05 September 2009

Chunky Carrot & Squash Soup with Coconut & Red Chilli Flakes



















Butternut squash are starting to appear on the shelves again, so I took one of these little lovelies home. What better way to use the squash than to make soup and let's face it, it is definitely soup weather here in Scotland just now. I have given up on waiting for summer to arrive.

Chunky Carrot & Squash Soup with Coconut & Red Chilli Flakes

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cm ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 onion, finely sliced
½ medium butternut squash, cubed
3 potatoes, cubed
6 carrots, cubed
1 tsp chili flakes (more if you like)
2 tsp turmeric
2 tbsp dried coriander (use fresh if you have it)
6 cups/ 3 pints vegetable stock
½ cup / ¼ pint coconut milk
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Saute the onion, garlic and ginger until softened. Next add the carrots, squash and potatoes and saute for 5 - 10 minutes before adding the herbs and spices. Pour in the stock and cook covered at a simmer for 30 minutes. It is ready once the vegetable are tender. Whizz up a little of the soup, but leave enough vegetables whole, for a chunky soup. Stir through the coconut milk and season to taste.

Serves 6-8 (well you always need left-over soup for the next day, when it tastes even better)



















I thought this soup would last for three days at least, but Graham enjoyed it so much, that he kept going back for second helpings. He loved the kick from the chilli flakes and the creaminess from the coconut milk.

I usually use fresh chillies in my cooking, but my chilli plant is not co-operating, so I turn to chilli flakes for the heat in this soup. They are such a great store cupboard standby. I bought my chilli flakes from an Indian supplier, which I would recommend, as you get so much more for your money. These Indian chilli flakes are made by crushing the whole dried chilli as well as the seeds and are made from bird's eye chillies, which are really hot, so be careful as you add them, until you know their strength. If you want a slightly milder chilli flake, go for a Greek or Turkish variety.

I am submitting my soup to Lakshmi Venkatesh over at Kitchen Chronicles who is hosting this month's edition of Think Spice - Think Red Chillies, which is a blog event set up by Sunita over at Sunita's World.

35 comments:

  1. sounds lovely!

    sorry to hear about the bad summer weather, you can probably blame us for that, because we always bring grand weather when in scotland;) apart from one nasty, cold month of may some years back, brr...

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  2. A creamy delicious squash soup is my perfect meal Jacqueline.

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  3. In that case, please come visit Pia and bring some sun! Everyone will be pleased to see you : )

    Now you know if you were closer, I would have saved you some Val : )

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  4. What a yummy comforting soup. The combination of carrot, squash and coconut milk sounds irresistible. I've been eyeing the butternut squash the last couple of times I've gone to the market but was waiting to pick some up until the weather cooled down a bit.

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  5. Butternut and chilli, oh my mouth is watering.

    A soup made for those of us under the Scottish skies.

    When it's raining outside, take a spoonful of Tinned Tomatoes Butternut soup with some coconut and spice, so that we can pretend we are in warmer climates.

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  6. Oooh, yum. What about adding some curry powder and some coconut milk? Hmm....

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  7. We woke up to intense rain today and I fear our summer (which has been lovely) is over. Time for soup! This is such a great way to use squash and I love all the flavors you have going on here!

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  8. All I can say is lucky you Ashley, sun and warmth, Mmmmmm, lovely!

    But isn't that a sad state of affairs Mangocheeks? We must be due a decent summer sometime soon. In our life time please!

    Hey Davimack, well it does have turmeric and coconut milk in it, so it almost reaches your idea :)

    Thanks Dana :)

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  9. great soup for any weather - I'd enjoy it in spring - luckily we have butternut all year round

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  10. That soup looks and sounds lovely. It would warm up the worst kind of weather!

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  11. Jacqueline - we did have a summer here. Don't you remember? It was about 12.30 to 12.45pm on the 28th of June!!!!

    P.S. The soup looks yummy

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  12. Your weather sounds like it's been close to ours (here in WI)... I'm a fan of cooler weather, but there was a day in late August when I took a look right at Peef and said "This is just... wrong!"

