Spicy Beetroot and Coconut Soup with Herbed Yogurt

Lovebeetroot.co.uk tells me beetroot is considered by many cultures a food of love. Even more sordily  the Romans considered it such an aphrodisiac that the official brothel of Pompei was adorned with picture of beetroots. Just recently I have fallen out of love with beetroot finding the flavour alternately  too sweet , earthy or acidic.

But having a vegebox does not given you the luxury of giving up on certain foods. There is only so much you can use up curing salmon or grating into salads .   I was surfing  round when I can across several versions of a Beetroot and Coconut Soup by Simon Rimmer ( Version One , Version Two and Version Three )

I went for a version of three, skipping a few ingredients I didn’t have in also the recipe called for coconut milk which I was out of out of but I did have a block of coconut cream .

Unusually I really couldn’t work out how this was going to taste but the coconut and chilli perfectly balanced out the earthy beetroot without being overly sweet, finally a swirl of herbed yogurt lifted the whole dish. I think this would  be great a chilled soup the sort of thing you serve in shot glasses.

Spicy Beetroot and Coconut Soup with Herbed Yogurt ( adapted from Simon Rimmer)

400g of beetroot
2tbsp of creamed coconut
1 small onion finely chopped

Spice Paste
1 thumb of ginger peeled
1 stick of lemongrass
2 garlic cloves
2 birds eye chillis
Zest of a lime

Herbed yogurt
2 tsp of fresh mint finely  chopped
4 tbsp of fresh coriander leaves finely chopped
12 tbsp of  plain yogurt

  1. Cook the beetroot by covering it in water and simmer until soft (about 30 mins) .Save the cooking water.
  2. Wear gloves to rub the beetroot to remove the skin . Then cut the beetroot into quarters.
  3. Make the spice paste by processing together all the ingredients.
  4. Fry the spice paste with the onions until softened.
  5. Add the beetroot and  cooking water to the fragrant spice paste.  Simmer for 10 minutes or so.
  6. In a food processor,  puree the soup with the coconut cream until smooth.
  7. Mix together the chopped fresh herbs and yogurt.
  8. Pour the soup into bowls and top with a swirl of  herbed yogurt

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4 Responses to Spicy Beetroot and Coconut Soup with Herbed Yogurt

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  3. ptchick says:

    This looks amazing, will need to try it!

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