Cream of celeriac soup with vadouvan spices

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cream of celeriac soup with vadouvan spices

Earthy sweet and delicious this hearty soup is  perfect for winter . There are many possible variations of this soup so you will never get bored. This version inspired  by chef Harris Ryan is a classic style cream of celeriac but  the garnish is what makes it exceptional. The combination of Vadouvan spices* , hazelnuts , fresh pear and chives is divine.

*Vadouvan is  a French-i-fied curry powder that’s enjoyed a burst of publicity the last couple of years from chefs, eaters, and Top Chef audiences. Its French influences set its base firmly in the addition of the allium’s family, mainly  shallots, onions, and sometimes garlic, the effect of which is  to create a  sweet slightly smokey undertone. Bittersweet fenugreek is almost as essential, and curry leaves make frequent appearances, it is a curry powder you really can add to most anything.  Its simpler flavors come through sharper, especially when played off starchy vegetables, grains, dairy, and meat. Vadouvan is bold enough to stand up to flavors like lamb (or goat!) and tangy yogurts, but delicate enough to play nice with demure chicken and winter squash. 

Note: this spice is also spelt   vadavam and vadavan

Spices used in this recipe


  1. Dice, onion and garlic and saute in a saucepan with olive oil till transluscent.
    Sprinkle cumin and  celery seasoned salt,  saute 2 min to allow the spice aromas to be released.

  2. Add celeriac, water or stock . make sure enough to cover the celeriac. Bring to  the boil and simmer 15min till celeriac is very soft. Process the soup in  a food processor and gradually add the milk or creme fraiche and butter  till blended in.

  3. Season to taste with celery salt and white ground pepper. If the sauce is too thick add a little extra water.

    Garnish : as per the photo we have used all the garnishes  in the ingredient list , but any combination will work:

    Vadouvan curry mix is known as the “french curry ” . it is more often used by chefs to garnish or as a spice rub  rather than a full indian curry blend.  The french have taken the traditional indian curry spices and added  allium flavour  base ( shallots, onion and garlic )

One thought on “Cream of celeriac soup with vadouvan spices

  1. Liz Edgecombe says:

    We received this lovely feedback which i thought i would share with our community.
    From: Karyn

    Message Body:
    Hi Liz

    Thought I would let you know that I made the most flavoursome slow cook goat curry with your wonderful Vadouvan French Curry blend. I usually use my own mix of spices but the Vadouvan blend was absolutely delicious. I look forward to using it with many other meat cuts as well as a favourite vegetarian curry dish.


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