (or 4 tbspns olive oil)
2 cups 125g / 4.4ozSliced onions
1 1/2 teaspoons 7.5mlMinced garlic
1 teaspoon 5mlCurry powder
1/8 teaspoon 0.6mlCayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSugar
1 teaspoon 5mlFlour
5 cups 1185mlLight vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup 237mlPotato - peeled, and (medium)
  Coarsely chopped
1 3/4 teaspoons 8.8mlSalt
1 lb 454g / 16ozCauliflower - broken into
  Flowerets and the rest chopped
1 teaspoon 5mlTumeric
1/4 cup 59mlChutney
1/4 cup 23g / 0.8ozMinced parsley
1 tablespoon 15mlLemon juice
2 tablespoons 30mlDiagonally-sliced green onion

Recipe Instructions

Fry bacon until crisp, then remove, drain, and reserve. Pour off all but about 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat and scrape up the bottom of the pan a bit, then add onion, garlic, curry, and cayenne and stir for about a minute. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the onions are soft. Add the sugar, turn up the heat to high, and stir until the onions are brown -- about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and set aside.

At the same time, bring the stock to a boil in a large saucepan and add the potato and a teaspoon of salt. Cover, reduce heat, and cook for 10 minutes. Add the cauliflower and tumeric, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover, cooking until the vegetables are very tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool a minute or two.

Puree 3/4 of the cauliflower mixture with the chutney, then pour back into the pan with the remaining cauliflower mixture. Stir in the onion mixture and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes. At this point, you can hold it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. Just reheat when you're ready.

When ready to serve, stir in the crumbled bacon, parsley, lemon juice, and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with the green onions. Serve immediately.

Serve hot to 4 to 6 people.

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