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Beetroot & Chilli Soup

This soup sure packs a punch so is certainly not for the faint of heart!  That, plus the most spectacular colour it takes on, means I've taken to nicknaming it 'Devils Broth'! Of course the heat you end up with does depend on the type of chilli you opt for, some being meaner than others.

This being a chilli recipe it is of course one of Ryan's favourite recipes, and is now a big hit with his friends too. It's guaranteed to help warm you through on a cold day so perfect for the winter months... are you brave enough?


Like most soups it's best paired with a big chunk of crusty bread with plenty of butter & perhaps a dollop of cream cheese or yogurt to mellow it out if you can't handle the heat. 


TIP! Fresh beetroot has a muddier flavour if added straight to the soup raw so we recommend boiling it first for approx 30mins until the skins are ready to slide off. Peel it in the sink before returning to the pan with some fresh water for a few more minutes, drain again and use as per the recipe. Be careful of your skin, clothes and furnishings when preparing and eating beetroot as it will stain everything! 



1 onion

2 cloves garlic

1 red chilli (+ more if you're feeling brave!)

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 pinch garam masala

2 cooked beetroots

1 stick of celery

1 litre vegetable stock/bouillon

400g tinned tomatoes

+ butter/oil for frying



1. Finely chop the veg and gently fry the celery and onion in butter (in a deep saucepan) until softened.

2. Add garlic, chilli, and spices and cook for a further minute, stirring continuously.

3. Add the beetroot (I cheat and use a processor to chop the beetroot to save dyeing my hands!) and pour in the tomatoes and stock. Simmer for 15 mins.

4. Mash the veg to thicken, or puree with a blender for a smooth result.

5. Ladle into bowls to serve alongside a chunk of bread, and with an optional dollop of cooling yogurt if the heat gets to you!


Let us know what you thought in the comments below!


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