I have been loving Thai food lately, it’s fresh, it’s colorful and it always hits the spot! Curries have been one of my favorite flavors to add to veggies since I started the new year and eating healthy – and this Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry is chock full of fresh veggies and vibrant colors that just make it absolutely mouthwatering.
I’ve dined out on Thai food often – and always thought it would be so hard to make at home. Nope, not at all. This most taxing part of this whole endeavor was the chopping of all the vegetables, but it will be so worth it, I promise.
Seriously? Why did I waste all this time curriless in my own home?! It’s a tragedy.
It’s simple, fresh, filling, smells DIVINE, and vegan! You know what that means? Healthy baby. The vegetables, the colors and the aromas in this dish range from butternut squash, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, carrot, fresh garlic, ginger, and more. I could honestly eat this soup for dinner every night. Every Night!
Make this Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry Soup, taste it, devour it all, and make it again a thousand times because it’s going to be your new favorite cold-weather recipe.
The flavors are fresh, the colors are a feast in themselves and I think there is a new obsession beginning in my life.
And I have a feeling, it’ll be a new obsession in yours.
SPICY VEGETABLE COCONUT CURRY SOUP
- 1 about 2 lb butternut squash
- 3 medium sized red potatoes
- 1 medium sized sweet onion
- 2" fresh ginger
- 6-8 cloves of garlic, to taste
- 14 smaller carrots with the tops, or 4 large carrots
- 1/2 medium cauliflower
- 3 large broccoli crowns
- 1/2 medium Romanesco
- handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1 lime
- coconut oil for cooking
- 3 tbsp Vegetable paste by Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base, or your favorite veggie stock
- 6 cups hot water
- 2-3 tsp your favorite red Thai curry paste (I used Thai & True Red Curry Paste)
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
- salt, to taste
- finely shaved red cabbage
- toasted pepitas tossed with paprika
- lime wedges
- more cilantro, for garnish
- your favorite hot sauce (I used Fix Sriracha Hot Sauce)
- Peel, deseed and cube your butternut squash into 1/2" pieces. Add a few tsp of coconut oil into a heavy bottomed cast iron pot like this one. Place the squash and sauté on medium high heat until color turns golden brown on most sides. Turn down the heat.
- In a mixing bowl add in 3 tbsp Vegetable paste and 6 cups of hot water, mix until combined and add into the squash. Close the lid and let it simmer while you chop the other veggies.
- Wash the potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes. Add into the squash and continue cooking.
- Peel and cut your sweet onion into 1/2" cubes. Add them to a pan with some coconut oil and sauté on medium heat until color starts turning golden brown. Make sure you move them around so they don't burn. Peel the ginger and garlic, chop very finely or grate them with a fine grater to save time. Add to the onions and sauté for a few minutes until you start smelling the aromas. Now add the curry paste and mix well. Add into the pot with squash and potatoes, mix well and close the lid.
- Now onto the carrots, If they are young carrots, you can just scrub off the skin and cut into 1/4" rounds. If you get larger carrots, peel them and cut in half and then into half rounds. Use the same pan that you cooked the onions in and sauté with coconut oil on a medium high heat until golden brown. Add into the pot of other veggies and close the lid.
- Cut the cauliflower in half, cut the large stalk out and take it apart into smaller bite sized pieces. Do the same with the broccoli and Romanesco. Place all of these in the pot and simmer for about 10 minutes with the lid on.
- Add in the can of coconut milk, mix well, add the red pepper flakes. Taste for salt and add in accordingly. Squeeze in 1/2-1 lime and taste. Add more lime if needed.
Your soup is done and ready to be enjoyed with the tasty toppings. I love the crunch you get from the raw shaved red cabbage, pepitas. Add a lime wedge, hot sauce and a few pinches of chopped cilantro to complete this colorful soup.
The great thing about this soup if that you can substitute the veggies with your favorite veggies and add cooked protein on top as a great option too.
Enjoy and Bon Appetité!