Beetroot and Cardamom Soup

Snuggle up on a cold evening with this earthy beetroot soup.

Ingredients

Serves 3

Beetroot: 250g
Mushrooms: 100g
Cardamom pods: 5
Vegetable stock: 600ml
Vegetable oil: 2 tbsp
Walnuts: ¾ cup
Coriander: to garnish

Method

  • Dice the beetroot into small cubes and cook with sufficient water until they are just done.
  • Dry toast the walnuts in a pan/oven for 5-10 minutes. They should be just beginning to turn a caramel color when ready; if they go dark brown they will be very bitter.
  • Heat oil in a pan; add the cardamom without the pods. Add the mushrooms and cook for a minute or longer. Stir in the cooked beetroot and walnuts.
  • Add the vegetable stock. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Blend the soup, garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.