If coconut isn't your thing, don't worry. This soup doesn't taste like coconut. The coconut milk gives it body and richness, without overpowering the flavor. The curry really stands out here. It also departs a lovely yellow-orange color to the classic red tomato soup. I replaced the potatoes with the humble turnip. Turnips are a lovely vegetable that often go unnoticed. They're perfect here as they provide a similar starchiness to the potato as well as adding a healthy dose of vitamin B and C, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and trace minerals to the soup (1).
Adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook
1/4 c coconut flakes (or shredded unsweetened coconut)
4 tbsp coconut oil or ghee (I used a mixture)
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp ginger, minced
1 tbsp jalapeño, minced
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp garam masala
1 carrot, chopped
2 small turnips, chopped
1-28 oz. can of whole peeled tomatoes (chopped), and the juice
1 medium tomato, chopped
1-13.5 oz can of full fat coconut milk
2.5-3 cups of water or vegetable broth
half a head of cauliflower, chopped
1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
Garnish with cracked pepper, cilantro, & toasted coconut
Preheat oven to 350. Add coconut flakes to a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside.
Heat dutch oven or large soup pot over medium heat. Add coconut oil. When hot, add onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapeño. Cook for a few minutes, then stir in the spices. When the spices are fragrant, add the turnip and carrot. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes, tomato juice, coconut milk, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cook for another 10 minutes, until all the vegetables are soft. Remove from heat, add the lemon juice. Blend with an immersion blender (or regular blender) until smooth. Be careful with the hot liquids. Garnish with freshly cracked pepper, cilantro, and toasted coconut.
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Source: (1) Wood, Rebecca. The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia. p. 367.