Double Coriander-Ginger Cream Soup

From: (Stephanie da Silva)

Date: Sun, 15 Aug 1993 14:35:52 GMT

4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons peanut oil
1 teaspoon Oriental sesame oil
1/2 cup finely chopped scallions
2 tablsespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
1/2 cup minced shallots
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander
1/4 cup minced chives
Fresh coriander leaves for garnish

In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablspoons of the butter in the peanut oil and
sesame oil over moderate heat.  Add the scallions, ginger and shallots and
cook until the shallots are softened but not browned, 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in the ground coriander, sugar, chicken stock, salt and pepper.  Bring
to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and
stir in the cream, fresh coriander and chives.

In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches until smooth.
Return the soup to the saucepan and cook over moderately low heat until 
heated through, about 3 minutes.  Stir in the remanining 2 tablespoons 
butter.  Ladle the soup into a soup tureen or individual bowls and garnish 
with coriander leaves.


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