Carrot and Coconut Soup

Ingredients

Soup

2tbs coconut oil like H2coco coconut oil (OVCO)
750g carrots, peeled and finely sliced
2 large eschallots, finely sliced
2 medium garlic cloves, finely sliced
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, julienned
6 thyme sprigs
2 star anise
1tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper
700ml coconut water like H2coco
300ml vegetable stock
350ml coconut cream

Coconut sambal

1 cup desiccated coconut
1 bunch coriander, leaves picked and washed
Juice of 1 lemon

Roasted baby carrots

8 baby carrots, washed
1tbs coconut oil like  H2coco (OVCO)
Salt and pepper
¼ cup pomegranate seeds

Method

To start the soup, melt down the coconut oil in a large saucepan, over a medium heat.

Add the carrots, eschallots, garlic, ginger and thyme and sauté for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the cumin and star anise and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking the carrots for another 3 minutes.

Then, add the coconut water and vegetable stock, place the lid on and simmer over a medium heat for 30 minutes or until the carrots are tender.

Add the coconut milk and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Remove the star anise from the mix and place the carrots plus all the liquid into a blender. Blitz the mixture until it becomes a smooth puree.

For the roasted baby carrots, melt down the coconut oil and pour it over the carrots. Place the carrots into a roasting tray lined with baking paper and mix through the coconut oil.

Season with salt and pepper and place the carrots into a 250’c pre heated oven for 10-12 minutes until they are caramelised and just cooked.

For the coconut sambal place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

Serve the soup hot in bowls, place two of the carrots on the edge of each bowl, garnish with some of the coconut sambal in the middle of the soup and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds.

Original recipe on H2 Coco