This was my second attempt at a carrot-leek soup.
The first involved a considerably smaller, and not nearly large enough, amount of carrots, and a misjudgment of the description on a somewhat-difficult-to-identify can of curry paste (language skills = lacking). This time around, the results were an appropriately hearty, creamy and flavorful vegetable soup. Greek yogurt with sriracha and honey makes it even better.
Carrot-leek soup with curry, ginger and garlic:
- 2 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 bunch leeks, relatively thinly sliced
- 4 cakes cloves garlic, heavily smashed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- chicken stock to cover the vegetables with about 1 inch extra stock (this will depend on the size of the stockpot you use)
- 4 tablespoons red curry paste
- 1 12 ounce can of coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons ginger root, grated
- squeeze of lemon juice
Sriracha-honey Greek yogurt:
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha
Peel and slice the carrots, place them in a large bowl, and set them aside.
Slice the leeks, from the white part or bottom up, until you reach the darker green portion. Slices should be about 1/4 inch thick. Place the leeks in a water bath and move them around a bit, so any dirt between layers shakes out. Drain and set aside.
In a large stockpot, bring the olive oil to medium heat. Smash garlic cloves with a heavy slap on the back of a knife, and scrape them into the warmed oil.
Let the garlic cloves cook until they become aromatic, about 4 or 5 minutes. Add the leeks, and season with salt and pepper.
When the leeks start to soften, add the chopped carrots. Let this go for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, before covering with stock, leaving about an inch of extra liquid over the carrots.
Bring the stock to a boil, cover the pot and simmer on low heat for about 1 hour.
When the carrots give easily with a finger press, remove the stockpot from heat. Blend the carrot mixture thoroughly with an immersion blender on a high setting. Pour the blended carrots into a large bowl.
Place the now-empty stockpot back on medium-low to medium heat. Put the curry paste in the pan, and stir while cooking for about 5 minutes. Pour the coconut milk over the curry paste, and whisk until the paste is fully incorporated.