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Monday, February 6, 2012

Lemony Coconut Milk and Sweet Corn Soup

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I was fifteen or may be sixteen, when I realized I could live ten days straight just on chicken soup. In a desperate attempt to lose couple of pounds I declared a ten day soup diet. Of course, in my not so well developed mind of fifteen, soups meant chicken soups, nothing more and nothing less.
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It wasn't difficult to convince mom to buy into the idea or may be she didn't think I'll last more than few days. Besides, she loves making soups and planned to slip in some not so loved vegetables into my soup while I'm at it.

As predicted, it was a rather smooth sail except, every alternate day I wanted chicken corn soup. Give me good chicken stock and put some corn in it and I'll drink it like a love poison.

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This  soup is regular winter entree for us. Other than the fact that I always have homemade chicken or vegetable stock handy and corn on cob is frozen staple in my fridge, this is one of the easiest soups to make which screams comfort without having to spend hours laboring on it. Make it one of these cold days and you shall know what I'm talking about.

Oh and M has been complaining about putting on a couple of pounds lately, guess what diet I plan to put him on?

Lemony Coconut Milk and Sweet Corn Soup
Serves 2 -3

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste (optional)
1 green chilly, finely chopped (optional)
4 tbsp spring onions, finely chopped, greens kept aside for garnishing
1 tbsp corn flour, mixed with two tbsp of water
1 can coconut milk ( 13.5 oz/400ml/1 2/3 cups)
2 cups chicken/vegetable stock, preferably homemade*
3 frozen corn on cobs
2 -3 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Mint (optional)

Note

*  I use a lot of garlic and ginger along with onions, green chilies and whole spices in my stock. If your stock doesn't have ginger, garlic and chilies, add about 1 tbsp of ginger garlic paste and 1 green chilly along with cumin seeds. Do the same for  vegetable stock if making a vegan version.

** Even though I often end up using frozen corn on cobs as fresh corn is difficult to find around here, fresh corn is absolutely fabulous. Use sweet corn without cob if you had too.

Method

Add oil to a pan and tip in the cumin seeds. Once they begin to brown add in the ginger garlic paste, green chilly (if not in the stock already) and spring onions.

Once the onions are translucent add the chicken stock and let it come to a boil. Add the corn flour and coconut milk and reduce the heat to low.

Let it simmer for couple of minutes before adding the corn. Let the corn cook in the soup.

Let it cook to desired consistency of thickness. Feel free to add more stock to thin it out.

Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper at the end. Serve hot.

Adding mint leaves along with lemon juice if using.
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46 comments

  1. I am always on a soup diet when i need to loose a couple of pounds! but i also eat lots of fruits and veggies :)
    Soup looks so comforting.

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  2. looks mouth watering, snacking corn right now!

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  3. Love all the flavors in this bowl of comfort!

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  4. A gorgeous soup! So comforting and delicious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. Oh my gosh I could seriously live on soup and in fact lately I feel like I have been! There's nothing quite so comforting.

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  6. oh dear, this speaks of comfort food! I normally do chicken and corn, chinese style. I would love to try this spiced up version.

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  7. At the Chinese New Year this past weekend, they were grilling corn and people were eating it on sticks. I didn't realize I had absolutely no cash on hand while there. I didn't want to leave the throngs of people to search out a cash machine. By the time I left, I felt like I could have wrestled one of those corn sticks from an innocent small child. They looked so good as does your soup!

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    1. Sarah, I saw those corn on stick and can't imagine not eating it if it was in front of me :-)

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  8. Love that corn peeping through the soup..and coconut milk in a soup..must try it soon!

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  9. Love that corn peeping through..and coconut milk in soup..needs to be tried soon!

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  10. Love that corn peeping through..and coconut milk in soup..needs to be tried soon!

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  11. Your photos are so incredibly beautiful. I'm not normally a huge fan of soup but this looks wonderful.

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  12. This corn with lemon soup looks really comforting but refreshing. Your photographs are always a visual treat and it does not help that I just saw this before lunch time!

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  13. OMG!! Like the post, the recipe, and the story. I'll try next soon... it's really cold in Canada n we need all the warm dishes in the world to keep us warm!!

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  14. Beautiful pictures. i have been on a soup diet for some time now. This variation I will try now. Thanks for sharing

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  15. Usually I don't like soups, but it looks fantastic :)

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  16. Coconut milk in corn soup! That's a wonderful recipe. Just thinking of this soup right now makes me very hungry. Love the cozy feeling getting from your food styling and photography. Kids will love these flavors in the soup. Love the big corn chunk in the soup. What a delicious recipe!

