Indian Coconut Soup

Not too long ago, I had asked my wife if she was interested in going out to lunch. Obviously she was ecstatic (I think), and then I gave her a couple of choices. I was leaning very heavily on Indian food, and while I never thought my wife to be all that interested in Indian cuisine, she happily agreed. We checked out this local place called India Garden in Milwaukee. The restaurant was hidden back in a strange area just off a busy street, but the exterior looked nice, and there were plenty of cars in the lot which is most likely a good sign. Upon entering, the interior was super clean and nice, and the service from the start was awesome. Good signs.

This place was packed with natives, which to me, is always a great sign. We took a look at their buffet, and it looked really, really good.

Indian Coconut Soup Recipe

After we devoured pretty much everything they had to offer (and what they offered was probably the best I have had in Milwaukee), my wife said she wanted to try to the coconut soup. Coconut soup? She was in heaven, and insisted I had to try it. So, as a good husband would, I did, and only did because I knew that I would be making this for her in the very near future. That’s when I did, and she was, again, back in love.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 14 oz can of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt

I know… It’s a bit sweet, and strange (in a good way) to say the least, and that’s what makes this one pretty exciting. Think of it as a soup dessert, and a perfect way to end a meal. I also thought that this would be great served chilled (and it was), and blended up with some ice, almost like a Mexican horchata.

This is super easy to make and can be served immediately.

Start by heating a sauce pan on medium heat. Add in the butter, and let it melt.

Once melted, add in the shredded coconut, and give it a good stir with a wooden spoon. Keep stirring it around for about 4 minutes or so.

How to make Indian coconut soup

 

Next add in the cardamon, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and give another good stir. Lightly toast all of this for about a minute, then pour in the coconut milk, and regular milk. Throw in the pinch of salt, stir, and reduce the heat to a simmer, cooking for about 20 minutes.

Now you are ready to serve.

Ladle in the Indian coconut soup into a small soup bowl, and dig in.

Sweet and delicious, this Indian coconut soup is a total surprise and is a perfect finish to practically any meal. Did I mention how awesome cardamon was? If you have never tried it, just let me tell you it goes very, very well with cinnamon and nutmeg, and has this perfect citrus and floral note that will definitely get your taste buds moving. Hope you enjoy!

Indian Coconut Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Indian
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Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 14 oz can of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of milk
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. know… It’s a bit sweet, and strange (in a good way) to say the least, and that’s what makes this one pretty exciting. Think of it as a soup dessert, and a perfect way to end a meal. I also thought that this would be great served chilled (and it was), and blended up with some ice, almost like a Mexican horchata.
  2. This is super easy to make and can be served immediately.
  3. Start by heating a sauce pan on medium heat. Add in the butter, and let it melt.
  4. Once melted, add in the shredded coconut, and give it a good stir with a wooden spoon. Keep stirring it around for about 4 minutes or so.
  5. Next add in the cardamon, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and give another good stir. Lightly toast all of this for about a minute, then pour in the coconut milk, and regular milk. Throw in the pinch of salt, stir, and reduce the heat to a simmer, cooking for about 20 minutes.
  6. Now you are ready to serve.
  7. Ladle in the Indian coconut soup into a small soup bowl, and dig in.

 

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Pho Style Chicken Stock

Do you love Vietnamese pho as much as I do? Sometimes I feel I cannot get enough of it. If you have never tried pho, please go out and try it, or better yet try making your own. The broth is unique in the sense that I know you will fall in love with it. It has notes of cinnamon, star anise, and roasted onions and ginger that it has you slurping up those noodles, beef, and bean sprouts like you were some sort of soup ninja. As pho is typically done with beef, there is also a chicken pho that is just as great. So recently I decided to make a big batch of pho style chicken stock to be used in some of my braises, and a base for ramen throughout the week. This stock is so good that you can simply reheat any day during the week, and drink it from a cup.

Pho Style Chicken Stock

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole onions
  • 3 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 lb chicken thighs
  • 1.5 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 4 quarts of water, to cover
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 1 cup of sake, optional
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Add the onions and ginger to a baking sheet, and place into the oven until they are nice and charred. You can do this on your grill as well if you desire. Once charred, add them to the stock pot, along with the chicken pieces, salt, fish sauce, star anise, cinnamon, sake, and sugar.

