Creamy Curried Broccoli Soup

Giving Broccoli Soup an Indian makeover. Delish.

Giving Broccoli Soup an Indian makeover. Delish.

Alright guys, this soup is absolutely souper. See what I did there? I promise to get back to this incredibly delicious creamy curried broccoli soup in a minute – but first…

I just have to tell you how excited I am. Tomorrow – my darling hubster and I will celebrate our ONE YEAR wedding anniversary. I feel like our weddings were just yesterday. I say weddings because we had two… in one day. It was so wonderfully chaotic. I was actually an hour late to our second wedding. It really wasn’t my fault though! I had like 30 pounds of Indian jewelry and a million safety pins that took forever to take off from the first Sikh wedding.

Here’s how it went. So, on October 5th of last year, we had a Sikh ceremony in the morning followed by langar (lunch).

Sikh Wedding

Sikh Wedding

Then, I had maybe two hours to change my outfit, hair and makeup for the next wedding – a Keralite Catholic wedding.

Catholic Wedding

Catholic Wedding

Do you see how different I look? THAT takes time. I remember being so worried Roby would be mad at me for being late, but he wasn’t. He was just so happy to see me when I finally did walk down the aisle. Good thing is we were already married, so it’s not like he was worried about me standing him up at the altar. Oh, it was such a happy day.

pure happiness.

pure happiness.

Our families are from different parts of India and practice different religions so there were several customs that we took part in throughout the week. We had a sangeet, mehndi (henna), rehearsal dinner and a few other smaller events. Anyone who thinks Greek people have big weddings should attend a week long Indian wedding. It was a stressful week, but on the day of – everything was absolutely perfect.

Here’s one of my favorite pictures from our reception. It was taken during our first dance.

wedding reception

my hubby totally looks like a bollywood star

Okay, now back to this spicy, creamy and dreamy broccoli soup. It’s the perfect fall comfort food – it’ll keep you nice and warm. It was souper easy to make. You’ll fall in love with this soup. My husband sure did. But he fell in love with me first ;)

An Indian Paleo Broccoli Soup - made with broccoli, coconut milk, curry leaves and spices.

An Indian Paleo Broccoli Soup – made with broccoli, coconut milk, curry leaves and spices.

Creamy Curried Broccoli Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium to large broccoli (stem too!), roughly chopped
  • 1 tbs Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Black Mustard Seeds
  • 1 white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, roughly chopped
  • 10 Curry Leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, roughly chopped
  • 4 c broth (vegetable, chicken, whatever your heart desires)
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper, optional
  • 1 cup to 1 can Organic Coconut Milk, full fat - you can make your soup as thick or thin as you’d like
  • freshly ground salt and pepper, adjust to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop up the broccoli and stem. You can remove the end or any tough/woody portion of the vegetable.
  2. In a large saucepan, add coconut oil and mustard seeds. Once the seeds begin to splutter, add the onions, curry leaves, green chilies and a pinch of salt.
  3. Saute until the onions turn golden and then add garlic and ginger.
  4. After a couple minutes, add broccoli, stock and a pinch of salt.
  5. Bring it to a boil then lower the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Let the mixture cool.
  7. Once cool, put it in a blender or if you’re fancy use your immersion blender to blend in the pot.
  8. Put the blended mixture back into the pot, add spices and mix well.
  9. Add coconut milk and bring soup to a low boil.
  10. After a few minutes, taste, season with salt and pepper accordingly and then serve!
Notes
For garnish - save a bit of the coconut milk to drizzle on top. It’ll make it look a little fancy.

Comments

  1. says

    Such a bollywood scene right there, I love it! I can just picture how it would go in the movie, your husband trying to conquer you with his fancy dance moves while you remain nonchalant, arms crossed and mysterious and have him fall to his knees. Haha! Great recipe also, I actually learned to cook by making very simple soups like this one with 1 or 2 vegetables and adding all kinds of different spices to give them different flavors. It’s like making magic happen. Coconut milk sounds like a great addition too!

    • says

      Haha, thank you! Do you watch a lot of bollywood films? I love them! And yes, spices are amazing; they can take recipes to another level – from ordinary to extraordinary :)

  2. Elyse says

    What do you recommend for a substitute for curry leaves? Our local Asian market doesn’t sell enough, so they don’t carry them anymore. I bought Kafir lime leaves as a sub; we will see how it turns out!

    • says

      Hi Elyse! There really isn’t a good substitute for curry leaves; they have such a unique taste. I bet the Kafir lime leaves will be great in this soup though! Please let me know how that turns out. If you can’t find these leaves at your local market, you can always order fresh curry leaves on amazon for less than $2: http://amzn.to/16NOL4p

      • Elyse says

        Thanks Ashley! I had no idea you could buy them on Amazon!

        The soup turned out good (and smelled wonderful while cooking!), but it definitely had more of a Thai taste than Indian.

  3. sandy says

    Hi! So… is it really Ok to blend the curry leaves in? I usually cook with it but don’t eat it when eating the dish… just wondering!

    • says

      Hi Sandy! Yes, curry leaves are edible (bay leaves are the ones that are not edible). I usually pick out curry leaves too – unless they’re fried/crispy. But for this soup, they give great flavor when blended in. Let me know what ya think of this dish!

  4. Laurie says

    I am so happy that I found your blog! Thank you for this soup (it’s now on tonight’s menu) and for offering Paleo recipes with an Indian flavor: I now know what I’ll be cooking this summer!
    You and your husband make a beautiful couple too. Best wishes to you both.

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