Spicy parsnip soup with onion bhaji (Angela Hartnett)

Spicy parsnip soup with onion bhaji

Sweet and buttery, parsnips are one of winter’s gifts to help us through the first frost. Try this wonderful spicy soup and side, inspired by Emma, my chef at Whitechapel gallery.

The soup
25g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely sliced
4 medium parsnips, peeled and finely sliced
2 tsp curry powder
300ml vegetable stock or water
50ml double cream

Put the butter and olive oil into a pan. When it warms, add the onion and saute for two minutes. Before the colour changes, add the parsnips and curry powder and continue to fry for five minutes. Cover with the stock or water, simmer for 15 minutes or until the parsnips are soft. Blend the contents into a smooth soup and return to the pan. Then add the cream, bring to the boil and season. If it’s too thick, add some stock or milk.

The bhaji
1 medium onion, finely sliced
30g plain flour
Pinch coriander powder
Pinch cumin powder
1 egg, beaten
200ml vegetable or groundnut oil

Put the sliced onion in a bowl with the flour and spices and mix together. Add the egg, season, and mix well. Heat the oil in a deep pan and add a large spoonful of the bhaji mix. Fry for one minute, turning occasionally until golden brown. Drain on to kitchen paper and serve with the soup.

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