Creamy Cauliflower Soup With Taro Root (Vegan)

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This creamy cauliflower soup is rich and velvety without containing a bit of dairy (unless you want to use ghee), and the secret is the little-known taro root.

creamy cauliflower soup with taro root

I say taro is little-known, but don’t tell that to the Africans, South Asians, and Oceanic peoples who’ve enjoyed taro root for centuries.

In America, we hardly encounter it, and that’s a shame.

Taro is high in carbs (three times more than potato), but it’s also exceptionally high in gut healing prebiotic fiber (12 percent), and has powerful detoxing benefits.

You’ll also love how taro root balances your blood sugar, as well as the feeling of satiation you feel after enjoying this flavorful creamy cauliflower soup.

It includes the healing spices: turmeric, cumin, red chili, and asafetida. All assist with digestion and help to reduce inflammation.

You can easily enjoy this soup as a meal. It contains almond milk for protein, and an entire cauliflower. Who doesn’t love cauliflower these days right?

I think you’ll appreciate having another beautiful cauliflower recipe in your repertoire. This is also an opportunity to experiment with a new vegetable known as taro root.

RECOMMENDED: Learn more about the gut-healing properties of taro.


Cauliflower and taro root
Creamy cauliflower soup

Creamy Cauliflower Soup With Taro Root (Vegan)

A satisfying cauliflower soup that’s creamy and velvety without the dairy, thanks to the incredible qualities of taro root.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Andrea Hayley-Sankaran

Equipment

  • immersion hand blender
  • high speed blender

Ingredients

Step 1

  • 2 tablespoons ghee (for vegan, sub with sesame oil or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (sub with 1 clove garlic)

Step 2

  • 1 small cauliflower cut into 2-inch pieces (6 cups)
  • 2 taro roots peeled and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces (1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Himalayan pink salt
  • 5 cups water

Step 3

  • 1 cup almond milk almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder (sub with cayenne powder)
  • 1/2 lemon freshly squeezed

for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (dill, parsley, green onions) minced

Instructions

  • Heat ghee in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook until lightly browned. Add the turmeric powder and asafetida, and cook for about 10 seconds. 
  • Add the cauliflower, taro root, and salt, and stir. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add 5 cups water and bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce the heat to low and partially cover. Simmer until the cauliflower and taro root are soft (about 15 minutes).
  • Turn off the heat and let the soup cool for 5-10 minutes. Add the almond milk, black pepper, and red chili, and blend the soup until smooth using an immersion blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender use a regular blender, but be very careful when blending hot liquids (allow to cool first and leave room for steam to escape). 
  • Reheat the soup until hot. Add fresh lemon and taste the soup. Taste for sour lemon flavor. Taste for salt. Taste for pungent black pepper and red chili. 
  • Finally, serve the soup, and garnish with fresh herbs. I really enjoyed the finely chopped green onions with this soup. Stir them in and it gives a delightful textural element. Enjoy! 

Notes

CAUTIONS:

When handling taro root, consider using gloves because the hairy fibers on the peel can be irritating to the skin. 
Also, DO NOT EAT taro root raw, because it is toxic. Always cook before eating. 
This recipe is slightly adjusted from that of the wonderful Ayurvedic chef Divya Alter.

1 Comment

  1. sree October 10, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Andrea,

    Thanks for the idea. It looks yummy…!!

    Reply

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