It’ll be ok – Asian style sweetcorn soup with chilli, cumin and coriander rice flour dumplings

17 Nov

It'll be ok - Asian style sweetcorn soup with chilli, cumin and coriander rice flour dumplings
It’s been an amazing weekend. I feel utterly blessed and grateful. On Saturday afternoon I was on the Tesco finest interview stage at the BBC Good Food show. I had a moment of realisation as Lotte Duncan was interviewing Cyrus Todiwala before me and I saw my dad, husband, baby boy, brother, sis in law and niece waiting. Beaming. Love does funny things to you doesn’t it, seeing their faces through blurry eyes, I swelled with a lovely feeling of ‘I did that’.

Earlier that day I was in the green room. I met some wonderful people from Masterchef and The great British bake-off. Both the ex contestants/winners and presenters sat surrounding screens and munching. I thought, a lot. I thought about how brave these people are to follow their heart, to stand before a crowd of food lovers and demonstrate perfection. I thought about humility and balance in life and I saw how much of a food professionals life, heart and mind goes into delivering short and long-term. It really is different to what may people perceive.

The interview was fabulous fun. We talked about fusion food and whether it is a modern atrocity or an assault on the taste buds. We talked about my fussy boy and how he is my biggest food project and we chuckled about fishing food out of the bra and then eating it. The audience tasted some of my festive plantain chip mix and we also considered whether it is hard to be vegetarian. We even talked about whether Brussels sprouts smell like fart and what I do to them that makes them gorgeous! You know that I stuff them in a curry.

Today I am shattered. I walked around in heels the entire day and twice around the producers section eating my way through fabulous chocolate, wonderful macaroons and oils with cheeses. All I wanted today was food that real people like to eat, cuddles with my boy and the telly. I am back in leggings rather than a bodycon dress and my hair is back up.

I love this soup because it’s a whole meal; it’s hot, has a bite, has tons of flavour and those dumplings are a smooth and spicy joy. We had two bowls each…see how you go.


For the soup

Two large tins of sweetcorn
1.5litres of vegetable stock
2 tbsp corn flour mixed with water
2 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cm piece of ginger, minced
4-5 spring onions
2 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp curry powder
2 tbsp soy sauce

For the dumplings

2 cups of water
1 1/4 cup of ground rice or rice flour
Salt to taste
2 green chilies
25g coriander, washed and coarsely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds

1. To make the soup, heat the sesame oil in a deep pan and then quickly add the onion, ginger and garlic. Stir fry for a couple of minutes before adding the sweetcorn. Mix in the soy sauce and stir it well.
2. Add the vegetable stock and curry powder and then bring the soup to a simmer.
3. When the soup is boiling add the corn flour and water. Make sure you mix the corn flour with warm water because it will dissolve better. Simmer the soup for ten minutes before turning it off the heat.
4. To make the dumplings, start by making a paste from the Coriander and chilli.image
5. Heat the water in a separate pan. When it is boiling add the cumin seeds then the salt and the coriander and chilli paste. Simmer for a minute and then add the ground rice or rice flour in a stream, quickly stirring with a wooden spoon. Smooth any lumps out. Let me rice flour cool until it is lukewarm.
6. To make the dumplings grease your palms and take a pinch of the rice flour and make 3-4cm sized balls. Place them onto a plate.
7. Bring the soup to a simmer again, add the dumplings and simmer for 7-8 minutes,

Serve the soup hot and fresh. It’s gorgeous.

This month I am entering this into the Credit Crunch Munch pages on Helen and Camilla’s blogs



Being a soup this has also been shared with my friends at FSF hosted by Delicieux & Eat Your Veg on each entry.


32 Responses to “It’ll be ok – Asian style sweetcorn soup with chilli, cumin and coriander rice flour dumplings”

  1. HELEN November 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    sounds like you had an amazing day at the show.
    Those dumplings sound lovely.

    • Deena Kakaya November 17, 2013 at 11:10 pm #

      Hello lovely Helen,thanks so much for the comment. I did have an incredible day, I am so grateful. You know, when I was really young I barely spoke. My aunts and uncles would encourage chatter but I was so shy. And that was me on the stage yesterday! Oh my…

      I love this soup, the dumplings are inspired by a Gujarati snack and the soup is indo-Chinese. This is the sort of stuff I really like to eat. Plus it’s easy to make. I really hope you’ll try it xx

  2. eastofedencook November 17, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Congratulations on the interview! What a weekend! Returning home to comfort is such a joy especially when there is Sweetcorn Soup with amazing Dumplings!

    • Deena Kakaya November 17, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

      Lovely Deb, hello! It’s really lovely to hear from you. It was a exhilarating day, I’m so pleased that I did it.

