The cold days are here (in Croatia at least)  and this is the perfect soup for a morning (or afternoon, or evening) warm up. This soup is also healing and it helps boost our immunity.


  • Dark sesame or olive oil
  • 1 leek
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 carrots or 1/2 pumpkin
  • 2-3 dried shiitake / several rings of dried lotus / dry daikon ( pre-soaked )
  • 1.5 L of water or veggie broth
  • Turmeric
  • 1-2 tbsp Miso paste
  • Fresh ginger juice
  • Black pepper



In the pot, heat the oil and add the leeks (white part) and garlic.  Add the carrots / pumpkin, and water/veggie broth and sliced shiitake, lotus and daikon and turmeric. Cook until vegetables are cooked to your taste. I like them to be really soft in this soup. Mix the miso paste separately in one ladle of hot soup and put the mixture in the soup when you remove it from the fire. Add the black pepper, fresh ginger juice of ginger to taste and green part of the leeks. Cover for a few minutes and serve.


What's Your Favorite Recipe To Keep You Warm During Cold Winter Days?