Spicy beetroot and coconut soup

Simon Rimmer gives beetroot an exotic spicy kick with this colourful soup that tastes as good as it looks
By Simon Rimmer
Spicy beetroot and coconut soup
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

For the paste

  • 2 stalks lemongrass
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 red chillies
  • 5 cm ginger, peeled
  • 4 lime leaves
  • 1 limes, juice

For the soup

  • 500 g raw beetroot
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 banana shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 600 ml vegetable stock
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1 pinches sea salt

To serve

  • 1 tbsp fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 4 cm cucumber, chopped, deseeded

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. 2. Sprinkle the beets with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and season with sea salt. Wrap them in kitchen foil, place in a roasting tray and roast for 35 minutes until tender. Cool, peel and chop. 3. For the paste, peel the tough outer coating from the lemon grass stalks. Finely chop the white bulbous part of each stalk, discarding the rest. 4. Put the lemon grass, garlic, chillies, ginger, kaffir lime leaves and lime juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. 5. Heat the remaining vegetable oil in a saucepan. Add the shallot and cumin seeds and fry gently for 2-3 minutes. 6. Add half the paste and fry for 5 minutes, stirring now and then, until fragrant. Add the roast beetroot and fry for 2 minutes. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 7-8 minutes. 7. Just before serving, put the soup, coconut milk, and the remaining paste in a blender and blend until smooth. 9. Top with chopped mint, coriander and cucumber and serve immediately with flatbread.

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