Servings: 4
Prep time: 20
Total time: minutes

I came to love beets late in life. As a child, no amount of threats could make me eat the vinegary slices that we were served in the UK. Then a vegetarian friend of mine served me roasted beets. What a difference! I started to experiment. I ate borscht! This Spiced Beet & Tomato Soup started out as a curry, then one day I blended some leftovers and ended up with this gorgeous-looking, delicious spiced beet & tomato soup. The color was unbelievable. Try it with a swirl of sour cream or Greek yogurt and garnish with a pinch of cilantro.To see how to make it, check out our video.

Preparation

1. Heat the oil in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds.  Let them sizzle for a few seconds until they start to darken, then throw in the garlic. Stir-fry the garlic until it starts to turn golden. Add the onion. Stir-fry for 2 minutes until the onion softens.

2. Add the flour and cayenne. Stir and fry for a minute, taking care not to burn them. Add the beets, tomatoes, salt, and 2 cups water and bring to a simmer. Cover and turn heat to low.

3. After about 30 minutes the beets should be tender. Remove the lid and turn up the heat to medium. Cook uncovered for about 5 minutes. Use a blender to puree the soup.  Adjust the seasonings and add a little water if it seems too thick — it should have a thick, creamy consistency. Heat through over medium-low heat. Serve in bowls with a swirl of sour cream or Greek yogurt and a pinch of cilantro, if using.


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