Curried parsnip and pear soup with mini bhajis


Mini onion bhajis are a great addition to this curried parsnip and pear soup from Luke Tipping. This is a warming soup full of flavour, perfect for Autumn or Winter.

First published in 2015




Curried parsnip and pear soup

Mini onion bhajis

Curry oil

  • 1 tbsp of curry powder
  • 30ml of rapeseed oil


  • Blender


Place a pan over a low-medium heat. Melt the butter then add the onions and curry powder, cook for 2-3 minutes
Add the parsnip and celery, cook for a further 5-6 minutes then add the pear
Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 35-40 minutes
  • 600ml of vegetable stock
Remove from the heat and add the yoghurt. Transfer the contents of the pan to a blender and blitz until smooth. Season and pass through a strainer into a saucepan and set aside
For the bhajis, place the onion in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Leave to stand for 4-5 minutes, until the onions release some liquid and soften
Add the turmeric, coriander, cumin and flour to form a paste and leave for 5 minutes - if the paste does not hold together, try adding a dash of cold water
Fill a small, deep saucepan to halfway with oil and heat to 170°C. Take a serving spoon and drop spoonfuls of the battered onions into the hot oil
  • 500ml of vegetable oil
Cook for 2-3 minutes until golden and crispy. Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen towel
For the curry oil, place a frying pan over a low-medium heat and gently toast the curry powder in the dry pan for 1-2 minutes to release the aromas. Add the rapeseed oil, stir and heat gently for 3-4 minutes
  • 2 tbsp of curry powder
  • 60ml of rapeseed oil
Remove from the heat and leave to cool, then pass through a fine strainer into a bowl
Before serving, reheat the soup on the stove over a low heat
Divide the soup into bowls and place a bhaji in the centre of each. Drizzle the curry oil over the soup and serve immediately
First published in 2015

Luke describes his style as ‘very natural, very seasonal and free flowing’

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