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November 9, 2013

The Saturday Simmer: Soups made with coconut milk (dairy free)

Tikka masala soup (with or without shrimp), from Soup Addict.

More than any other inquiry, people search my blogs for recipes with coconut milk. I can only assume that everyone is making soup, because there's no doubt in my mind that coconut milk just might be the perfect soup base. Thick, rich, and dairy-free, coconut milk contributes that undefinable "mouth feel" that separates great soups from the merely good soups. You can use coconut milk as a dairy-free substitute for cream in many recipes, and it's the natural choice with Indian-spiced soups like this tikka masala soup with shrimp from Soup Addict. Keep a few cans of coconut milk in your pantry, and you can whip up a soup from whatever fresh ingredients you have on hand.

So many coconut soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Coconut red lentil soup, from 101 Cookbooks

Creamy curried cauliflower soup, from The Kitchn

Tikka masala soup, from Soup Addict

Cold sorrel and coconut milk soup, from Herbivoracious

Gluten-free coconut chicken soup, from Elana's Pantry

Coconut milk mussel soup, from La Tartine Gourmande

Yellow pea and coconut milk soup, from Leite's Culinaria

Sweet potato soup with quinoa and coconut milk, from A Veggie Venture

Indian-spiced slow cooker red lentil soup with spinach and coconut milk, from Kalyn's Kitchen

Tom kha gai (Thai coconut chicken soup), from Rasa Malaysia

Curried carrot soup, with ginger and coconut milk, from The Bojon Gourmet

Light tomato coconut soup, from eCurry

Which will you try first? What intrigues you? Please leave feedback on the original recipe post, and let us know if you've made or adapted any of these recipes. See you next Saturday, and every Saturday, with more soups, stews and chili.

[All photos used with permission.]


Posted by: Jen {} | November 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Mmmmm, this looks so delicious!

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | November 11, 2013 at 08:56 PM

Jen, lots of great creamy coconut milk soups here. I hope you find something you like!

Posted by: Karen @ | November 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Thanks for featuring my soup {muah!}. I totally agree about coconut milk in soup - it's so lovely, and unlike many substitutions, you lose absolutely nothing (and even gain some extra flavor).

Posted by: Lydia (Soup Chick) | November 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Karen, my pleasure!

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