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Coconut-chicken soup with turmeric

A simple soup that will restore your spirits.
Coconut-chicken soup with turmeric

Coconut-chicken soup with turmeric

Ben Dearnley

This noodle soup, with its base of turmeric, ginger, chilli and lemongrass, is not only simple to make, but restorative, too.


Spice paste


1.For spice paste, combine ingredients in a jug and blend with a hand-held blender until a smooth paste, adding a little more oil or water if necessary.
2.Heat oil in a saucepan over high heat. Add spice paste and stir until fragrant and starting to smell roasted (2-3 minutes). Add stock and coconut milk, bring to the boil and season to taste with salt.
3.Meanwhile, drain noodles and divide among bowls.
4.Add chicken to soup, stir, then bring to a simmer and simmer until chicken is cooked through (5-6 minutes). Ladle soup over noodles and season with tamarind and fish sauce to taste. Top with spring onion, coriander, chilli oil, bean sprouts and shallots to serve.

Tamarind purée is available in jars from Asian grocers and select supermarkets. If it’s unavailable, substitute lime juice.


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