This is a comfort food of a different kind. It's not thick and hearty. It didn't conjure up memories of years gone by. What it did do was comfort my sore throat and achy body. When I heard about Lemon and Coriander soup, my sick little self became intrigued. When I read the ingredients and saw that it was a basic broth soup....requiring minimal effort, I was hooked and determined. But not enough to go to the market for the needed cabbage.
Thank God for children who are of driving age and are out of school for the summer! (and who are still happy to run errands, just for the chance to get out of the house and behind the wheel).
But I still had to make it. Which is fine cuz honestly, this is one of the easiest soups I've ever made. And it hit spot. It had a surprisingly "hearty" flavor to it that was satisfying, followed by a tangy lemony freshness, and then last but not least.....it tickled your taste buds with the aromatic playful yumminess of coriander leaves (which is also known as japanese parsley or cilantro). With all that going on, it still maintained it's lightness.
Lemon and Coriander Soup
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves (cilantro), reserve the stems
2 tablespoons oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
1 inch fresh ginger, chopped
5 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
4 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1/4 of a head of cabbage, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
8 peppercorns, crushed
salt to taste
Heat oil in a pan. Add onion, green onion, ginger and garlic.
Saute until translucent. Add the flour and saute for another minute or two.
Add the vegetable stock, coriander stems, cabbage, and carrots and bring to a boil.
Stir in the peppercorn. Add 1/2 of the chopped coriander. Reduce heat and cook for five to ten minutes.
Strain the veggies out and set them aside (they've done their job....send them home). Return the broth to the pan and heat. Add lemon juice and salt to taste. Return to a boil. Garnish with the remaining coriander and serve.
If you're looking for a soothing soup or just something delightful to enjoy during the summer, you might want to give this one a try.
I'm going to share this recipe with Deb over at Kahakai Kitchen for Souper Sundays
She always has wonderful soups and sammies going on over there
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