VELVET BUTTERNUT SOUP

Sweet potato added to this butternut soup gives it a slight sweet taste that works beautifully with the hint of orange and curry.

Makes about 3,5 litre soup
Preparation time; 10 min
Cooking time: 45 min

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
oil
15 ml (1 T) roasted masala
1 kg butternut chunks
500 g sweet potato chunks
1 apple, grated
2 litre (8 c) Carmién rooibos tea made with 4 bags cherry orange and 2 bags ginger & chilli and 2 bags chai
2 (28 g each) chicken stock pods
15 ml (1 t) tomato paste
Salt and pepper to taste
Big handful of chopped coriander
Scoop creamy yoghurt or coriander pesto to serve (optional)

1Fry onion and garlic in heated oil till soft. Add the masala and mix well.
2 Add the butternut, sweet potato, strained rooibos tea, stock pods and bring to the boil.
3 Cook till the vegetables are soft. Add the tomato paste, season with salt and pepper and add a hand full of chopped coriander. Cook for 5 minutes.
4 Blend with a stick blender till smooth.
5 Spoon into soup bowls and garnish with yoghurt, pesto and coriander sprigs.

Carmen Niehaus, Food Editor, Huisgenoot & YOU