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Eat the Rainbow – Coconut Curry Soup

This  coconut  curry  soup is the   perfect  way to   incorporate   more  veggies  into   your  diet  in a  scrumptious  way!  More  over  it  is a  one  pot  meal that  can  be  prepped  ahead  and  made    fresh   on  time.

Coconut  curry  Soup - easy one  pot  meal  that is  versatile   enough  from carnivores   to vegans !

Planning to start the  new  year  off  healthy ?  Well, you are  at  the  right  place.  Not  only is  it  healthy , it is   easy to make  and   perfect  for  the  weather  we  have  now. Yes  is  COLD  outside.

I love this  coconut  curry  soup  on a   cold  evening .  It is  one   recipe  that  can  accommodate a  vegan, a  vegetarian or   someone   who  does not think a   meal is  complete  without  meat.   One stop shop that caters to all.

The rainbow of colors going into coconut curry soup

A recipe that uses all these colors and more – I left out all yellow and orange peppers – is just what you need to get more veggies into every day diet easily. So how  do you  do it ?   Simple  copy the experts!

The  soup  is comprised of 2 distinct elements –

  • Base,  the  fragrant  liquid  that  binds  everything  together
  • Everything  else,  protein , veggies , herbs or  as  I call it  the RAINBOW

These  two parts   come  together at  the  table .  Sounds  simple doesn’t  it ?

Coconut curry Soup - easy one pot meal that is versatile enough from carnivores to vegans !

The  beauty  of  it  is  that  all the prep  work  can be  done  in advance,  even the  serving  bowls  can  be prepped  ahead  of  time and   refrigerated.  Come  dinnertime ,  pour  the piping  hot   soup  base  into the  bowls !

On a side note : if there is another  salmonella  outbreak and   you don’t  want  to  eat  anything  uncooked ,  jut  add all the RAINBOW into the onto the   hot  soup  and  simmer  for  a  couple   minutes.  

Assembling  the  soup  at  the  last  minute  has  its  own advantage

  • The  veggies  stay crunchy
  • The   colors of  the  rainbow  just  pops  – in  other  words  purple  cabbage  stays  purple , and  the   broccoli  stays deep  green !

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The  soup base

The  soup base  is  made  with  curry  powder,  coconut  milk and   chicken/vegetable  stock.   Use   your  favorite  version of curry powder  or   use   the   spice  blend  in  the  recipe.

Use  a  mild  curry powder,  the  idea  is  to  gently flavor  the  soup.  It  should  bind  all the  elements  together  and  not  overpower.


  • Tofu –  press  and  get  as  much  water out as  possible,  slice  and  pan  fry.
  • Chicken –  slice  thin   and  add  to the   broth as   it  cooks  or  use  pre  cooked   shredded  chicken
  • Shrimp / Scallops  –  clean  and  pat  dry.  Shallow  fry   until just  turns  pink.
  • White  Fish –  slice very thin. I am not a fan of fish in this soup. But yes, it is an option .


  • Carrots – Shredded  or  sliced  thin
  • Cucumber –  sliced  about  ½ inch  thick
  • Cabbage –   shredded
  • Broccoli –  Florets
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bell Pepper – Sliced  thin
  • Bean   Sprouts
Coconut curry Soup - easy one pot meal that is versatile enough from carnivores to vegans !

Herbs and  Spices

  • Chilies –  sliced/slit  to  taste. User thai chilies,  jalapenos   or  any you  like or leave it out altogether.
  • Lemons/Lime
  • Basil –  Freshly  washed  sprigs
  • Scallions
  • Cilantro

So here are the step by step instructions and the recipe to assemble the coconut curry soup.

Coconut curry Soup - easy one pot meal that is versatile enough from carnivores to vegans !

Eat the Rainbow Coconut Curry Soup

By Syama
An easy and versatile one pot meal that can be prepped ahead and made fresh in 30 minutes. The flavors of curry and coconut complements a range of fresh vegetables and protein. Use any or all and make it the way you like !  
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4


  • 7 oz Rice Noodles Notes

For the broth

  • 1 Shallot minced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • ½ in Ginger minced
  • 1 Can Coconut milk full fat
  • 6 C Veg/Chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp Curry powder store bought / use recipe below
  • Salt To Taste

Protein (Pick 1 )

  • 2 C Thinly sliced Chicken Breasts
  • 1 C Thinly sliced fish Any white fish fillets (Notes)
  • ½ lb Shrimp / scallops
  • 1 lb Firm Tofu cubed


  • 2 C Broccoli Florets
  • 2 C Shredded Purple cabbage
  • 1 C Sliced carrots
  • 1 C Bean Sprouts
  • 1 C Bell pepper/Tomatoes/Cucumbers

To garnish

  • A few Cilantro / Fresh basil / Spring onions
  • Lemon wedges
  • Sliced chilies

For Curry Powder

  • 2 Tsp coriander
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • ½ Tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ Tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ Tsp Cayenne optional


Cook the protein

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan. If using tofu/chicken/shrimp/scallops pat it dry and add to the pan. Cook until the meat turn opaque or the tofu begin to brown. Turn and cook the other side. Remove and reserve.

Make the broth

  • In the same pan add 1 to 2 tbsp more oil if needed. When hot add shallots , ginger and garlic. Cook until the shallots turn soft. Add the curry powder and cook for 30 more seconds. Add the coconut milk and mix in. Once the coconut milk is warm add the stock. Cover and let it simmer for 30 mins. Taste and adjust salt.

To serve

  • Cook the noodles according to the package directions
  • Heat the broth to boiling.
  • Portion the noodles, the protein of choice and vegetables into serving bowls. Pour the hot soup broth over it. Garnish and serve immediately.

For the curry powder

  • Mix  all the  spices  lisgted  under  curry powder  and   store  in an  airtight  container.


If  using  this  rice  noodles  often  times  it  is  not  necessary to precook the   noodles.  Just  portion  the  individual noodle  cakes  into the   serving  bowls and   pour  the   hot  soup  over  it.  In  2  minutes  the  noodles  will soften  and  be  ready to  be eaten.
When  using  thinly sliced  fish  fillets there is  no  need  to precook  it.  Examples  of  mild  whitefish are – tilapia, cod, bass, , haddock, or  snapper.   The  rule  to  go  buy is  to  get  the  freshest  fish   you  can  find.

Important: Values are only estimates. Actuals vary depending on ingredients and serving size.

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Coconut curry Soup - easy one pot meal that is versatile enough from carnivores to vegans !

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