December 17, 2012

Peanut Soup

Winter Solstice is this Friday, December 21st. Celebrate the shortest day of the year with some warming, slightly spicy soup.

Thai-Style Peanut Soup

You will need:
Sesame or olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch fresh ginger root, minced

1 teaspoon each: salt, black pepper, turmeric, cumin powder, coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon each: fenugreek seeds (or powdered fenugreek) and cinnamon
pinch cayenne if desired

1/4 cup peanut butter (you can substitute almond or cashew butter if you like)
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups stewed tomatoes

1 cup tofu or chicken, sautéed in:
2 Tablespoons sesame or olive oil
1 teaspoon Tamari (i.e. wheat-free soy sauce)

chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

Sauté onion on low heat for 10 minutes, until browned. Add carrots, garlic and ginger. Add spices and sauté on low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add nut butter and stir to dissolve.
Add broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce to summer and cook about 30 minutes on medium-low heat.

Prepare chicken or tofu.
Add to soup pot.
Mince cilantro and mix into soup. Serve hot with rice and lime wedges.

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