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Tamarind Sweet Potato Bisque

Yield 5 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
The pods of the tamarind tree yield a sweet-sour pulp that flavors many Dutch, Indonesian, and East Indian dishes. You can find tamarind paste in specialty food stores or online at www.spicesgalore1.com and www.quickspice.com. A little goes a long way, so measure carefully.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons plum vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 fresh lemongrass stalk, halved lengthwise

Nutrition Information

  • calories 133
  • caloriesfromfat 14 %
  • fat 2.1 g
  • satfat 0.3 g
  • monofat 0.6 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 3 g
  • carbohydrate 27.2 g
  • fiber 3.1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.8 mg
  • sodium 627 mg
  • calcium 27 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place all ingredients in an electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 5 hours. Discard lemongrass. Place half of the potato mixture in blender, and process until smooth. Pour the pureed potato mixture into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with the remaining potato mixture.