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Fresh Corn Soup with Healing Spices

Fresh Corn Soup with Healing Spices

This soup was born as a comforting antidote to my end-of-fresh-corn-season blues, and it uses two other ingredients that I can’t get enough of: coconut milk (my new passion since I found it in the Asian section of the grocery store) and curry spices, which I’ve been throwing into just about everything after I heard about their nearly-magical anti-inflammatory healing power. The combination is sheer velvety heaven with a delicate sweet nuttiness and a hit of warmth from the spices. Corn Soup with Coconut Milk and Healing Spices is an updated healthy chowder without the cream, and it can be enjoyed either hot or cold, depending on our changeable September weather.

INGREDIENTS

1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 teaspoon fresh
3 tablespoons butter (or healthy oil if you want to make a vegan version)
2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
3 cups good-quality vegetable broth
1 teaspoon curry powder (this is a blend that usually include turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and other healing spices
1 cup coconut milk (you can use the low-fat variety if you like; be sure to shake the can thoroughly before opening and measuring).
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Sea salt, to taste

1. In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter or oil over medium heat, then add onion, garlic, and thyme. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and translucent and garlic is fragrant but not browned.

2. Add corn and broth and cook, partially covered, until corn is soft, about 10 minutes. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the remaining tablespoon of butter or oil and add the curry powder, stirring well. Heat for 1 minute–the fragrance will be divine, just be sure you donít burn it–then remove from heat and reserve.

3. Puree the corn mixture in a blender or food processor. In a bowl, whisk together the warm curry spices, coconut milk, lime juice, and cilantro. Add to soup just before serving, stirring well to combine. Salt to taste and serve warm, or chill for at least one hour in the fridge and serve cold.

Serves 6.

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By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).

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Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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10:58AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Thank you.

3:18AM PST on Dec 29, 2012

MMmmmm - yummy!

7:53AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

yum

11:16AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

this would be great over some tofu and rice for a whole meal. thanks!

3:08PM PDT on Jul 5, 2011

I dont think i would like to try this,corn soup,maybe,but without curry powder

9:07PM PST on Jan 21, 2011

I*M GONNA MAKE THIS 2NIGHT*LIVING IN FINLAND I MAKE ALOT OF HOT VEGAN SOUPS & CHOWDERS 2 STAY WARM*& THEY R HEALTHY & CHEAP 2*W OUT ALL THAT STUFF THEY PUT IN THE STORE BOUGHT STUFF*I MAKE HOMEMADE CROUTON*S BREAD*S * PITA CHIP*S *2 GO W THEM*THEY R SO GOOD*I MADE A ROASTED VEGETABLE SOUP LAST WEEK W SOME SPICY SEASONING*S IT WZ SO GOOD*I LV THESE RECIPES & ARTICLE*S*THANX*BROOKE W*HELSINKI*FINLAND

2:50AM PST on Dec 30, 2009

That's a hearty soup..and guess what..I have corn and I have zucchini. so m making this soup sometime soon..
Btw, nice snap of u..

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3:59PM PDT on May 28, 2008

I always copy & paste into a word document. I usually remove what I don't want and save to a file I made for my all my receipes. I like to save the pictures with the receipe, but I usually print in Black instead of color - just cahnge the properties before you print.

6:29AM PDT on Nov 3, 2007

I made this soup and added a little whole corn kernels to it and it was fabulous!

6:16PM PDT on Sep 14, 2007

copy and paste into a plain Word document; solves a lot of problems. often my computer crashes when i try to print these recipes

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