Spiced parsnip soup

By Jamie Oliver
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  • 800 grams parsnips
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 5 centimeter piece of ginger
  • Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Garam masala
  • 200 grams red split lentils
  • 4 uncooked poppadoms
  • 1.5 litres organic vegetable stock
  • 4 tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • 4 sprigs of fresh coriander
  • Optional: chilli oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Put two parsnips aside for later. Peel the onion, roughly chop with the remaining parsnips (keep the skins on) and peel and finely grate the garlic and ginger. Place the parsnips and onions in a large pan over a medium heat with one tablespoon of olive oil, then cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until dark golden, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and ginger, then scatter over the cumin seeds, one teaspoon of garam masala and the lentils and cook for a further five minutes. Roughly snap in the uncooked poppadoms, then add the stock and simmer for 20 minutes, loosening with a splash of water, if needed.
  2. Meanwhile, speed-peel the reserved parsnips into ribbons until you reach the woody core (discard this bit), blanch for 30 seconds in fast boiling water, then drain and pat dry. Season with sea salt, then spread out in a single layer over a couple of oiled baking trays. Roast for 15 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Season the soup to perfection, ripple through the yoghurt and divide between warm bowls. Pick over the coriander leaves, sprinkle with a little garam masala, and top with the parsnip crisps. Feel free to drizzle with chilli oil for a warm glow.


You can make this soup as chunky or as smooth as you like, and if you cook it a little drier, it makes a fantastic side dish as part of a bigger curry feast.


Veg by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House © Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2019 Veg). Photography: David Loftus.

Veg (2019). Approved PR recipe. Simply Christmas (UK) – Sept 2019.

Calories: 428
Fat: 11.7 grams
Saturated fat: 2 grams
Protein: 21.6 grams
Carbohydrates: 62.2 grams
Sugars: 16.9 grams
Salt: 1.1 grams
Fibre: 11.3 grams


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