Fiery Coconut Curry Soup

Bring the heat with this fiery soup recipe.

This beautiful coconut milk based soup is a glowing shade of orange that eventually turns a deeper red once the curry paste fully integrates with the other ingredients. The inspiration for this recipe is a combination of Indian and Thai cuisine, and it’s one of those recipes where I almost always have all the ingredients on hand, so it’s very convenient and easy to whip up. It’s a flavour bomb with a little bit of everything.

You get sweetness (especially if you opt for sweet potatoes over cauliflower), spice, creaminess, protein from the chicken and egg, texture from the mushrooms and a squeeze of lime or a dollop of sour cream (your acid) rounds out the flavour well. And it makes you feel so warm (ok, maybe hot!) on the inside.

Fiery Coconut Curry Soup

 

Serve over rice if you’d like a heartier meal, however, if you choose to cook with cauliflower, the florets will break down enough for it to feel like you’re eating the soup with cauli rice already! If you opt for the sweet potato, be aware that the fibers from this vegetable will break down considerably and create a cloudier soup. I love using my own broth, but it’s not necessary.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tbsp sesame oil (can use coconut oil instead)
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp ginger powder
½ tsp chile powder (I used Diasporo Sannam Chili)
Pinch of salt and pepper
2 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, chopped into bite size pieces
2 cans (400 ml) coconut milk
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 - 2 tbsp red curry paste, depending on spice tolerance
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1 small head of cauliflower or 2 yams, peeled and chopped
1 pint (200 g) mushrooms
2 eggs

 

 Garnish: cilantro, avocado, sour cream or Greek yogurt, lime

 

Recipe

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy bottom pot on medium heat. Add the onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add your spices and sauté until very fragrant, about 1 minute. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Add the chicken to the pot and stir to coat in the spices. Allow chicken to cook almost fully, then add the coconut milk, broth and water. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add the red curry paste and coconut sugar. Stir until paste dissolves and soup takes on a darker red colour.
  5. Add the cauliflower florets or yams, and mushrooms. Reduce to a simmer, and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, bring a smaller pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, carefully lower eggs into water one at a time. Cook for about 7 minutes. Immediately transfer the eggs to a bowl filled with ice cold water. Leave them in water for about 1 minute, then remove. Gently crack and peel the shell. Slice in half lengthwise. 
  7. Serve the curry soup hot with chopped cilantro, and half a jammy egg. Additional add ons can include avocado and a dollop of sour cream or yogurt.