Udon and veg in a miso, sweet potato and herb soup: dinner at Deena’s and a giveaway

6 Nov
Udon and veg in a miso, sweet potato and herb soup: dinner at Deena's and a giveaway

Udon and veg in a miso, sweet potato and herb soup: dinner at Deena’s and a giveaway

U-don with Diwali? I know, really cheesy. After all good festive periods, my tummy is bloated, my skin is still greasy from oily snacks and I have a cold coming on, probably nurtured by exhaustion. I’m missing my family and all the banter and so the way I cope with post-festivity blues is to have dates in the diary with good friends and to laugh, be happy and sleep. I’m still working on the last one.

So tonight my lovely friend Heena and her husband Ash came over for dinner. Heena is lactose intolerant, chilli intolerant and is not eating fattening stuff right now. Oh and we are all vegetarian. Whilst I was sifting through my mind for exciting ideas that fit this criteria, I thought poo. I wanted to try out a new paneer recipe…no. What about that angel hair pasta with ricotta and my secret ingredient…no. I have a very busy monkey that likes to play, ‘I found it’ in my kitchen cupboards empty the contents of an entire cupboard onto the floor. So, the obvious choice of Dhokla, dhal, curry, chappati and rice was not happening. I had 45 minutes to make this meal!


In the spirit of the colder season and seeking comfort in cozy socks and friends, I share with you my seasonal warmer that will snuggle you better than a slanket. I am using miso to give an earthy November feel instead of vegetable stock for the soup and using seasonal sweet potato to give the soup sweetness and depth. I have packed the soup with corn cobs, pak choi, oyster mushrooms, green beans and silky noodles. It’s filling, it’s different and it’s actually herby. I’ve added coriander and Thai basil. This one is a joy.

Some great news to share with you! I’m on the tesco finest stage at the BBC Good Food show in London on Saturday 16th November. I will be talking to Lotte Duncan and I’m very excited! The Team have given me a pair of tickets to give away to you and here’s what you have to do. Just post a comment, tell me what you think of this recipe and what your favourite one pot dish is and you could win a pair of tickets to the show! Simple. More details below this recipe.

Ingredients to serve four

4 tbsp miso paste
3tbsp finely chopped Thai basil
30g finely chopped coriander
Two whole cobs of corn chopped into quarters
100g green beans
100g oyster mushrooms, gently torn
A litre of water (use as much water from the sweetcorn)
250g sweet potato, peeled and chopped into cubes
2 pak choi
4 spring onions, chopped into bite sized chunks
125g Udon noodles
2 kaffir lime leaves
(Optional, two red chilies. I didn’t use them today, but I will in future)
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil


1. Prepare the sweet potatoes by boiling them for 8-10 minutes and then blend together after removing the water until it looks like baby food. Leave it to a side.
2. Heat the oil in a deep pain and add the chillies (if you are using them) with the coriander and lime leaves. Sauté for a minute and then add the miso paste, Thai basil, sweet potato. Mix it all well and then then add water.
3. Bring the soup to a simmer and then add all the vegetables and cook for 7-8 minutes.
4. In a separate bowl, cook the udon noodles per the packet instructions and then combine them with the soup.

Serve immediately.

BBC Good Food Show London, Olympia, London, 15 – 17 November 2013

The BBC Good Food Show London is running from 15-17 November at the Olympia in London. To celebrate we have teamed up with the organisers to offer you …. general admission tickets as a fantastic prize! See some of the nation’s favourite TV Shows brought to life with The Great British Bake Off sessions featuring Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, MasterChef cook offs featuring John Torode and Gregg Wallace and Saturday Kitchen Live sessions featuring James Martin, plus Michel Roux Jr is back live on the Supertheatre and Deena Kakaya on the interview stage sponsored by Tesco finest. Shop from hundreds of exhibitors in the Producers Village and The Great British Bake Off Village and make sure to visit the Pop-Up Restaurant and Street Food Experience to savour some of the best food London has to offer.

Not a winner? To book tickets and for more information on the BBC Good Food Show London please visit bbcgoodfoodshowlondon.com or call 0844 581 1364

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26 Responses to “Udon and veg in a miso, sweet potato and herb soup: dinner at Deena’s and a giveaway”

  1. Sally Baker November 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Another fantastic recipe by you – you need to be my personal chef?! I will substitute the udon for gluten free wide rice noodles & put some enoki in too. Will be cooking this at weekend when can enjoy doing it & more importantly eating it!
    My fav one pot dish is squash (I use the smile in season squashes such as the onion squash) Thai noodle soup served in the hollowed squashes.

    • Deena Kakaya November 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      Hi Sally! You are very kind to me thank you.

      I like your suggestions fir the soup, enoki mushrooms would taste great in this recipe. When you cook it, please send me a pic so that I can share in on the Facebook group.

      Wow, your fave one-pot sounds gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! X

  2. annelifaiers November 7, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Great sounding soup Deena! Packed full of delicious things. And good for you being on stage at the Good Food Show! Sounds really exciting. I can’t really hope to come so count me out of the competition….. But my fav one pot dish has to be Gascon Garbure – a soup/stew brimming with shredded duck, beans, cabbage, carrots, potatoes – just about everything you can think of! A really gratifying Winter warmer. Good luck with everything xx
    (and thanks for entering Four Seasons Food too!)

    • Deena Kakaya November 7, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Hi Anneli, it’s so good to hear from you. Thank you so much for the wishes for the good food show, it’s very exciting !

