Here in Dallas, it feels like spring! This won’t last long, but it’s so lovely right now. A cool breeze, and warm sunshine. It’s just perfect timing to still be able to enjoy warm, spicy flavors, and to start mixing in some cool ones too. Enter: Curry Lime Coconut Soup! This dish packs a lot of flavor, there’s nothing mild about it. Zesty lime, smooth coconut, and lots of spice.
Before you make this dish:
I found some beautiful Italian squash on sale, bought way too much, and froze them a couple weeks ago. So here, I’m using pre-cut frozen squash. There’s no need to defrost if you do the same, just pull from the freezer when you start to saute your onion, and garlic. You can use fresh squash, just peel,and cut. The cooking times should still be about roughly the same, but just watch to make sure the fresh squash isn’t getting too soft, if so, just shave a few minutes off cooking. Also, you don’t have to use Italian squash, feel free to use any, or even some potatoes, or lightly baked eggplant! The same goes for the greens: mustard, collard, un-stemmed kale, etc will work great, but any of those will need to be blanched first.
This recipe makes two very large soup servings, with some left over, or 3 smaller servings. Feel free to adjust for bigger crowds, translates beautifully to a large batch.
Here’s what you need:
Olive oil for sauteing
I small onion (or half of a medium), finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp turmenic
1/2 tsp cumin
1 roma tomato, roughly chopped.
3 small Italian squashes ( or other squash, vegetable of choice), peeled, and chopped into thick slices.
1/2 cup prepared vegetable broth
1/2 can coconut milk (light or full-fat okay, full fat will make for thicker soup)
1 can chickpeas, drained ( and washed if in brine)
2 handfuls baby spinach, washed
salt & pepper to taste
Heat olive oil over medium heat.
Add onions, and saute for one minute, then add garlic. Saute until both are translucent.
Add spices, and tomato. Saute until thick, bubbly, and fragrant.
Add juice of one lime, and stir.
Add vegetable broth and squash/veggies, stir.
Cover, and simmer on medium for approx. 7 minutes, stirring half-way through.
Add coconut milk, and garbanzo beans, and stir.
Cover, and simmer for an additional approx. 6 minutes on medium.
Add baby spinach, salt, and pepper. Stir, and cover. Simmer again for an additional 5-8 minutes on low-medium, stirring half-way through.
Garnish with fresh ginger, more limes, or some soy/coconut tart yogurt.
*Note : I know I said “stiiiiir” about a million times in this post, but that’s because you don’t want your coconut milk (or any other for that matter) to burn, it tastes icky! 😉