• African Tomato And Harissa Soup With Coriander Cream

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    • 6 Tbsp. oil
    • 450 gm onion finely minced
    • 4 clv garlic crushed
    • 4 x level tsp grnd cumin
    • 2 x level tsp harissa
    • 2 x level tbsp tomato paste 2 x 400g cans minced plum tomatoes in tomato juice
    • 25 x mm fresh ginger grated
    • 2 x level tsp caster sugar
    • 2 lt light vegetable or possibly chicken stock
    • 1 x salt and freshly grnd black pepper
    • 200 ml double cream
    • 6 x level tbsp roughly minced fresh coriander coriander sprigs and crushed black pepper to garnish hot naan bread to accompany


    1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the onion gently on the simmering plate for 5 min or possibly till soft but not coloured. Add in the garlic and cumin cook for 30 seconds then add in the harissa and tomato paste and fry for 1 minute.
    2. Add in the tomatoes ginger sugar and stock.
    3. Season and bring to the boil then cook gently in the simmering oven for 20 min.
    4. Allow the mix to cold a little.
    5. Place in a blender and process till smooth.
    6. Sieve then return the soup to the pan. Bring to the boil and season again.
    7. lightly whip the cream then season and mix in coriander.
    8. To serve spoon the cream on top of the soup gamish and accompany with hot naan bread.
    9. This is a delicious warm and spicy winter soup with a fragrant whipped cream topping. Harissa is a chilli paste often used in north african cooking.
    10. Serves 8

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