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Coconut Curry Carrot Soup w/ Fried Rice Croutons

Ingredients

Fried Rice Croutons:

  • 1/4 cup basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt

Soup:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil 2 small shallots, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 7 small carrots peeled and diced (equals to about 2 cups of carrots)
  • 1 tablespoons red curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt plus more if needed
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  • To make the fried rice croutons, mix the rice, water and garlic powder together in a rice cooker. Cook, using your rice cooker's instructions, until the rice is tender and water has evaporated. Transfer the rice to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator so the rice can "dry out" for about at least 2 hours, ideally overnight. This will make it more fry-able.
  • In a medium pot, heat the coconut oil, over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the shallots and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Next, add the garlic cloves, carrots, red curry and fresh ginger; stir until everything is thoroughly mixed and cook for about a minute, until very fragrant.
  • Mix in the veggie broth and coconut milk. Once the mixture reaches a slight simmer, turn the heat to low, cover the pot and allow to cook for 20 minutes, until the carrots are tender when poked with a fork.
  • If you have an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. If you don't have one, no biggie. Carefully add the soup to the blender (you'll have to do this in a few batches) and puree the soup, being sure you allow the hot air to escape (if not, you'll have a bit of an explosion on your hands). Adjust the soup's consistency, if you like. I added about 1/2 cup of veggie broth to thin it out just a bit. Next, salt to taste. (I added about 3/4 teaspoon of salt). Turn the heat to low to warm while you make the fried rice croutons.
  • At this point the rice should be dry. Line a 8x8-inch baking dish with foil. Press the rice onto the foil, creating one even layer. Give it a few more presses, just to be sure the rice is compact and adhering. Lift the foil out baking sheet (the rice should be a circular kind of shape); trim the sides with a knife and cut the compressed rice into squares (these don't have to be perfect).
  • In a sauté pan, pour in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When very hot, gently add the rice croutons and fry on each side until crispy, about 1 minute. Immediately transfer to a paper towel to drain and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with remaining rice croutons (this amount should give you about 8).
  • Divide the soup between bowls and garnish each one with a sprinkling of freshly chopped cilantro and a few fried rice croutons.

Nutrition

Serving: 3g