Chill Out! Curried Coconut-Avocado Soup

>> Tuesday, July 12, 2011

When I think "soup," I don't exactly think "filling." Stew? Yes. Chili? Tremendously. But soup? Most definitely not. Cold soups, in my experience, have even less stick-to-your-ribs staying-power. And where is all this discussion leading us?

Well, I made something that challenged my preconceived notions.

First, note that this recipe is not my own. It comes from the Sundays at Moosewood cookbook (a read I highly recommend, along with these books that are on our kitchen shelf). However, it's a variation on their recipe that makes it vegan and even more delicious, if I do say so myself.


What you'll need . . .
  • 1 large (medium-ripe) Haas avocado
  • 1-1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder

Method . . .
  1. Scoop the flesh from the avocado into a blender. Add the vegetable broth and blend until well incorporated. (It may help to chop the avocado a bit first.)
  2. Add in the coconut milk and curry powder. Blend again until smooth.
  3. If you'd like a slightly thinner soup, add some more coconut milk.
  4. Serve with banana naan for dunking.

Like I said, this soup is as filling as it is satisfying in the flavor department. Even at 20 weeks pregnant, I found it difficult to finish my portion (the recipe above makes two bowls).

The texture is incredibly smooth. Not unlike an avocado green smoothie, but different in a savory way. If you'd like to stick with the more original recipe, you can use heavy cream.

And -- seriously -- don't forget to get some banana naan in there. Between dunking and slurping, I hardly used my spoon!

What's your favorite soup? With the temps in the mid-90s today, I can't really think about eating anything warm. So, I guess this question is strange. If you know of any other great, filling chilled varieties, we'd love to hear 'em! Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

Speaking of chilled. Stephen's most recent beer creation is on tap. Too bad I can't enjoy it! Oh, well. Being pregnant definitely has its perks, too . . .

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