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Tomato Soup with Fresh Coconut
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Tomato Soup with Fresh Coconut

A few weeks ago I bought a coconut and was not sure what to do with. My landlady dropped in one day and suggested that I grate it and then it could be added to pretty much anything. And so I did just that. For a week I ate coconut soups, stews, veggies with toasted coconut and sweetened coconut desserts. I also had the brilliant idea to add the coconut to a tomato soup. Coconut milk works wonderfully in stews and curries, so what about the coconut flesh? It was a delightful surprise. The soup becomes mildly creamy, yet the coconut retains its firmness, almost like an al dente pasta.

This is a recipe for an easy tomato vegetable soup with a magical coconut bonus!

For 5 servings

  • 6 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 coconut, shredded
  • 1 cup cabbage, shredded
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • handful of fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tbsp fresh turmeric, chopped
  • 1L water
  • *salt to taste

Add all ingredients to a large soup pot and simmer for 20-30 minutes until the water is infused with flavour. *Because there is no broth or bouillon in this recipe, you may want to constantly taste the soup so that it is salted to your liking. (Bouillon is not necessary when making soup.)



*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Daniel Garcia
    Daniel Garcia
    Voted. Excellent recipe. It really does sound good. After all, here in the Philippines we also use coconuts and turn them into pansit! But I haven't tried coconuts in a pasta like setting, I've been meaning to, maybe one day.
  2. Akanksha
    Wohoo! Simple and delicious..I have been adding fresh coconut to curries and pastas since over a year now. It was good to learn that Indian recipes can still taste good without oil! Yes..just steamed veggies with fresh coconut and spices taste yummm..try it some time if you haven't already!
    1. SnakeWitch
      I agree. I use water or liquid flavouring, like soy sauce or lime juice, along with spices. At times I still use oil just because of the type of food I'm cooking... I mean, an Italian aglio e olio (which means garlic and oil) just can't work without the oil, now, can it? ;) But I see what you mean about no oil being yummy, too!
  3. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    I'm used to tomato soup but wth simply yummyyy....voted! check out my latest on the pitiful conditions of, comment n share if u really liked it! :)
  4. dianabart
    Sounds delicious! Two of my favorite foods! Voted and sharing!
  5. Anita Vegana
    This looks like a very nice recipe. I voted.
  6. SnakeWitch
    OOOOOOHHHH this is such a great idea! Why didn't I think of coconut in a soup??? SO OBVIOUS! And I have access to freshly chopped coconut here all the time! Voted! I'm copying you a bit... and wrote one about a smoothie, that you may enjoy. ;)
  7. Veganara
    Voted. It's all about coconuts at present on TFV! But I am not complaining, as I love them. This is a delicious-sounding soup, I must give it a try (not to be outdone, my recipe for chocolate truffles also contains coconut! And I make some good coconut cookies, I will share the recipe for them soon).
  8. BuddhasDelight
    this sounds intriguing. i appreciate how your recipes always have an element of whimsy or the unexpected! i never would think of tomato and coconut together but this sounds nice i shall be keen to try it soon! :) cheers.
  9. Dana Cherie
    Dana Cherie
    Tomatoes and coconut? 2 of my favorite foods! This recipe sounds amazing. Can't wait to try it. :)


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