A potjie and a fire do a great job when it comes to cooking soup. This fail-safe recipe results in a soup that works very well as an impressive starter to a three-course braaied meal. The special piece of equipment I have to make this recipe particularly successful is a cordless stick blender. Once all the contents of the potjie are cooked, you use the blender to transform the lumps into a smooth soup right there on the fire. Alternatively, just use a traditional potato masher for a soup with a slightly different texture but equally great taste. Feeds 8.
- 2 tots olive oil
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 1 tot ginger (piece of about 5 cm, freshly grated)
- 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
- 1 tot medium curry powder
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into blocks)
- 4 large carrots (peeled and cut into chunks)
- 2 cups good-quality chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 cup water
- 1 lemon (juice)
- 1 tot fresh coriander (chopped)
- salt and pepper
- 1 tub sour cream (or crème fraîche)
1. Heat the oil in a potjie on the fire and fry the onion for 4 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and fry for another minute.
2. Add all the spices and fry for about 1 minute until it starts smelling amazing.
3. Now stir in the sweet potato and carrot, making sure everything is mixed well with the spices.
4. Add the stock and water, bring to a gentle boil, and close the lid of the potjie. Simmer for about 45 minutes until everything is cooked and completely soft. You can check up on the potjie now and then just to make sure it’s not running dry but this is very unlikely. As usual, if it does happen, add more water.
5. Once everything is cooked through and soft, remove the lid and use your stick blender or masher to transform the contents of the potjie into a soup of uniform consistency. If the soup is too thick, add some water.
6. Stir in the lemon juice and coriander. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
7. Dish up with a big dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche in each bowl and serve with fresh bread toasted on the fire.
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