How to make chicken pho stock

Bring the stock to a boil, then reduce the heat. You will notice a bunch of chicken scum come to the top during the simmer. No fear. You want to remove all of this. Use a skimmer to remove the scum, and discard. If you do not have a skimmer, use a large spoon. Continue to remove the scum as it appears.

I cooked my stock for about 6 hours, because, hey, why not? Once thoroughly cooked, strain using a chinois, or another type of strainer over a large pot. I use the chinois, and press the mixture until all of the stock is strained. Let the stock cool, the cover and refrigerate.

When you are ready to use, add the stock (it will be thickened from all of that great chicken fat) to your pot to reheat, letting it come to a boil.

This pho style chicken stock is just loaded with awesome flavor, and again is something you can use for a couple of weeks, whether that be with a noodle soup, a braise, or as part of a slow cooker recipe. Hope you enjoy!

Pho Style Chicken Stock
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3 quarts
 
Ingredients
  • 2 whole onions
  • 3 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 lb chicken thighs
  • 1.5 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 4 quarts of water, to cover
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 4 whole star anise
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • 1 cup of sake, optional
  • 2 tbsp sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Add the onions and ginger to a baking sheet, and place into the oven until they are nice and charred. You can do this on your grill as well if you desire. Once charred, add them to the stock pot, along with the chicken pieces, salt, fish sauce, star anise, cinnamon, sake, and sugar.
  2. Bring the stock to a boil, then reduce the heat. You will notice a bunch of chicken scum come to the top during the simmer. No fear. You want to remove all of this. Use a skimmer to remove the scum, and discard. If you do not have a skimmer, use a large spoon. Continue to remove the scum as it appears.
  3. I cooked my stock for about 6 hours, because, hey, why not? Once thoroughly cooked, strain using a chinois, or another type of strainer over a large pot. I use the chinois, and press the mixture until all of the stock is strained. Let the stock cool, the cover and refrigerate.
  4. When you are ready to use, add the stock (it will be thickened from all of that great chicken fat) to your pot to reheat, letting it come to a boil.

 

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Cajun Style Split Pea Soup

Nearly once a year I always make split pea soup. I’m probably the biggest fan of it in my household, and I’m fine with that. There is something special about this soup, and it may come from the smokiness of the ham, but ultimately it is not only satisfying as it is truly comforting. So this past Christmas, my mother-in-law offered me the ham bone as she typically always does, and I never decline. I’m a fan of the ham bone as well, and I know exactly what I am going to do with that ham bone every year, and that is to make a split pea soup! This time around however, I decided to change things up a bit, and add a few additional items to the soup and turn it into a Cajun style split pea soup. I’m glad I did, because this just elevated the wonderful flavors.

Cajun Style Split Pea Soup

Lets get started.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of chicken stock
  • 4 whole carrots, roughly chopped
  • 4 ribs of celery, roughly chopped
  • 3 whole onions, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 ham bone, with ham to spare
  • 1/2 pound of split peas, washed and reviewed
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 whole links of Andouille sausage, sliced into chunks
  • salt, to taste
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 6 whole shrimp, deveined, peeled

Start by adding your stock and hambone to a soup pot. Make sure you are able to have enough stock to submerge the ham bone, if not, add some water. Toss in 2 carrots, 2 ribs of celery, and two onions. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 4 hours. I actually started mine in the evening and just let it cook down overnight.

After the four hours, or overnight cook, remove the ham bone and any of the large pieces of ham that might have fallen off, and set to the side. Strain the rest, reserving all of the stock. I mash every little bit ensuring that I get all of those flavors into the stock. I love this part because it allows me to use my chinois strainer!

How to make Cajun style split pea soup

Next, lets get the soup started.

Clean your soup pot, then return it back to the stove. On medium heat, add the stock back to the pot, and add in your split peas, the remaining carrots, celery, and onion. Season with a bit of salt, and cracked black pepper. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and continue to cook.

To a skillet, add the oil, and bring to a medium heat. Toss in the garlic and Andouille sausage. Cook the sausage until it gets some nice color on it.

Shred any remaining ham, and add that to the stock mixture. Add in the bell peppers to the stock as well.

