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Chilled Cucumber Coconut Soup

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Introduction

This is a different twist on the chilled cucumber yogurt soup, with a greater depth of flavor.

Servings: 4

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Ingredients:

1 Can Chicken Broth
2 Red Thai Chilis, cut in half lengthwise
3 Kafir Lime Leaves
1 Inch Fresh Ginger, peeled and chopped
1 Medium Onion, peeled and chopped with the Cubico
2 Cloves Garlic, peeled and chopped with the Cubico
1 Inch Fresh Ginger, peeled and chopped with the Cubico
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Pound Cucumbers, peeled
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 Cup Canned Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Mint Leaves
1/2 Teaspoon Sambal or Tabasco
1/2 Lime, juiced
1/2 Teaspoon Yuzu Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Nam Pla (Thai Fish Sauce)
Cilantro, minced for garnish

Directions:

  • Add chilis, kafir lime leaves and ginger to the broth in a small pan. Bring to a boil, cover and let steep for 1 hour. Remove lid and reduce to 1 1/4 cups. Strain.
  • Heat oil in the skillet over medium heat; when hot, add onions and ginger. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes.
  • Cut the cucumbers legthwise in half, scoop out the seeds and cut cucumbers into 2" chunks.
  • Add the cucumbers, salt and pepper to the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the chicken stock and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the coconut milk and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the mint, hot sauce, lime, yuzu and nam pla. Remove from heat.
  • Put the mixture in a blender and puree until smooth. Adjust seasoning if desired. Chill.
  • Serve garnished with cilantro.

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Nutrition:

Per Serving: 223 Calories; 19g Fat (73.9% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 207mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 3 1/2 Fat.