The Moroccan cuisine is perfectly seasoned and strikes a perfect balance between sweet and savoury tastes. Inspired by the flavours of this cuisine, the carrot soup is subtly spiced, essentially with coriander, cinnamon, and cumin. This sweet and pleasantly spiced carrot soup is not just filling and refreshing, but also easy to prepare.
The recipe for Moroccan carrot soup is very versatile and a vast canvas to experiment with the variety of excellent spice blends available. You can try and substitute with your choice of spice blend- ras el hanout, za’atar, curry powder or Chinese five-spice, to name a few.
Let us now see a few of the spices you need for this recipe.
Roasted and grounded cumin imparts a warm, earthy, and aromatic character to the food. Spice blends, like the ras el hanout and curry powder, use cumin along with other spices. With the precise measures of all spices along with cumin, ras el hanout sets a beautiful balance between sweet spices like nutmeg and savoury tastes of cumin and ginger.
Roast the seeds first, then grind them to a fine powder. Roasting adds a crispy, aromatic, and pungent taste. These seeds are sweet and release a lemony citrus tinge when crushed. The ground coriander added in the soup gives a crunchy texture to Moroccan carrot soup. These seeds are used in combination with other spices while using curry powder as a spice blend for this soup. The soup gets enriched with a South Asian flavour.
Cinnamon is primarily used as a flavouring additive in various cuisines across the world, both in sweet and savoury dishes. It accentuates the spicy aromatic essence in recipes ranging from that of chocolates and bread-based dishes to those of chicken and lamb. It gives a sweet taste with a hint of buttery aftertaste. When preparing the carrot soup, use the right proportions of cinnamon and other spices to achieve the best essence of the spices.
Cloves have a highly intense flavour and scent. Use them in small quantities to experience the sweet taste. The intensity is much higher when using crushed cloves. Spice blends like ras el hanout, Chinese 5 spice, and allspice use cloves. Depending on which variant of the carrot soup you prefer, choose the appropriate spice blend containing cloves. If preparing the mix at home, use only a tad bit of clove powder, else the soup will have an intense and overpowering taste.
The nutmeg has a unique pungent aroma, and it tastes slightly sweet. Western countries use nutmeg, especially while baking cakes, meats, and vegetables. In the case of Moroccan spices like ras el hanout and allspice, nutmeg is one significant ingredient. The delicately spiced carrot soup gets an exotic aroma from the nutmeg.
Lastly, as a tip, try thinning the soup with a little coconut milk. Use the right kinds of spices, since the coconut compliments the spices splendidly.