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Carrot Ginger Soup
(Simple Dish)

Carrot and ginger are just made for each other. There is the slightest bit of sweetness backed by a perfect punch of spice.
 
INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1-lb. bag frozen chopped carrots, thawed
1 small onion, roughly chopped
1 2-to-3-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 star anise pod or 1/2 tsp. five-spice powder
2 cups carrot juice
1 lb. extra-firm tofu
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tsp. curry powder
Torn fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
 
INSTRUCTIONS

Heat 2 tbsp. vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the carrots, onion and ginger and cook until the vegetables are just soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the star anise, carrot juice and 3 cups water, then cover and boil until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes. Mix the cornstarch and curry powder on a shallow plate and season with salt. Pat the tofu dry and roll it in the cornstarch mixture.

Heat the remaining 6 tbsp. oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the tofu and fry, turning, until golden and crisp on all sides, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.

Discard the star anise. Transfer the soup to a blender and puree in batches, or puree directly in the pot with an immersion blender. Thin with water, if needed, and season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and top with the fried tofu then garnish with cilantro if desired.


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