    Nonetheless, the happy thing about it is that it's soup weather. And what's better than that? This soup looks awesome -- love the chunky more than anything. Can't beat a soup with substance.

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  13. Yum! I can't wait to start using Butternuts again. It just turned to fall this week, time for soups and winter squash!

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  14. Mmmm! First time I've seen your blog and I'm definitely bookmarking it. I'm going to be eating a lot of soup this fall and I was looking for something different. THIS IS IT!
    Thanks Jacqueline!

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  15. Is the fresh coriander the same thing as cilantro? This looks so good, and I can't wait to try it!

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  16. I adore an excellent soup recipe & this one is fab!! I love the textures too!

    I just gave you an award, Jaqueline! Come over @ my blog & pick it up!!

    Why? You can read it over there!

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  17. Hi Johanna, You are lucky to have butternut squash all year around, although I kind of like it coming along in autumn. It is something to look forward too.

    Hi Andrea, unfortunately, it has too :(

    That was funny Lynn, although a bit too near the truth :)

    I wish I could be content with the cooler weather like you Lo, but I just long for some sunshine. It is like an ache within me. I suppose the coller weather would be ok, if it didn't come along with near constant rain.

    Hi Katerine, yes, time for a change of menus :)

    Hi MSJVD (wish I knew what that is short for), Nice to meet you :)

    Hi Alane, yes cilantro is the same as coriander, just a different name :)

    Thank you so much Sophie, I will come over and visit :)

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  18. I've been experimenting more lately with coconut milk. This recipe sounds interesting, with the coconut milk, chili flakes, and squash all having distinctive flavors. Good luck with the submission, I'll be trying this out in the next few weeks.

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  19. I would love this spicy soup and it's so good for you too! I could use a bowl of this right now.

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  20. I hope you enjoy it TB, I am going to make another batch today.

    Soup will do you the world of good, while you are feeling poorly Lisa, but dragging yourself into the kitchen probably won't help. Wish I was nearer, so I could bring some around.

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  21. Looks absolutely delish,Jacqueline!
    I love the spoon:D

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  22. This is a very delicious option. I know this summer we've ate a lot of meals we'd usually only eat in the winter with the poor weather. Now hopefully winter cooperates and isn't to crazy.

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  23. Thanks Shri, everyone always loves these spoons.

    Me too Bill, me too!

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  24. That looks absolutely delicious. I will try this one!

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  25. This looks absolutely fabulous! It will be a fabulous cool weather soup which I hope we Texans can enjoy soon.

    I love chiles and we have an amazing assortment of fresh and dried chiles all year.

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  26. this is the quintessential fall soup! squash is probably the veggie i consume the most in the coming months, and i'm really enjoying the coconut aspect of this! great soup, jacqueline!

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  27. I hope you enjoy it Lori. I know you will :)

    Hi Diann, I always have some chillies to hand in the kitchen too, although I have disappointingly not had any of my own homegrown chillies this year.

    Me too Grace, in fact I will over indulge in squash and then be glad when the season is over again.

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  28. Beautiful colour soup. Wish I could eat squash because I love it, but it doesn't love me - last time I had it I was sweating with hallucinations!
    Loving the spoon too!

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  29. Great flavor profile going on here. Makes me want to whip out a pot and get going.

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  30. yum! i love chunky soups, and am always looking for new vegetarian ideas. Its hot here, but someday when it cools down this looks perfect!

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  31. Oh boy, that's not good CC, best to avoid them then!

    It is utterly delicious Joan. I made it again and added noodles. Gorgeous!

    Hi Sara, I hope you try it out when the weather turns.

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  32. I am obsessed with this soup! I am spreading the word of it's awesomeness on my blog :) well done!!

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  33. Carrots and squash combined with some coconuts. Delicious!

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  34. Have you ever tried using sweet potatoes instead of regular ones? If so, how did it turn out?

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  35. I do love sweet potatoes and I think they would work well in this soup Elizabeth :)

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