I enjoyed this spicy Thai inspired soup. I was looking for a way to use up some tamarind paste and found that Asian soups were mentioned and made this one up as I went along. Remove the coconut and the soup would be healthier and really clear. But mine tastes that bit sweeter and indulgent. I always favour a fish take on it, but this could easily work with shaved carrot and sugar snap peas, anything that can be enjoyed raw basically.

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Ingredients:

  • Prawns/Crayfish
  • Stock (fish best) quite a lot
  • Tamarind Paste (third of a small jar)
  • Creamed Coconut (one medium sized rip)
  • Coconut milk one tin
  • Lemongrass
  • Chilli
  • Ginger

Method:

  • Heat ginger lemongrass and chilli, all finely chopped.
  • Stir in the tamarind paste.
  • Drop in the creamed coconut
  • Top up with quite lots of the stock
  • Mix in coconut milk and bring to boil.
  • Allow to simmer softly for 10 minutes or so (everything is cooked so it doesn’t matter how long for really).
  • Sieve at least once until you have a smooth soup.
  • Drop in cooked fish to warm (as little time as possible)#

Price: I had the fish very cheap that can be a couple of quid. Ginger and chillis aren’t the cheapest but are staples in my fridge. Living on you own you need to make a plan for the rest of the paste. It makes a lot of liquid  and can be frozen so cost can be spread for some time.

Slimming World: Remove the coconut milk and the creamed coconut is worth 20 syns (for 50g) which is loads but you can get a lot of bowls of soup out of it. I have huge portions and got 6 bowlfuls out of it (but that is only 3 meals for me). Call it 4 syns and you can have that for an evening meal or even a lunch.

Washing Up: I hate washing up the stock pot because of the time taken to descum the stock etc. Everything that makes the soup itself is really easy, so if you are a stock cube user this is an easy job.

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