Keep it kind and easy- Tomato, chilli, lemongrass, basil and rice noodle soup

17 Dec
Keep it kind and easy- Tomato, chilli, lemongrass, basil and rice noodle soup

Tomato, chilli, lemongrass, basil and rice noodle soup

Keep it kind and easy- Tomato, chilli, lemongrass, basil and rice noodle soup

 I’ve been running through tunnels of cotton wool this week. Glimpses of light and muffled noises permeate through pillows and tangles but nothing seems to make sense. I’m running and I’m tired. I’ve got handfuls of fluff though, good enough?

I spent three days down with a horrid tummy bug and couldn’t eat for those three days. I had the usual nausea, fever and no food I ate settled, so I went without for three days. Now, even though it is Christmas and I perhaps should be cooking up a festive frenzy, I feel like I need to treat my body kindly, tenderly and eat easy, simple and gentle foods.

There also something in eating to your mood right? I’m not talking about cravings for chips or chocolate cake. I’m talking about eating hot and fiery foods when feeling as such. Nibbling on creative and classy little canapés when feeling fanciful, or eating simply, deliciously and naturally like I am feeling I should do, now.

My soup is not full of heavy doses of any ingredient, neither is it punchy. It is clean and subtle. Lemongrass is perhaps an unusual ingredient to be paired with tomato but it works and is refreshing. There’s a little bit of spice, a small amount of zing and a whole lot of calm.


500g deep red tomatoes, skinned
2 chillies, finely chopped
One root of lemongrass either minced to a purée, or slit in half
4 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
1.2 litres of vegetable stock
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp palm sugar
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp coconut oil (I used coconut oil by the groovy food company)
30g basil, shredded
1 tbsp coriander, finely chopped for garnishing
125g rice noodles

1. Start by immersing the tomatoes in hot water for a few minutes and them rinse them in cold water. The skin will slip off.
2. Heat the coconut oil in a deep pan, then add the mustard seeds, chilies and cumin seeds. Allow the seeds to sizzle before adding the the onions and lemon grass. Sauté for a minute.
3. Pour the vegetable stock in, then the rice wine vinegar and soy sauce with the palm sugar.
4. Bring the stock to a simmer and then add the tomatoes after roughly chopping them. Sprinkle in the basil and simmer for another 5 minutes.
5. Add the rice noodles and continue to cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

If you like noodle soups you may enjoy some of these

chilli tahini noodle soup-broccoli tempeh

a soup is not just for winter Deena’s emerald summer-soup with thai basil

It’ll be ok asian style sweetcorn soup chilli cumin coriander rice flour dumplings

chilli tamarind asian style cauliflower soup


24 Responses to “Keep it kind and easy- Tomato, chilli, lemongrass, basil and rice noodle soup”

  1. Aara December 18, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    This is such a unique a recipe i came across full of flavors 🙂 Wish i could taste it 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya December 18, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Hello Aara, it’s such a light and easy dish , I hope you’ll try it as the flavours are wonderful!

  2. Johnny Hepburn December 18, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    Get well soon! Three colds later and I know how you feel. Lots of simple but healthy foods. And a few spices here and there!

    • Deena Kakaya December 18, 2013 at 7:48 am #

      Thank you so much, hope you are well 🙂 yes lots of lovely and uncomplicated food !

  3. Jen @ Virtually Vegan Mama December 18, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    I could eat this soup right now it sounds so yummy! so pretty too, we’ve had some colds running through our house too, it’s no fun!

    • Deena Kakaya December 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      Hi Jen, thanks for stopping by to leave a kind comment, I appreciate it. This soup is indeed pretty and yummy! I hope you’ll try it. I hope your house is full of cold bugs now! X

  4. Joanne December 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    This is just the thing to cure what ails you! Simple and hearty.

    • Deena Kakaya December 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      Hi Joanne, thanks for the comment. You know, such a humble and tasty dish but it’s one of those where the ingredients need to be balanced perfectly so that it remains soothing and delicate. Lovely xx

  5. Chris December 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    To me it sounds very lovely and it looks very delicious. I would be happy with having a bowl of that soup for dinner.

    • Deena Kakaya December 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      Hello Chris, thanks so much for stopping by. It was lovely and fragrant, delicate and full of flavour. I looked forward to that bowl of comfort! X

  6. Poppy December 20, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    Ah that looks heart warming delicious!

    • Deena Kakaya December 20, 2013 at 8:13 am #

      It is a real soother Poppy, so fragrant and gentle! Thanks for your comment x

  7. Sun December 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Oh I’ve been looking for a good rice noodle soup and this looks like a winner! I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well though, hope you get well soon. 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya December 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      It really is a lovely one, there are a few more noodle soups on my site, I hope you’ll take a look! I’m better now, merry Christmas x

  8. lizzygoodthings December 21, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Deena, I love these flavours… so delicious! Sorry to hear you have been unwell. Wishing you a good festive season… thank you for your friendship.

    • Deena Kakaya December 21, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Thank you so much LiZzy, it’s been wonderful to connect with you and I hope we continue to share delicious exchanges in the coming year. Merry Christmas x

  9. kellie@foodtoglow December 28, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Making a version of this today. I feel a cold coming on and this sounds like a tasty way (as well as my beetroot zinger juice and golden turmeric milk) to blast the heck out of it! Cheers, lovely x

    • Deena Kakaya December 28, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Oh you too Kellie? Me and my boy are coming down with it too..,enjoy the soup, I will look up your beet juice, think we need it recover well lovely xx

  10. chilliandmint January 20, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    That does indeed look divine. Definitely one for me to try. Most delicious x

    • Deena Kakaya January 20, 2014 at 9:46 am #

      THank you so much, it really is a very kind and fragrant soup, hope you enjoy it. Xx

  11. recipesfromapantry June 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    I love that I know when I want something unique I just come check out your recipes and hey presto. Love this.

    • Deena Kakaya June 12, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      That is the loveliest comment I’ve had today, you are so kind Bintu, thank you x

  12. Deena Kakaya June 13, 2014 at 10:05 am #

    Thank you so much for your kind words and for featuring my soup xx


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