Servings: Serves 6
In a large, heavy saucepan or stockpot, heat oil over medium heat. Smash bottom end of lemongrass (about 3 inches) with handle end of a knife. Add lemongrass, onion, celery, garlic, and ginger. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add carrots and curry powder and stir to coat vegetables. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes, or until carrots are very tender. Skim foam and fat from top.
Transfer from heat. Remove lemongrass and discard. Puree soup in batches in a food processor or blender (or puree in the pot with a hand blender). Return to pan and stir in coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into bowls and garnish with toasted coconut, if desired.
From the February 2001 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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