African Coconut Curry Soup

African Coconut Curry Soup
Staff Writer

I recently tried this recipe yesterday.  My mom asked me to prepare a wintery soup for her book club and this is what I tackled.  I wanted to find a recipe with some spicy kick but also some substance and texture.  It was delicious and really fresh.  The directions have you cook the ingredients just enough that there is still a lot of the fresh raw flavors within the creamy broth.  I hope you enjoy it, too!

 

 

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Notes

 

In a medium stockpot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and chili; cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add the broth, chickpeas, tomatoes, curry powder, salt, and black pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer gently, uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

 

Ingredients

Directions

 

I went ahead and did all of my chopping, washing, and organizing first.  I also pre-cooked brown rice for added flavor and nutrients.  I sourced all organic ingredients for optimum healthiness.  I also put just a few jalapeno seeds within the soup for a bit of extra heat.  This is the original recipe, but I doubled it for a large crowd of 20 and there were leftovers.  Be sure to have a very large stock pot.  

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion (about 6 ounces), chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (about 6 ounces), chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chili, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes, seeded and peeled, fresh or canned (see Cook's Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup cooked white or brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsle

African Shopping Tip

Choose raw fruits, vegetables, and meats, and unprocessed foods.

African Cooking Tip

Substitute butter for olive oil, and bake, broil, or grill instead of fry.