I adapted this Thai Coconut Curry Soup from a recipe I found in Street Vegan, the great cookbook from the Cinnamon Snail food truck! The book oozes with imaginative and fun recipes like Chickpea “Crab” Cakes and Tequila Lime Tostones! You can always find inspiration by just leafing through the pages.
Yesterday, I had a taste for Thai soup. But this soup needed to be a one-pot meal, substantial enough to feed the kids at lunch. So after looking through what I had left in the fridge and the pantry (hello potatoes!), I browsed through Street Vegan and found exactly what was needed. The potatoes and the chickpeas bring the heartiness, while the deep Thai spices make this dish a keeper. The kids loved it with some quinoa on the side. The next day, they wanted some again, but with rice.
The recipe is simple and straightforward. I only switched out the agave nectar for maple syrup (I more often than not use maple syrup as a sweetener) and since I didn’t have Thai basil on hand (I know, sacrilege!), I used Spicy Globe basil. It was just great! The broth is addictive, you’ll want to dip everything in it, from toast to fingers! Feel free to change up the vegetables, you can’t ruin anything that goes into this broth, seriously.
- 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
- 2 tablespoons ground coriander
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (Thai is great, but any basil will do), chopped
- 8 makrut lime leaves, sliced into strips
- 2-3 Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
- 7 cups vegetable broth
- 1 can coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons tamari
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Heat the sesame oil over medium heat in a soup pot. Add the mustard seeds and cook until they start to pop. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and ginger. Sauté for 3-4 minutes while stirring.
Add the coriander, cumin, red curry paste, basil, and lime leaves, and continue cooking for 2 more minutes, stirring often. Add the potatoes, vegetable broth, coconut milk, vinegar, maple syrup, tamari, and chickpeas. Bring to a boil. Continue to cook over high heat for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Serve with extra basil as a garnish. That’s it! Bon appétit!