This chill in the air and the smell of slow burning fall leaves calls for something spicy and healthful.
Thai cooking has always been a passion, with fresh aromatic ingredients like lemon grass, cilantro, chilies and ginger the possibilities of creating dishes in endless. This cuisine brings to world the 5 flavors of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and hot. The subtle variation in proportions of ingredients used highlights these flavors.
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Thai cooking has always been a passion, with fresh aromatic ingredients like lemon grass, cilantro, chilies and ginger, the possibilities of creating dishes is endless. This cuisine brings to the world the 5 flavors of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and hot. The subtle variation in proportions of ingredients used highlights these flavors.
I am fortunate to have a store within a mile that carries fresh Thai ingredients ( except for Kaffir lime leaves). Kaffir lime leaves are essential flavoring in Thai cooking and I found a wonderful online store for a bag of dried leaves. The smell is heavenly.
Lemon Grass ( or Takrai) is widely available and sold in bunches. The edible portion is about 4-6 inches from the root. The rest can be used for flavoring broths.
I am using fresh mushrooms but If you have dried shiitake mushrooms just soak them in warm water until they are soft and use the broth in cooking as well.
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The simplest soups are sometimes the best…warm, tangy and so good for the soul. This soup is simple and this soup is good and this soup is nourishing.
It was ready is just 20 mins and made this chilly winter day just a little bright. The fridge was left with a depleting stock but I found the vibrant celery sticks and fresh carrots which inspired pulling this off. I had made some fresh lemongrass paste and had dried kafir lime leaves on hand so looked like a perfect day for soup.
The color in the soup is obtained from fresh turmeric that I minced with the garlic and ginger. It adds an earthiness but if you don’t have it on hand then don’t fret….equally delicious with out it.
For the home made recipe of lemongrass paste check it out on my blog here.
The vegetarian version of this soup uses a vegetarian broth, I bought an organic low sodium version but homemade would be great. If you are not a vegetarian then do use a good bone broth or beef broth that will bring intensity to the soup.
Thai vegetable Soup
A Tangy Lemongrass and Kafir Lime flavored Vegatable Soup
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup chopped red onions
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1 tsp minced fresh turmeric (optional)
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste
- 4-5 Kafir Lime leaves ( fresh or dried)
- Pink salt to taste
- 3 cups of vegetable broth ( or chicken or beef for a non-veg version)
- Cilantro and lemon juice for garnish
- Add coconut oil to a heavy bottomed pan and sauté the onions and celery until translucent
- Add the garlic, ginger, coriander and turmeric and continue to sauté for 3- 4 minutes.
- Add the carrots, lemons grass paste and let them blend in for a minute.
- Add the broth and salt to taste.
- Add the broth comes to a boil add the a kafir lime leaves.
- You can adjust the broth and seasoning at this point.
- Let is cook on simmer for about 20 mins until fragrant.
- Serve with a squeeze of lemon and cilantro leaves.
This warm soup is joining the party at Fiesta Friday. Check out the co-hosts Linda @ La Petite Paniere and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
There are so many varieties of lettuce available these days that it would make your head spin. Rich in vitamin A and K and deficient in calories, it is a low carb alternative that accompanies us in salads around the globe.
Butterhead – Also known as Boston or Bibb lettuce has a sweet flavor and tender texture and is perfect for use as cups to serve your favorite mixture.
This gluten free dish is quick and easy to make and the flavors are amazing. I made some lemon grass paste at home and store it in the fridge for multiple uses. It stays pretty well for a couple of weeks. You can always use the store bought version
I have used organic ground turkey here but you could use ground chicken or any vegan proteins you like.
To get a tangy taste, I have added pickled carrots which are easy to make with rice vinegar, salt and a teaspoon of maple syrup.
Chestnuts have been used for that crunch in every bite.
Lemongrass Lettuce Cups
For the filling
- 1lb fresh organic ground turkey
- 2-3 green onions ( chopped)
- Fresh Basil – handful chopped
- Fresh mint – handful chopped
- 1 small cucumber – chopped
- 1 can water chestnuts – chopped fine
- 1 cup Pickled carrots
- 2 tablespoon lemon grass paste
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon sambal oelek.
- 1 cup of toasted cashew pieces
- Olive oil
- 1 head of Butter lettuce – cleaned and leaves removed for serving
Use 2-3 stalks and remove the hard dry stalks first. Then chop up the softer interior. Add 2-3 cloves or garlic, an inch of ginger root, an inch of fresh turmeric (or a tsp of dry) and some sea salt . Blend it in a blender adding water as needed for consistency. Then a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and a final blend. This will store well for 2-3 weeks in the fridge
Marinate shredded carrots in a cup of rice vinegar, sea salt and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Pickle is ready in 20 mins but ages well for future uses.
Putting it together:
- Cook the turkey in olive oil breaking up the lumps until brown. Add the lemon grass paste and mix well.
- Continue to cook and add the water chestnuts. Give it about 5 mins and set aside.
- In a bowl, mix together the cucumbers, green onions, basil, mint, lemon juice and sambal oelek. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the cooked turkey and mix well.
- Spoon the mixture on to the lettuce cups and garnish with pickled carrots and toasted cashews.
Sharing this with Fiesta Friday where the co-hosts this week are Margy @ La Petite Casserole and Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen. Check out their fabulous blogs, you will love them.