Monday, February 24, 2014

Coconut and Lime….and Thai red curry paste.

You know those days?
You know those days.
The air is thick…not so much with heat, but with fog.
They are insular days….make soup days.
I have lemongrass and limes growing
I ALWAYS have coconut oil and milk
and happen to have locally harvested mushrooms and ginger.
Put it all together…In a bowl, preferably that says “this bowl fights hunger”.
A local soup-kitchen fundraiser.
…and we get none other than a warm you to the core
Tom Kha Gai
:: Thai chicken soup for a foggy day ::
and while I didn’t have galangal, the traditional root used in this dish…ginger warmed it beautifully.
and instead of the requisite kefir lime leaves….I used the zest of the limes. Everybody was happy.
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 stalk lemon grass (pound the white ends to release the flavor)
  • 2 teaspoons or more of red curry paste (found in asian section…most grocers carry it)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (found in same section)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (brown or honey will do fine)
  • 3 (13.5 ounce) cans coconut milk
  • 1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound chicken breast sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice and zest of 1 lime
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. sauté the chicken pieces till done, add the ginger, lemongrass, and curry paste and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Stop and :: inhale :: the aroma. Slowly pour the chicken broth over the mixture, stirring continually. Stir in the fish sauce and coconut sugar; simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and mushrooms; cook and stir until the mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the lime juice and zest; season with salt; garnish with cilantro. We love it served on brown rice.
Dare the fog to hang around…


Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Wow thanks for this recipe. It sounds delicious. I love making soups & yes there are those days that are just right for doing so.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

It is so easy and sooo heady, Sally!

Rick Forrestal said...

FABULOUS photos . . . definitely fits the mood and day . . . and FABULOUS yummy recipe idea. I shall bring this dish to life, SOON.
Thanks for sharing.
(I love your sky and beach photo, and that strip of blue surf.)

VirginiaC said...

That looks so tasty...I must try this recipe.
I've never heard of coconut sugar so I'll have to track some down.
My lemongrass plant dried up...I'm getting a new one from a friend. After that I should be able to make this lovely soup.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Virginia...I find coconut sugar at places like whole foods...our great little White Rabbit Farms, It is made from the coconut flower. But Brown sugar or honey...or agave...or heck, white sugar are just fine. It is just a tad to sweeten a bit. I would love a pillow mad of lemongrass. FAVE smell!

Carla Aston said...

Yummmmm. Love the photos too. They look good enough to eat.

Carla Aston said...
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Carla Aston said...

Sorry, I somehow posted twice!

An Urban Cottage said...

One of my favs!

Becky Jerdee said...

Sounds divine! Fog is right! nothing but sea fog every morning...sent me right for the kitchen, too.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

I love that soup! I order it at our favorite Thai restaurant and now thanks to you I can try your recipe at home. YUM!

Fröken L said...

I love soup. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I really must try it. Wonderful photos!


anita said...

Now THAT sounds delicious! And yeah our grey days are over..sitting on beach watching a grom surf competition..beautiful crisp day. Soup still sounds good!

Lucinda Keller said...

Yum. I need to find some lemongrass. Looks so delicious.


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