Corn is still in season and I wanted to feature it in a dish since I love it so much. I can eat it fresh off the cob without cooking. It’s so sweet and delicious. I’ve also found a new love for curries these days. My past experiences with curry have not been good. I can put the past behind me now and move forward loving curry all the way. This was an excellent dish! The sweet corn pairs well with the spice from the red pepper flakes and curry powder while the coconut wraps it all up making this a great dish to come back to again and again. I would consider this a lightly cooked meal, the veggies, except onion, garlic & spinach, are crispy and close to fresh. It’s also an easy dish to put together from start to finish…ready in about 30 minutes. Five hearts for this soup!
I wanted to show you my preferred method for removing corn from the cob. If you’re new to cutting corn of the cob, this will help you keep the corn kernels from scattering all over your work space. I use a shallow pie pan for the job. Holding the corn upright, take a sharp knife and cut the corn off the cob, turn the corn a bit and continue until all the kernels are removed.
A look at my diced veggies and coconut milk above. I used shitake mushrooms here but just about any mushroom will do, just be sure to chop them if needed. Use full-fat or light coconut milk. This soup comes together fairly quickly without too much hassle. Like I mentioned above, the vegetables are meant to be some what al dente but feel free to cook your soup a little longer over low heat if you prefer softer veggies. Round this meal out with some cubed tofu thrown in.
SPICY THAI CURRY CORN SOUP
- 1 tablespoon sesame or coconut oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 4 ears of corn, cut off the cob
- 3 celery stalks (leaves ok too), diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 5 – 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
- 3 – 4 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 can (15 oz) full fat or light coconut milk
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup water
- juice of 1 lime
- himalayan salt & cracked pepper to taste
- large handful spinach, chopped if needed
Heat oil in large pot over medium high heat and saute onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, corn, celery, bell pepper and mushrooms, cook 3 – 4 minutes more. Add coconut milk, unsweetened non-dairy milk, water, curry powder, red pepper flakes, juice of lime, salt & pepper to taste and cook on medium heat for 10 min or until heated through. Add spinach and cook until softened to your liking. Test for flavors adding more spices if desired.
Serve with lime wedges and cilantro if you like.
Serves 4 – 6.
Looking to add protein, throw in some cubed tofu when you add the liquids.
Ginger would be great in this. Try adding about 1 inch knob grated ginger with the other spices. It will add another layer of flavor!
For the greens, I have used spinach, baby kale and/or arugula in the past. All worked well.1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes makes this pretty spicy, use less if you’re not a fan of heat.
I used shitake mushrooms here but you can use your favorite or what you have on hand.