      Wow, your one pot dish sounds like it really is a balance of lots of food groups and a colourful one at that! I bet it tastes wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing x

  3. kellie@foodtoglow November 7, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Lovely, slurpy, nourishing. And messy – if I’m eating it! And miso is always a winner for me. I have recently put it in a vegan cornbread recipe and it was really good. Many congratulations and good wishes for your BBC Good Food Show debut. Remember to have fun! I won’t be able to make it down from Scotland (we have our own show up here) but I will chip in with my own fave one pot – potato gnocchi, chard, sweet potato, black garlic, chillies, and loads of lemon and stock. Making it tomorrow for my daughter and some of her friends who are staying over. Luckily most of her friends are good eaters, esp considering they are all 17/18. But I will still have to get a supply of Doritos and Haribo! And earplugs for me 😀

    • Deena Kakaya November 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      Hi Kellie, fab to see you on here, thank you so much. I’m going to check out your miso recipe when my boy sleeps, sounds amazing and fantastic blend of food from different parts of the world.

      Ooh, love the sound of your fave one pot…have you shared the recipe? Your lucky daughter and friends. I’m quite take aback that your daughter is almost an adult! I would never have thought so from your pic!! X

  4. Heena November 7, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Deena’s dish was indeed delicious! Full of flavour and just right for these autumn nights. Thank you for creating this!

    My fav one pot dish is a Tuscan bean stew- nutritious- full of seasonal vegetables and all types of beans.

    • Deena Kakaya November 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      Thank you for inspiring me Heena! I’m so glad that you liked it!

      Ooh, I love Tuscan bean stew with huge crusty bread . Thanks for sharing x

  5. Sudhir K November 7, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Well done Deena bhabhi 🙂

  6. Spice Kitchen (@SpiceKitchenUK) November 7, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Love this recipe Deena. Have travelled alot in Japan and Udon is one of my favourite noodles (Ramen are pretty epic also). Definitely going to make this sometime when I can track down kaffir lime leaves and thai basil in Birmingham. Thanks! XX

    Spice Kitchen

    • Deena Kakaya November 7, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      Hello Sanjay! Thanks so much for stopping by, I’m so pleased to see a comment from you.

      Ah, please send me a pic when you do make it, I can share on my Facebook group. I got the kafir lime and Thai basil from sainsburys. The thai basil was in the aisle and the kafir lime was in the fridge. Both at my local and small sainsburys. X

  7. Selma's Table November 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Hi Deena – Congratulations! How amazing and exciting to be up there on stage between Todiwala and Torode/Wallace – so, so pleased for you! Your recipe sounds like a fabulous balance of flavours (sweet, herbal, citric and spicy if you include the chillies) and textures – I have a friend who would really enjoy this so I must have her round soon and try it out on her! My favourite one pot dish (I have many actually as I really hate washing up!) is risotto with leeks, chunks of butternut, thyme and a little creme fraiche…comfort food for this sort of weather. x

    • Deena Kakaya November 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

      Hi Selma, what a wonderful and warm message. Thank you so much, you are so lovely.

      This recipe was a big hit, we had no leftovers! It felt ok to indulge though, it’s pretty healthy and scrummy.

      Mmm..,your one pot sounds smooth and comforting! Thanks for sharing xx

  8. Meena November 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Wow, yummy soup full of gorgeous flavours!

    My favourite one pot dish is Pho soup!!

    Very excited about you being in the show!
    congratulations! Xxx

    • Deena Kakaya November 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

      Hello Meena, thanks for the kind words! It really is do gorgeous, mellow, herby , lightly sweet and utterly kind. I hope you’ll try it!

      Thanks fur sharing your yummy one-pot dish!

      Oh, thank you… I hope I will see you at the show xx

  9. Kathryn Casbolt November 10, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    Sounds delicious, but I will make without the mushrooms as daughter not a fan. Will certainly add the chillies though for a bot of kick! One of my favourite one pot dishes is a Lamb Tagine. Long slow cooking makes it so tender and flavoursome. Good luck at the show, hope to see you there. Always a lovely day out pre Christmas with lots of lovely goodies to taste and purchase 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya November 10, 2013 at 8:01 am #

      Hi Kathryn, thanks so much for stopping by !

      Yes, the great thing about a dish like this is that it’s so versatile. My mum won’t eat mushrooms but I use lots of broccoli for her.

      Thanks so much for sharing your favourite one pot dish , sounds comforting and perfect for the weather.

      Thanks fir the wishes, please say hello if you are there x

  10. Karen November 13, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Trying again! LOVE this cleansing meal Deena and the herbs you used in it too!

    • Deena Kakaya November 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

      Thanks Karen! Really appreciate that. Nourishing and tasty xxx

  11. Franglais kitchen, Nazima November 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    I do love Miso soup but am lazy and have not pimped up the plain soup with veggies and noodles very often. I am definitely trying this out. Yum! PS well done on your BBC Good Food appearance! so proud of you x

    • Deena Kakaya November 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      Nazima, I read this message at an emotional point and you’ve made me teary in a wonderful way. Your message was exactly what I needed to see, thank you SO much xxx

      I can’t wAit for you to try it, tasty and lean, filling too! Xxx

  12. Jessica November 18, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Found one that I’m going to try, this looks delish 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya November 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      Hi Jessica! This one took a lot of thinking about given my friends requirements, but it turned out really scrummy! I hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it xx


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