Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Vegan Thai Curry Soup

Thai curry soup is one of my favorite items to order when I visit Thai restaurants. But the thought of attempting to make this soup at home daunted me, not because it is difficult, it isn't but by the list of exotic (at least for me) items like lemongrass, galangal etc that are required for authentic Thai dishes. These items are not available at my regular grocery and making a special trip to an Asian market to get these spices was not high on my list of things to do.

So I shelved the idea of making Thai curry soup at home until I came across Thai red curry paste in my regular grocery and it struck me that I could try making Thai curry soup with it. And that is just what I did,it was so simple and quick to make this soup. And the taste was just perfect, I absolutely adored this soup and it tasted just like the restaurant curry soup I usually have. This soup, I know for sure, is going to appear regularly in my weekly menu from now on:-)


Thai Curry Soup 3


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Ingredients and Method to make Vegan Thai Curry Soup
2 small onions (or 1 large) cut fine
3 large carrots (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
2 1/4 cup sliced button mushrooms ( about 8 oz)
1 large sweet potato (skinned and cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
3 1/2 cups of water or vegetable broth ( I used broth)

1 tbsp oil
2 inch piece of ginger minced
3 tsp of Thai red curry paste ( I used Thai Kitchen brand) (see notes)

salt to taste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder (or according to taste) (optional)

1/2 cup of coconut milk (fresh or canned) ( I used canned)
handful of fresh cilantro (coriander leaves) for garnish

Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed pan, add onions and saute until the onions are cooked and transparent

Add minced ginger and stir for a few seconds.

Add rest of the vegetables, salt to taste, water or broth and thai red curry paste and let it simmer until the vegetables are cooked.

Finally add coconut milk heat gently till the soup begins to bubble and simmer again. Add additional red chilli powder at this point if you want more heat.

Remove from heat and serve hot after garnishing with fresh cilantro

Notes
If you want to tone down the spice level in this soup and want a very mild soup you could use lesser quantity of Thai red curry paste or increase the quantity of coconut milk to 1 full cup

Some varieties of Thai curry paste have fish sauce in them, so please check the labels to be sure that the paste you buy is vegetarian/ vegan if you want to avoid fish sauce. This particular brand specified that it is vegan.

Suggested variation
Add some spinach in addition to all other vegetables to the soup for a slightly different flavor.

This Thai soup is off to Lisa's Thai Soup Event

35 comments :

Asha said...

I use the ready made Thai curry paste too, works fine foe me. Soup looks delicious. Great for this Winter, hot and spicy.

Preeti Kashyap said...

I love the use of sweet potato...nice pic!

Madhu said...

Very comforting soup, like the thai flavors..

Rachana Kothari said...

A bowl of hot Soup is what i want now...its freezing in here:) The Soup looks yumm

Mangala Bhat said...

Nice recipe very new to me ...book marked

Dershana said...

yet to try thai soups at home. this sounds easy n nice!

munchcrunchandsuch said...

ne wlook is so gud Usha..a change always rejuvenates..keep it going.thai soup looks appetising.bookmarking it

Sujatha said...

Hi Usha,

I saw your comment in my post, and accidentally hit the "reject" button.. not sure if you got any notification.. Sorry :(

Thai curry soup looks appetizing! Perfect for a cold winter day...

Cham said...

I get the lemon grass in farmers Market but galangal only in summer! Thai soup never tried at home, looks invinting!

indosungod said...

It's soup time of the year and Thai soups work very well. I can almost feel the taste of the curry soup you have there.

Pam said...

What a hearty and delicious soup... I love the color.

Ben said...

Lovely! I love Thai food, but have never made it at home. A soup is a good way to start.

PJ said...

Hi Usha,For a minute I thought I stepped into someone else blog.Looks lovely!
I have an award for u in my blog.Kindly collect it @ http://seduceyourtastebuds.blogspot.com/2010/01/7-secrects-of-mine.html

Sharmilee! :) said...

Hmm gud appetising soup!

Parita said...

I too avoid making thai dishes at home as lemongrass and other authentic asian ingredients are not common here, never tried making soup with ready made thai curry paste..lovely idea and your soup looks welcoming especially in winter :-)

Padhu said...

Vegan thai soup looks yummy..
New to your blog. Do drop by http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/ when time permits

Prathibha said...

Lovely soup to sip in this winter...yummy

Priya said...

Fantastic soup to enjoy this chilled weather, lovely thai soup..

Nandini said...

Wow! love this thai soup. Perfect for this cold weather.

Happy cook said...

Yhey do say fresh made is the best, but for me ready made is good enough and this looks so so yumm.

s said...

lovely!!!

Devasena Hariharan said...

Thai soup looks good! Never tasted thai food.

5 Star Foodie said...

A delicious and warming curry soup, I love that it is healthy too!

AshKuku said...

Nice hot bowl of soup.... wanna taste it..... but Thai not tried & tasted till date... will some day....

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Dolly said...

Wow, We love thai food at our house. Ur Thai soup looks so inviting and delish. Will try this soon..So apt for this wintry cold.

Please collect the Beautiful Blogger Award from my blog.You deserve it.You are a great blogpal

Lisa said...

Thanks so much for your entry. It sounds and looks just perfect! Great blend of flavours!

Vaishali said...

What a delicious picture-- you had my mouth watering, Usha. I am a huge sucker for Thai food and would surely love a bowl of your soup now!
A quick note-- the Thai Curry paste sold in stores is usually not vegetarian because it contains fish sauce. You probably already checked the label to verify that, but I thought I'd point out just in case.

sowmya.s said...

nice yummy recipe...never tried thai cuisine..i feel I should now..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

very new to me. never had it. but it shud be yummy.. i like thai food.

Oraphan said...

Your Thai curry looks absolutely amazing! This is really my kind of food, yours sounds so delicious. I've never tried Thai kitchen brand before, I'll check it out next time I go to Thai market.

Usha said...

Thanks all of you for your comments!

PJ thanks so much for the Kreativ blogger award !

Vaishali, thanks for pointing it out. I knew that and hence check the ingredients on the ready made paste before buying it, but your comment reminded me I need to update the post and mention it to my readers who may not know that !

Oraphan, this curry paste is available in most regular grocery stores, so you may not need to visit a specialty Asian store just for this!

Alexa said...

I can live on soup in the Winter. This looks like a must-try. Thanks for sharing Usha!

Soma said...

Looks nice and flavorful! A bowlful of health and warmth.

Graziana said...

yum an interesting recipe to try with my homemade thai curry paste, thank you!

jwagener3 said...

Made it last night, but added enoki mushrooms and a little maple syrup to tone the spiciness down - so delish - thanks for recipe!
Jamie :)

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