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Green curry and broccoli soup

I enjoy hearty dishes in the first cold days of winter, but comes January, I start craving something lighter. This is my perfect January soup: bit spicy, warming and fully comforting, but light and green at the same time.

When you look at the recipe, it might seem like a lot of work, but it's not. The recipe is super easy and putting everything together will take a maxiumum of half an hour and that includes making the curry paste and crispy broccoli topping. And you can always use a good store-bought green curry paste and limit the toppings to fresh coriander and sesame seeds.

Recipe: Green curry broccoli soup

Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp green curry paste
  • one large broccoli, divided into small florets
  • 800 ml vegetable stock
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 2 limes
  • a handful fresh coriander
Method
  • Heat a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes.
  • Add broccoli florets and cook, stirring, for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Slowly add the stock and coconut milk, combine, cover and bring to boil.
  • Simmer over medium heat until the vegetables are tender - 5-10 minutes .
  • Before serving, blend or process until smooth.
  • Season with lime juice.
  • Top each serving with fresh cilantro and crispy broccoli florets.

Recipe: Crispy broccoli florets

Ingredients
  • a handful broccoli florets
  • one tbsp coconut oil
  • one tbsp soy sauce
  • one tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
Method
  • Heat coconut oil in a small pan, add broccoli and fry for one minute.
  • Add soy sauce combined with honey and continue cooking, stirring, for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add sesame seeds and combine.

Recipe: Green curry paste

Ingredients
  • 5 medium green chilies, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • a bunch fresh cilantro
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, chopped
  • 2 limes, juice and zest
  • one tbsp coriander seeds
  • one tsp ground cumin
  • one tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
Method
  • Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz to a paste.

green curry mussels

Recipe: Green curry paste

Ingredients
  • 5 medium green chilis, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of freshly grated ginger
  • a bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, chopped
  • juice and zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp. of coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. of ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. of black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp. of soy sauce
Method
  • Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz to a paste.

Recipe: Green curry mussels

Ingredients
  • 1 kg of fresh mussels, washed and cleaned
  • 1 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • one lime
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • one green chili
Method
  • Heat oil in a large sauce pan. Add green curry paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant (3-4 minutes).
  • Add coconut milk and sugar and bring to boil.
  • Add mussels, cover the saucepan with a lid and cook until mussels open.
  • Top with lime juice, fresh cilantro and slices of green chili. Serve immediately.