Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Turmeric and Cardamom

Cream of CAuliflower soup with Turmeric and Cardamom

Cream of Cauliflower soup with Turmeric and Cardamom

One day I was thinking to myself “Cauliflower and turmeric taste good together…” and this recipe was born. It is full of discreet, complex flavors perfectly balanced with each other. It is elegant enough to serve to company, but ridiculously easy to make, if you have a VitaMix. Serve it hot or cold. Leftovers store well in the refrigerator.

In addition to being delicious and easy, this creamy soup contains turmeric and cardamom, both of which are considered medicinal spices. Turmeric is known to have anti-inflammatory properties which can help control allergies, atherosclerosis, and arthritis. It has also been shown to have anti-cancer and anti-Alzheimer’s effects. One study showed that large doses of curcumin, one of turmeric’s potent compounds, controlled depression as well as Prozac, while another study concluded that curcumin decreased the likelihood of developing insulin resistance in predisposed patients. Cardamom has also been suggested to combat depression and have anti-inflammatory effects. If the health benefits aren’t enough to convince you, tumeric and cardamom are also delicious.

Enough talking you say. What is the recipe for this wonder-food!!?
Hold you horses. It’s coming. ☺

1 ¼ cup mashes potatoes*
1 cup heavy cream
5 cups whole milk
1 large (half fist sized) raw cauliflower floret**
2 large steamed cauliflower florets**
1 tsp cardamom
¾ tsp turmeric

*I recommend skin-in red potatoes. The bitterness of the skin adds to the flavor.
**I’m sure you could use all one or the other. Using two degrees of cookedness creates a more complex flavor.

1) Combine potatoes and cream and blend on a heavy power setting until the potato skins are very tiny and the mixture has a uniform consistency.
2) Add all other ingredients, turn power to high, and blend until steaming hot.
3) Voila! Enjoy. ☺

You could probably get a similar effect by first blending the ingredients, then heating to steaming on the stove.

Tried it? Let me know what you think!

Wishing you joy!
-Ekatrina

References:
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric-and-curcumin.html
http://www.myhealthylivingcoach.com/top-7-amazing-health-benefits-of-turmeric/#
http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/15-health-benefits-of-cardamom/