The best carrot & coriander soup with cumin & orange

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carrot and coriander soup with cumin and orange

Summer looks set to be well on its way here in Cape Town, but we must not forget all the storms and cold snaps that pass through as late as November. I know this because when I moved back to Cape Town nearly seven years ago, I arrived on the fifth of November in a rainy and cool Mother City. I rented a flat in Bantry Bay for the month, and during that time a violent storm ripped a tree out the garden. I remember needing an extra duvet on my bed for a lot of the time and even turned the heater on.

carrot and coriander soup

I’ve noted over the years since my return that we do get cold stormy spells and it even snowed on the mountains one Christmas. So this recipe is for then.

carrot and coriander soup with cumin and orange

For those living in the Northern Hemisphere, this is one you can bookmark for the upcoming months.

This hearty and flavour-packed soup turns the humble carrot into something special. The cumin adds spice and depth, the coriander freshness, and the orange gives it an aromatic lift. It couldn’t be easier to prep using my Breville Whizz Pro and Control Grip immersion blender. I find it ridiculously easy to grate all the carrots and cut up the vegetables in seconds using the food processor. The industrial strength immersion blender turns this soup silky smooth.

The recipe can easily be halved if you are looking for two hearty portions. I like to serve it with a good swirl of crème Fraiche and roughly chopped pistachio nuts and dukkah. Crusty bread or slices of toast on the side obviously.

*cooks tip – I find younger (smaller) carrots more delicious than bigger ones and the fresher the better. The sweetness of these adds value to the soup vs. older ones that have a tendency to be slightly bitter. I also use a good-quality chicken stock. Taste and test to ensure you are getting enough flavour.

Recipe – Serves 4 – 6

carrot and coriander soup with cumin and orange

Serve this soup with either my easy cheese and sweetcorn bread or easy whole wheat bread.

carrot and coriander soup with cumin and orange

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carrot and coriander soup with cumin and orange


  • 2 cup of chopped onions
  • 2 celery stalk chopped
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 6 cups of grated carrots
  • 2 T chopped parsley
  • 6 cups of vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 2 T chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 t dried coriander
  • 1.5 t cumin
  • zest of an orange
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Crème fraiche extra coriander and dukkah to garnish (optional)


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot and fry the onions and celery until soft (about 5 minutes).
  • Grate the carrots (aprox 6 large) in the Breville Wizz Pro using the grater attachment, and add this to the pot and cook until softened.
  • Add the stock, herbs and spices and cook on a gentle simmer for about 30 minutes. Allow the soup cool slightly and then using the Breville Control Grip Blender, process the soup until smooth. Adjust the seasoning and add the zest. Serve with a swirl of crème fraiche , a sprinkle of chopped coriander and dukkah.
Author: Sam Linsell

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  1. I love the combination of carrot, cumin and coriander. Usually that’s how I season my carrots when I roast them. So I am 100% certain that I would devour this soup in a matter of moments 🙂

  2. Carolie de Koster says:

    Hi Sam

    Love love love this styling! And I will make this today… Please hold thumbs for there may be good news for us soon…
    Wish we could do a project together and then you can come to New Zealand to “rest” afterwards! I am extremely busy though with classes of all kinds and events until December – but the main work if anything happens will be for the new year! C xxx

  3. Love these pretty colors and flavors!

  4. This looks super delicious. Lately I’ve been loving soup for breakfast and I think this one is going to have to make its way into the rotation 🙂

  5. Hey Chelsea – wow soup for breakfast!! but then again why not? enjoy!.

  6. Love your concept about cook, eat, share & eat – especially share & eat of course 🙂
    Your carrot and coriander soup with cumin and orange looks just amazing. I will give the recipe definitely a try! “thumbsup!”

  7. Gorgeous photos! Winter is definitely on it’s way where I live, so I’m all about the soup these days. The flavours of carrot and coriander go together so well, and with cumin and orange I bet the flavours just explode! Thanks so much for a great recipe, really looking forward to this one!

  8. Hi Katie, thanks for the lovely comment. Sop much depends on the quiality of the stock and delicious carrot. But yes, it has loads of flavour.

  9. I have tried cumin in carrot soup before but never orange. Sounds like an interesting flavour combination perfect for Autumn 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  10. Thanks Sara

  11. Just made this lovely recipe and it tasted beautifully sweet and spicy too! Just a shame my daughter didn’t agree, its so difficult catering for children’s taste buds! x

  12. Thanks Jo

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