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Spiced cauliflower soup with yoghurt and dates

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Spiced cauliflower soup with yoghurt and dates

Serves 4 45 min
This unusual vegetarian soup really draws out the taste of cauliflower with a wonderful combination of warm, Indian-style spices, sweet dates and tangy yoghurt. It's substantial enough for a light lunch on its own, or eat with warm naan or pitta bread. If you'd like a vegan version, just omit the yoghurt.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 cauliflower, cut into florets (use the inner green leaves too), roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • little nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 litre veg stock
  • a little natural yoghurt
  • 6-8 dates, pitted and chopped
  • fresh coriander, chopped (optional)
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 35 min
  • Step 1

    In a large pan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and gently fry for 7-8 minutes, until soft.
  • Step 2

    Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. Add the cauliflower and spices and cook, stirring continuously, for another couple of minutes.
  • Step 3

    Add the stock, season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the cauliflower is soft.
  • Step 4

    Blitz until smooth. Serve with a swirl of yoghurt, topped with chopped dates and coriander if you have it.

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