Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Curried Cashew-Vegetable Soup from "Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons" by Nava Atlas

Well, today's post is a bit different and very exciting for me, because I've been asked to participate in a "Blog Tour" for cookbook author Nava Atlas, in celebration of today's release of Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons . Now in its 4th edition; many of you may remember the cookbook as "Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons".

First, a technical note for fellow cook-book geeks like myself: While fairly similar to the third edition (the one with the green cover) this edition is significantly different from the original first edition; first, all the recipes are now vegan, and second, there are mouthwatering photos... and check out the beautiful new cover!
Fellow bloggers are participating as well, simply Google "Nava Atlas Blog Tour" and you'll find their posts too! (I may come back and add links when everyone's posted).

This cookbook has been a family favorite of ours for quite some time. Come on people, it's full of soup recipes - who doesn't like soup? You really can't go wrong with Nava's recipes, they're always tasty, easy to prepare and have ingredients I can find at a "regular" grocery store. I also admit, quite selfishly that this particular cookbook is near and dear to my heart because the author includes one of MY recipes. (African-Inspired Quinoa Peanut Soup which I'll spare you from blogging about yet AGAIN!).

For this momentous occasion, I narrowed the many delicious options down to one of my family's favorites; Curried Cashew-Vegetable Soup. I think you'll LOVE this one!

Here is the recipe, (with the author's permission of course) straight from the book, **the only change I made was to use carrots and potatoes instead of the green vegetables, making it a more hearty, winter stew. Enjoy!! (Oh, and we added grilled vegetable sandwiches to ALSO celebrate our new panini press. Double yum!!)


Curried Cashew-Vegetable Soup

With notes of ginger, curry, and citrus
6 to 8 servings
Cashew butter make an offbeat, rich-tasting soup base.
This luscious soup is good hot or at room temperature

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large celery stalk, diced
4 cups water
1 cup cashew butter
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger, to taste
2 teaspoons good-quality curry powder, more or less to taste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch of nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste
1/2 cup orange juice, preferably fresh
3 cups steamed fresh green vegetables (such as finely chopped broccoli, green peas, diced zucchini, cut green beans,or any combination) **I used potatoes and carrots
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Thinly sliced scallions for garnish
Chopped cashews for garnish, optional

Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onions, garlic, and celery and sauté over medium-low heat until all are lightly browned.
Transfer to a food processor with 1 cup of the water and process until smoothly pureed, then transfer back to the soup pot.

Or add 1 cup of the water to the soup pot and process with an immersion blender until pureed. Add the remaining 3 cups water and bring to a rapid simmer. Whisk in the cashew butter, about 1/3 cup at a time. Stir in the ginger, curry powder, cumin, nutmeg, lemon juice, and orange juice. Return to a rapid simmer, then lower the heat.

Cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Stir in the steamed vegetables. If the soup is too thick, add enough water to give the soup a slightly thick consistency. Season with salt and pepper, then serve. Garnish each serving with scallions and chopped cashews if desired.


VeggieGirl said...


T said...

Wow, that looks too good, I'll definitely have to check out the book. And how exciting is it that your recipe is in there!?

Lauren said...

I've got to get this book, I am soooo all about soups lately! Brrrr!

Jen aka Jewbacca said...

this sounds really decadent. i'm a pretty picky person when it comes to soup, but i'll eat anything that has a nut butter base. yum.

Matt said...

Congratulations. It's quite an honor to be in print.

Vegyogini said...

Congratulations on being published! I have the green cover edition of the book and I LOVE soup!

Bianca said...

Cashews and curry are two of my favorite ingredients, so I know I'd love this. Yea for Nava Atlas! And how cool that her book has one of your recipes in it.

B36Kitchen said...

I love the idea of a blog tour. I really need to get this book I love anything that has cashews and curry in it.

Vegemommy said...

Winter+soup=a winner every time. Thanks for sharing!

Netts Nook said...

Thank you for posting this recipe sounds great.

Sarah said...

Congrats on getting your recipe published, that's wonderful!

Carrie™ said...

I don't know how cold it gets in Washington, but we are in another deep freeze here. It's ridiculous. Soup has been on the menu a lot lately. This one sounds incredible!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Ginger, curry and citrus....YES! This soup is so amazing, I will definitely try this. And I want a panini press, it always makes things look so pretty.

Great blog!

miss v said...

looks yummy!

Bethany said...

that soup looks good. it's cool that the cookbook went vegan :)