      This is the best soup I’ve made this month, it really is pretty darn scrumptious! I hope you’ll try it xx

  3. Lesley S Smith November 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    It does sound like it was a great day. Glad you had fun and what’s the next step for you?

    • Deena Kakaya November 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

      Hi Lesley, thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it.

      I had just the most exhilarating experience and I couldn’t believe I was doing it! Not sure what is next to be honest, working on a mag for India…my first one. I thought they wouldn’t like fusion style of cooking, but they do! Xx

  4. Aruna Panangipally November 18, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Congratulations, Deena! Sounds like you had a great day. :- Sweet corn soup was never a great favourite of mine but me thinks the dumplings may change my mind. Will try it soon. Travelling to Norway and Switzerland for work (brrrrrrr……..) and the thought of this soup should keep me warm.

    • Deena Kakaya November 18, 2013 at 8:11 am #

      Hello Aruna, thanks so much for stopping by with warm wishes, I truly appreciate it! I had an amazing day, I feel so blessed. I still can’t believe that I did that!

      I used to have American chowder at work and after a while it made me queasy. This soup however is spicy, flavoursome and dense so I absolutely love it! I hope you’ll try it.

      I wish you a safe and successful trip for work. It’s great to be in touch with you, let’s stay connected x

  5. lizzygoodthings November 18, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Deena, I love that you’ve used tinned corn for this delicious sounding soup!

    • Deena Kakaya November 18, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      Hi LiZzy, so good to see a comment from you.

      Yes, Saturday was so busy…I made the soup with whatever I has in the cupboards. Sometimes quick little short cuts can make life easier and allow time for cuddles. I don’t think it compromises taste. I hope you’ll try the soup x

  6. Selma's Table November 18, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Hi Deena – so sorry not to have seen you on stage but I did have a fabulous day at the show yesterday – thank you SO much for the tickets. It was such a treat!. I love the idea of dumplings in the soup – not something I would do normally but will give it a go xx

    • Deena Kakaya November 18, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      Selma, you really are so lovely. I’m very glad that you had fun! I will DM a snippet of my interview.

      Try the soup! It is really punchy and I usual, it’s got bite, spice and heat xx

  7. mrsveg November 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Oh my goodness that sounds beautiful! I might have changed my mind about what to have for dinner…

    • Deena Kakaya November 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      Hello! It’s so good to hear from you! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment…I have to say this soup is pretty darn awesome! I made enough for four but two of us ate it all. I’m very happy with this recipe, I hope you like x

  8. foodbod November 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    Your day sounds great, congratulations on everything you have achieved, and thank you for a very tasty looking recipe

    • Deena Kakaya November 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

      Hello foodbod, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I had such a fabulous day, my head was spinning with excitement!

      This is the best soup I’ve made or eaten this month, I do hope you’ll try t and enjoy it xx

      • foodbod November 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

        How wonderful, you deserve it

        • Deena Kakaya November 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

          That’s a very lovely thing to say foodbod, I appreciate it xx

          • foodbod November 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm #


  9. annelifaiers November 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Well done Deena…sounds like you had an amazingly successful day! You deserve a comfort day after all that hard work. I love the sound of this soup…comforting and spicy. Bookmarking xx

    • Deena Kakaya November 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

      Hi Anneli, thank you so much for your lovely message. It was an exhilarating experience and I feel so blessed to have such opportunities and to have lovely people like you smiling at me in the process.

      I think this is one of the best soups so far on my site, it’s really deep and full of flavours and textures. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts once you’ve tried it xxx

  10. Johanna GGG November 22, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    this sounds marvellous soup – and perfect comfort food – congrats on being a star at the good food show – sounds a huge achievement

    • Deena Kakaya November 22, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      Hi Johanna, thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I had such a wonderful experience at the show, it was such fun! I can’t believe where the conversation lead!

      This is definitely my best soup for November, I hope you’ll try it x

  11. Sarah, Maison Cupcake November 23, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Wow what a busy weekend and wondeful looking dish, I bet you needed a bowl of that afterwards! Don’t forget to mention it’s Dinner With Crayons hosting Credit Crunch Munch this month.

  12. Poppy December 20, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    Another exciting recipe to try! I can find ‘standard’ soup boring so I love the idea of the rice flour dumplings and all those textures,,

    • Deena Kakaya December 20, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      Hi Poppy, great to see a comment from to. I have to admit that this is one of my favourite soups. The sweetcorn soup itself is so full of flavours and I love the dumplings for depth and texture. I hope you’ll enjoy it too x

      • Poppy December 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

        I’m sure I will! Looking forward to it. 😀

  13. whitegirllovesindianfood January 13, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

    What an interesting soup!

    • Deena Kakaya January 15, 2014 at 12:39 am #

      Thank you, it’s unusual and absolutely scrummy…it’s easy to eat a lot of it xx


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