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Indian-spiced Coconut Yam Soup
from The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook, ©2012 Melissa Costello and published by HCI Books. Reprinted with permission.

A delicious and wonderfully creamy, Indian-inspired soup made with garnet yams, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, and coconut milk. (For a 70% lower fat version, substitute light coconut milk.)

1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh ground ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 teaspoons garam masala
3 large carrots, diced
3 large garnet yams, peeled & cubed
4 cups vegetable broth
1 15-ounce can coconut milk
sea salt and black pepper, to taste
ground cinnamon

Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat and saute the ginger, garlic, celery, and onion until translucent and soft. Add the garam masala and stir to
combine in order to release the flavor of the spice. Add the carrots, yams, and vegetable broth. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil, turn down to a
simmer, and cover. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until the yams are soft. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk. Puree using a hand blender until creamy smooth and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with the cinnamon, to taste, before serving. Makes 6-8 servings.

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