Once the sausage is cooked, add the garlic and sausage mixture to the stock. Give a good stir, and continue to cook.

Cook for about 1 hour, then taste your peas. You want them tender, but not mushy.

Cajun Style Split Pea Soup

Once the peas are tender, add in the cleaned shrimp and cook until they are just opaque.

Now you are ready to serve!

Get out your bowls and ladle in the Cajun style split pea soup, making sure you get a bit of everything.

The end result is awesome. It’s everything you love about a split pea and ham soup, but you get the great additions of sausage, shrimp, and a bit of heat. I’m hoping my mother-in-law keeps on the tradition of providing me that ham bone because I know this is going to be my go to split pea soup from here on out! I hope you enjoy!

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Green Enchilada Soup

Are you a fan of enchiladas? I know I am, and whether they be red enchiladas (enchilada rojas), or green enchiladas (enchilada verdes), they are just down right comforting. Typically enchiladas are made by lightly cooking corn tortillas in some oil, then stuffed with chicken, some cheese, and smothered in enchilada sauce, only to be baked until everything is bubbly and cooked through. With that said, I really wanted some enchiladas this past weekend, but did not want to go through the fuss of the oil, folding, etc, and that’s when I decided to turn that whole idea into a soup. Yep, a green enchilada soup. My wife’s favorite soup is probably my chicken tortilla soup, and so I knew she would fall in love with this one.

Green Enchilada Soup

I’ll admit, it is not the prettiest of soups to be serving, but TRUST ME, this soup is awesome. It’s balanced by sweet heat, with tender chicken and crispy tortilla chips, trust me, you will be wanting a second bowl.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz can of diced green chilies
  • 19 oz can of green enchilada sauce
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp salt, to taste
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup masa harina
  • 1 cup of velveeta cheese, cubed
  • shredded monteray jack cheese
  • Crumbled tortilla chips

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Heat an oven ready,  large skillet on medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the canola oil and swirl it around in the pan. Season the chicken breasts with the cumin, chili powder, and salt.

Add the chicken to the skillet, and brown on both sides.

Once browned, place the skillet in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven, and let the chicken cool. Once cooled, cut into bite-sized cubes.

How to make green enchilada soup

To another skillet, heat the additional canola oil on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the onions begin to sweat.

To a medium to large pot, add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add the cooked chicken, the onions, garlic, enchilada sauce, and green chilies.

To a bowl, add the masa harina and 1 cup of stock. Stir to combine the masa and then pour it into the soup. Give a good stir, then add in the Velveeta. Stir, and reduce the heat, cooking for about 20 minutes.

When you are ready to serve, ladle the soup into a bowl and top with crushed tortilla chips and shredded monteray jack cheese.

The end result is everything you would expect in a traditional enchilada verdes, but in soup form, and I hate to say it, but the soup form is pretty darn delicious! Hope you enjoy!

Green Enchilada Soup
Author: 
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 oz can of diced green chilies
  • 19 oz can of green enchilada sauce
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ tbsp cumin powder
  • ½ tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tbsp salt, to taste
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup of velveeta cheese, cubed
  • shredded monteray jack cheese
  • Crumbled tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degress.
  2. Heat an oven ready, large skillet on medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the canola oil and swirl it around in the pan. Season the chicken breasts with the cumin, chili powder, and salt.
  3. Add the chicken to the skillet, and brown on both sides.
  4. Once browned, place the skillet in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Carefully remove the skillet from the oven, and let the chicken cool. Once cooled, cut into bite-sized cubes.
  5. To another skillet, heat the additional canola oil on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the onions begin to sweat.
  6. To a medium to large pot, add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add the cooked chicken, the onions, garlic, enchilada sauce, and green chilies.
  7. To a bowl, add the masa harina and 1 cup of stock. Stir to combine the masa and then pour it into the soup. Give a good stir, then add in the Velveeta. Stir, and reduce the heat, cooking for about 20 minutes.
  8. When you are ready to serve, ladle the soup into a bowl and top with crushed tortilla chips and shredded monteray jack cheese.
  9. The end result is everything you would expect in a traditional enchilada verdes, but in soup form, and I hate to say it, but the soup form is pretty darn delicious! Hope you enjoy!

 

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