Chilli and tamarind, Asian style cauliflower soup recipe

23 Nov
Chilli and tamarind, Asian style cauliflower soup

Chilli and tamarind, Asian style cauliflower soup

Ladies, when you have a night off with your friends do you leave your partner to make his own dinner because he really can or should be able to, or are you utterly and perhaps overly kind like me and leave a proper meal ready and waiting. Gentlemen, when you are doing whatever it is you do and you won’t be with your wonderful lady, do you leave dinner made with love?

Now, I’m sure some people reading this may think…goodness here’s another woman from the dark ages. They may just roll their eyes reading this and think…how utterly submissive, maybe nothing better to do or even just of the mentality that I need to serve my husband.

None of the above, relax. I just can’t let go. When I’m away, my husband will eat a toasted sandwich or order pizza. He will eat pasta with ketchup and cheese or…the one that makes me cringe…he will eat cereal. That’s right, cereal for dinner.

Can you imagine how that frustrates me. Not only is cereal for dinner cold, it’s nutritionally inappropriate for more than one meal a day and its’s cereal. So the reason I leave a dinner is that I can relax and have fun in the knowledge that it won’t be cereal.

That said, I will definitely opt for a quick and easy option to extend my kindness and concern. I need time to get ready and I need to stop for fuel. So here’s what I put together in 20minutes; a hot and sour soup of chilli and tamarind with cauliflower floating happily in Asian style juices. It will definitely hit the spot. It’s one that will help you feel all your senses again in this weather and the cauliflower delicately mingles and shares its essence with the soup. Aah, relax.

Ingredients to serve 4 bowls

500g cauliflower cut into 3-4 cm florets
1 litre vegetable stock
2 tbsp corn flour mixed with a little warm water
2 cloves of garlic, minced
5 cm piece of ginger, minced
2 red chillies, halved
4-5 spring onions, chopped into bite sized pieces
3tbsp tamarind concentrate mixed with 400ml water
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp smoked paprika

1. Heat the oil in a deep pan and very quickly add the onions, ginger, garlic and chilies. Sauté for a couple of minutes until the onion browns lightly before adding the cauliflower. Sprinkle in the paprika and mix well.
2. Pour in the soy sauce, mix again and then add the vegetable stock and tamarind juice. Blend in the corn flour with water. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook for 7minutes or until the cauliflower is cooked.

12 Responses to “Chilli and tamarind, Asian style cauliflower soup recipe”

  1. kellie@foodtoglow November 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    I’m the same, although my husband will rustle something up like cheese and beans on toast with scrambled eggs, or sardines on toast. I can’t resist that nurturing instinct although it is usually just making sure that there are good leftovers from the night before rather than a bespoke meal. You are too good!

    • Deena Kakaya November 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi Kellie, your husband is a few steps beyond mine! Lol, we had a Chinese takeaway the night before so no leftovers, otherwise that’s usually my plan 🙂 he liked the soup though! Xx

  2. karen278 November 25, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    What a lovely “fresh” soup Deena and so full of all my favourite ingredients too! Karen

    • Deena Kakaya November 25, 2013 at 9:36 am #

      Hello Karen, great to hear from you! It’s a pretty soup that hits the senses in a way that you want more! Hope you’ll try it x

  3. Poppy November 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    Yum, I could do with a bowl of this to warm me up right now!!
    Also, I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award!

    • Deena Kakaya November 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Thanks so much Poppy, on both counts. How very lovely of you xx

      • Poppy November 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

        My pleasure!

      • Poppy November 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

        You’re so welcome! xx

  4. Sonia November 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    A Lovley soup after I pigged out at the Xmas markets today! My new favourite! X

    • Deena Kakaya November 27, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      I’m do glad you like it Sonia! I bet it warned you up xx

  5. thegoodfoodtheory December 10, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Yum! I have some taramind in the fridge that I bought for a recipe and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with the rest of it:)

    • Deena Kakaya December 10, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you like the look of it, it’s a really lovely one to liven up the senses. I hope that you’ll enjoy this one x

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