I have always wanted to explore Thai and Mexican cuisine. Pastas and pizzas have become as common as idlis and dosas in our house, but I haven’t tried anything which is even remotely Thai and just the empanadas, quesadilla and a black bean/corn salad in the Mexican food fare. The two times that I went to a Thai restaurant did not go well. The aroma that floated in the room was very appetizing making me literally drool but what ended up on my plate was not as good as I had expected. Also I kept wondering if everything on the plate was vegetarian, even after confirming with the waiter a couple of times. What if the curry paste had fish or oyster sauce, what if the soup had chicken stock? That’s when I decided that I’m never going to step in a Thai restaurant again, ever! So I’m looking for some basic Thai recipes to begin with. Do you have any Thai favorites?
I came across this recipe for a vegetarian Thai coconut curry soup while browsing the Good Housekeeping’s Family Vegetarian Cooking book. The recipe was simple and the picture looked very good. Good enough to convince me to try it immediately. Like the carrot-apple soup recipe from that book, this one too turned out very tasty. My kids loved it so much that they kept asking for seconds. Other than few minor changes, I pretty much followed the original recipe.
Thai Coconut Curry Soup Recipe
|Prep Time||Cook Time||Yields|
|15 Mins||20 Mins||6 Servings (About 12 Cups)|
- 2 cups Coconut Milk (One 400ml/14.4oz can)
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Curry Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
- 2 inch Ginger, sliced into 4 pieces
- 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 4 cups Vegetable Broth (I used Water)
- 1 cup Water
- 2 cups Slice Mushrooms
- 3 cups Grated Carrots
- 1 cup Thinly Sliced Red Pepper
- 2-3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 1-2 teaspoons Salt (as per taste)
- 2 cups Broccoli
- 1 cup Sugar Snap Peas, halved
- 2 stalks Green Onions, finely chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons Lemon Juice (as per taste)
- 1 Lemon Zest
- 1 pack Extra Firm Tofu (I used a 10.5oz pack), drained and cut into small cubes
- In a big pot (a 5-quart Dutch oven), heat 1/2 cup of coconut milk over medium until it’s boiling. This will take about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the curry powder, red chili powder, ginger and garlic to the boiling coconut milk and cook for a minute.
- Now stir in the vegetable broth, water, mushrooms, carrots, red bell pepper, soy sauce, remaining coconut milk and salt.
- Heat to boiling thereafter reducing the heat and simmer for a minute.
- Stir in broccoli (if using), sugar snap peas, green onions, lemon juice and lemon zest. Discard the ginger. Cook for about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the cubed tofu and cook over medium-high heat for another 3 minutes.
- I didn’t have vegetable broth so used 5 cups of water instead of 4 cups of broth and a cup of water. If you are using store bought vegetable broth then go easy on the salt because the broth itself will have a lot of sodium and the soy sauce too.
- Broccoli was not used in the original recipe but I used it. Make sure that you do not over cook the broccoli because it will get soggy and we don’t want mushy broccoli in our soup. Do you? So if you plan to prepare the soup ahead, I would recommend not cooking the broccoli with the soup. Instead prepare the soup and just before serving, steam the broccoli with little salt for 5-6 minutes and stir it in the soup.
- Make it even healthier by adding baby spinach after stirring in the tofu and heat the soup just enough for the spinach to wilt.