Soups made at home are packed with flavours and loaded with nutritious ingredients. Apart from being comfort food, this one pot of goodness is a soothing companion on a cold dreary day. A bowl of hearty soup helps lift your spirits and does not involve much prep work.
We have outlined the most important spices to create a delicious Moroccan carrot soup but if you want to make it the quick and easy way use our Moroccan Ras el Hanout spice mix and follow this easy Moroccan carrot soup recipe
To build flavours for your soup, begin by sweating the base ingredients. Generously season with herbs and spices and for the liquid element, use broth instead of plain water. The spices incorporated into a creamy Moroccan carrot soup are:
Being a versatile ingredient, this spice is used in varied forms. Fresh and powdered ginger is used for making savoury dishes while dried ginger is ideal for sweet recipes. When squeezed, fresh ginger releases an aromatic juice which is also added to uplift beverages like tea. Its health benefits include relieving pain, motion sickness, nausea and loss of appetite.
A common spice, cumin helps regulate blood sugar and aids digestion. Whole cumin should be added to hot oil and allowed to crackle before adding the remaining ingredients. Cumin seeds when toasted emanate an earthy aroma as their natural oils get released. If overcooked, the seeds tend to get slightly bitter. These seeds are a rich source of iron, promote digestion and help treat inflammatory diseases.
To make coriander powder, grind lightly toasted and crushed coriander seeds. These seeds have an intense aroma and delightful flavour. Coriander is used in its fresh, whole and powdered forms. It has medicinal properties as it keeps a check on one’s cholesterol levels, helps tackle diabetes, eases digestion and facilitates hair growth. A pinch of this flavourful spice has been used as an essential condiment in savoury dishes for ages.
For a slight kick of heat, brightness and added flavour, chilli flakes are added to Moroccan carrot soup. When sprinkled sparingly, red chilli flakes are a welcome addition to many recipes. They help bring out the flavour of the other ingredients just right and moderately spice the dish. In addition, chilli flakes help control weight, clear congestion in your throat and lungs, boost immunity and prevent stomach ulcers.
Known as a delightfully exotic spice, cinnamon adds a well-balanced depth of flavour to the soup. It has a pungent taste and smell and is known for its culinary and medicinal properties. Cinnamon adds a sweet aromatic flavour to every recipe and when consumed, it leaves behind a refreshing, warm, and comforting effect. It is also known to settle your stomach, improve blood circulation, digestion, and boost your metabolism.
This visually appealing and wholesome soup is served with a dollop of yoghurt. For that crunch element, sprinkle roasted chickpeas once served.
Coriander Seeds Ground
Ground coriander seeds are obtained from the coriander (or cilantro) plant that belongs to the carrot and parsley family. They have a yellowish brown colour and a a delicious flavour reminiscent of orange peel and sage. It is a versatile spice that works in both savoury and sweet dishes. It is an essential spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Our coriander seeds ground are grown locally in Australia and ground to fine powder in our factory.$3.45
Cumin Seeds Whole
Cumin seeds are an ancient and versatile spice that is a staple in countless kitchens across the world. Cumin has a khaki colour and peppery and nutty flavour with tangy citrus overtones. It is a key ingredient in curry making. Use in Middle Eastern, Indian, Spanish, and Mexican cooking.$3.45
Ground ginger is ginger that has been dried and finely milled. It has a lemony fresh aroma and tangy freshness, slight spiciness and warmth that marry well with cakes, pastries and bread mixes as well as Indian and Asian curries. Ginger is considered a versatile spice, it can be used in sweet and savoury dishes and can replace fresh ginger in any recipe. In its powered form it is key ingredient in curry blends and Chinese Five Spice.$3.45
Chillies Crushed with seeds
Chillies are grown throughout the world and are used to add flavour and heat to many dishes. Dried chillies taste rather different to the fresh variety due to the caramelisation of the sugars that occurs during the drying process. They are used widely in Mexican, Asian, Indian and Italian dishes.$3.45
Cinnamon Ground – Cassia Vera
Cinnamon Ground is the ground powder form of the Cassia quills . It is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cassia vera. Cinnamon is used in both sweet and savoury foods to impart a warm spice flavour. In the Middle East it is commonly paired with meats such as chicken and lamb. The term ‘cinnamon’ also refers to its mid-brown colour.$3.45