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Thai-inspired coconut lemongrass soup
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Thai-inspired coconut lemongrass soup

Coconut and lemongrass are quite the amazing pair. The soft silky texture of the milk accented by the gentle, aromatic twist of lemongrass is enough to send you into a trance during dinner, which just makes the dining experience more interesting, doesn’t it?

This is a gentle soup, perfumed by several southeast Asian ingredients that I’m sure you will love.

1 cup coconut milk

3 lemongrass stalks, knotted

1 chilli pepper, chopped

1 cup corn

3 shallots, chopped

¼ cup scallions, chopped

2 cups water

1 tbsp ginger, chopped

3 lime leaves (optional)

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 pod star anise

salt (to taste)

bean sprouts (as garnish)

drop of vegetable oil

In a large soup pot, lightly sauté the shallots, garlic and ginger for a few minutes, so that the flavours release. In the meantime, smash the lemongrass stalks with either a hammer or a pestle so that you can bend them easily. Once they are flexible, tie them in a knot.

Once the shallot / garlic / ginger mixture is lightly caramelized (about 5 minutes) add the remainder of ingredients, excluding the coconut milk and bean sprouts and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Taste the soup frequently, and add salt as to your liking. * Note, if you add the coconut milk now, the soup will over boil and make a mess.

Remove from heat, and remove the lemongrass stalks, lime leaves and star anise pod. Add the coconut milk and stir. Serve with a bean sprout garnish.

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  1. dianabart
    Sounds Delicious!
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  2. No Name
    This sounds so good. Will have to try this one. Voted thanks for sharing
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  3. Veganara
    Voted. It looks and sounds wonderful. You had me at "coconut" anyway! You might be interested in my latest blog, Can A Vegan Diet Cure Cancer? Please check it out. :-)
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  4. Akanksha
    I can already feel the aroma...
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  5. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Am getting motivated towards coconut now..great recipe, shall give it a try....and here goes my vote #8
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  6. Jessica Sierra
    Coconut the only way to live
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  7. Dana Cherie
    Dana Cherie
    This sounds delicious! Voted :)
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