Luke Tippling’s Curried Parsnip And Pear Soup

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Perfect for a wintery day, mini onion bhajis are a great addition to this curried parsnip and pear soup from chef Luke Tippling.

Ingredients: 
For the soup:
2 large parsnips, peeled and cubed
1 pear, peeled and chopped
10g of butter
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
600ml of vegetable stock
100ml of low fat natural yoghurt
2 tsp curry powder
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of pepper

For the mini onion bhajis:
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp gram flour
1 tsp salt
500ml of vegetable oil

For the curry oil:
1 tbsp of curry powder
30ml of rapeseed oil
100g of rocket
1 dash of olive oil

Method:
1 Place a pan over a low-medium heat. Melt the butter then add the onions and curry powder, cook for 2-3 minutes.
2 Add the parsnip and celery, cook for a further 5-6 minutes then add the pear.
3 Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 35-40 minutes.
4 Remove from the heat and add the yoghurt. Transfer the contents of the pan to a blender and blitz until smooth. Season and pass through a strainer into a saucepan and set aside.
5 For the bhajis, place the onion in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Leave to stand for 4-5 minutes, until the onions release some liquid and soften.
6 Add the turmeric, coriander, cumin and flour to form a paste and leave for 5 minutes – if the paste does not hold together, try adding a dash of cold water.
7 Fill a small, deep saucepan to halfway with oil and heat to 170°C. Take a serving spoon and drop spoonfuls of the battered onions into the hot oil.
8 Cook for 2-3 minutes until golden and crispy. Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen towel
For the curry oil, place a frying pan over a low-medium heat and gently toast the curry powder in the dry pan for 1-2 minutes to release the aromas. Add the rapeseed oil, stir and heat gently for 3-4 minutes.
10 Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then pass through a fine strainer into a bowl.
11 Before serving, reheat the soup on the stove over a low heat.
12 Divide the soup into bowls and place a bhaji in the centre of each. Drizzle the curry oil over the soup and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Luke Tipping for Great British Chefs.

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