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  17. You are such a talented photographer. Everything you make looks extraordinary, comforting and delicious. This one comes at a perfect time, too, for it is soup weather here. Thank you!

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  18. This is a very diff. kind of sweet corn of soup. Not the kind I am used to.So intrigued by the flavors here. Have you heard of Chol? I make Chol with coconut milk. So I think the flavors are going to be kind of similar. The whole corn looks picture perfect in there.

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    1. Soma haven't tried chol but I feel like I read about it on your blog?

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  19. love that recipe...we always boiled the corn seperately and added it to the chicken stock....this make the corn to be fully incoperated in the soup......thanxx
    zuzar a moonim

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  20. I love soups, they are always so comforting to me too. I've never tried a corn soup though, or even corn on the cob in soup. I'm intrigued!

    Gorgeous photos as always Kulsum. You are one talented lady!

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  21. I could totally live off of just soup. This one sounds really delicious; such a unique combination too!

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  22. love this combo of coconut milk in chicken corn soup. K, what do you normally put in your chicken stock? the recip varies so much from person to person that it would be lovely to know what your special ingredients are. x s
    ps forgot to say- gorgeous photos, as always, my friend. xo

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    1. S, you are absolutely right. I usually add ginger, garlic,green chilly, whole spices, onions and whatever other vegetable I might have on hand. Think of it, I realized that this soup would not taste the same if the chicken stock didn't have ginger and garlic like I use in mine so I changed that in the recipe. Thank you for bringing it up and your continuous support as always. xo

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  23. I want to dive into that bowl of delicious soup! Nice recipe :)

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  24. That soup looks so perfect. What a wonderful combination of flavors, love idea, gotto try it!!

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  25. Comfort soup...Must try recipe. Perfect for this season.Thanks for the post!

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  26. This is such a perfect recipe, you know one of my friend she was from kerela use to make soup like this but she use to saute grated coconut with ginger garlic and chillies...But again we can find so many variation right.
    This sounds fantastic, I have to try it.I have to agree that stock taste divine once u add trinity of ginger garlic and chillies
    Beautiful pictures!!!

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  27. The recipe is just perfect and the gorgeous presentation makes it even more appealing. I am drooling!! Bookmarked for sure!
    http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

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  28. Your presentation, photos and recipes are inspirational!

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  29. I love the idea of putting the corn right in the soup...so pretty!

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  30. This looks amazing, I might just make this this week! I'm glad I just found your blog, it's amazing! I'm Indian but I'm a bit intimidated by a lot of Indian recipes... I think you're inspiring me to keep trying! Also noticed we both write for Honest Cooking :)
    www.thesweetart.com

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  31. That's so funny - I walked past a café this morning and the aroma coming out of it smelled 100% like chicken soup, giving me an instant craving - and now here is your post :) I am a total sucker for chicken & sweetcorn soup too and yours sounds awesome!

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  32. Natural light always works wonders in your photographs....I am in deep love with this soup right now....

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  33. I adore soups..I can totally live on a soup diet and yours looks delicious!

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  34. Such an interesting combo of flavors!!

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  35. I swear by soup for weight loss! I eat soup a few times a week as dinner and I rarely worry about my weight. I can't wait to try your version of chicken soup! :)

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  36. I love sweet corn chicken soup and especially the one you get in Indo-chinese restaurants in India. They would have tweaked the recipe for Indian palette and I love that taste. Over the year I developed a liking for the authentic soups made in Chinese restaurants. You version sounds simple and I could count on this for light weekday dinners.

    And gorgeous clicks. Looks rustic and I am loving the way you did the styling K.

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  37. Funny thing but this is the second corn soup I have seen on a blog today. The other was Argentinian and now yours and I am so loving both! I need to start adding corn to my soup. Perfect, luscious soup!

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  38. This soup is perfect. Poured the broth in a mug and drank it right up!

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  39. This soup was beautiful, really easy and quick to make too. At the risk of horrifying the readership and the author, I did use a good quality shop-bought veg stock and also tinned sweet corn. It was so smooth with a kick from the chilli, finished with the freshness of the lemon. There are leftovers today in my office fridge - and I cannot wait until lunchtime.

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  40. I tried this today and wanted to let you know that I am officially your biggest fan! This recipe is stunning and I am so happy I stumbled onto your blog. Keep up the great work and thank you for being an inspiration. Looking forward to trying many many more of your recipes :)

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  41. oh, I have one request - if it's not too much trouble, can you please describe how you make chicken/vegetable stock? I am eager to make my own and was wondering how you do it. Thanks!

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    1. Aggybail - Sorry I seem to have missed your comment. I'm glad you liked the soup. As for the stock, I use ginger, garlic, green chillies, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, onions ....I guess I have to do a post on that! :)

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