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July 8th, 2007
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kumara-peanut soup
Bumped into Janna at the vege market today while buying ingredients for kumara-peanut soup.  Since I've gone to the bother of typing the recipe out for her, I might as well add content to teh interweb in general. For overseas types, these are kumara. I use the red ones.

So this is supposed to end up with an asian satay-ish sort of flavour.
 
two largish kumara, cut into smallish pieces
 
3 - 5 cardamom pods
1/2 tbsp whole cumin seeds
a chilli (or two) depending on how hot you like things, of whatever variety takes your fancy. Deseeded if you don't like it too hot.
teaspoon or so of tumeric
garlic - as much as you can be bothered peeling
 two largish onions
1 litre chicken or vege stock
couple of tbsp of crunchy peanut butter
fresh coriander if you like it
some standard cooking oil. or butter. 
 
Heat oil in large pot. Fry up the onion, garlic, cardamom, cumin, chilli and tumeric until the onion is clear and the spices smell yummy. Stir the kumara chunks in and coat them in the oil and spices. Cover the kumara in stock and simmer until it's really well cooked. Take the cardamom pods out and whizz the kumara et. al. up with a blender. If you don't have a blender you can mash it up and push it through a sieve, which works well but takes a while and is really messy. Add extra stock until the soup gets to whatever consistancy you like, heat it up again and stir in the peanut butter. Garnish with chopped coriander.
 
This freezes well and will make your workmates jealous if you take it for lunch. 

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From:micheinnz
Date:July 8th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
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Hmmm... I've got a butternut pumpkin to turn into soup, and was getting a bit bored of my normal recipe. Do you think this would work with butternut?
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From:dianavilliers
Date:July 8th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
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I'm personally not a huge pumpkin fan, but I expect it would work. And I'm all for experimental cookery. Go for it, and please report back!
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:July 11th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
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oooh, looks good. I'm sure I must be able to buy kumara somewhere in London... the NZ restaurants sell kumara chips after all!
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From:micheinnz
Date:July 16th, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
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If you can't, look for it by the name "sweet potatoes". They'll be the same or similar.
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