Laksa Soup – Vegetarian Malaysian Coconut Curry Soup

Penang Laksa Soup

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Here is a chance for vegetarians to have a go at the Penang Laksa Soup, an ever-popular Malaysian delicacy.

Coconut milk and vegetable stock form the base of this tasty soup, which is flavoured with a tangy and spicy paste of tamarind, chillies, lemongrass and onions.

Chunky pieces of cottage cheese and crunchy bean sprouts add more josh to this perky soup, which is characterised by the rich taste of coconut milk and the fresh aroma of lemongrass.

We have toned down the spice levels to make the soup enjoyable for everybody. Pair the Laksa Soup with Malaysian Noodles and Creamed Corn Cake for a satiating oriental meal.

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Laksa Soup – Vegetarian Malaysian Coconut Curry Soup recipe - How to make Laksa Soup – Vegetarian Malaysian Coconut Curry Soup

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings
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For The Paste
2 tbsp roughly chopped onions
2 tbsp finely chopped lemon grass stems
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
2 whole dry kashmiri red chillies , broken
2 garlic (lehsun) cloves
1 tsp tamarind (imli)
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste

Other Ingredients
1 tsp cornflour
2 cups coconut milk
1 tbsp oil
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
salt to taste
1/4 cup thinly sliced paneer (cottage cheese)
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/2 cup boiled noodles

For The Garnish
basil leaves

For the paste

    For the paste
  1. Blend all the ingredients in a mixer to a smooth paste using 2 tablespoons of water. Keep aside.

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Dissolve the cornflour in the coconut milk and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok on a high flame, add the prepared paste and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the vegetable stock and salt and bring to boil.
  4. Lower the flame, add the coconut milk-cornflour mixture and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the paneer and bean sprouts and simmer for 2 more minutes. Do not overcook.
  6. To serve, put the boiled noodles into 4 individual bowls, pour hot soup on it and garnish with basil leaves.

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Laksa Soup – Vegetarian Malaysian Coconut Curry Soup
 on 25 Feb 21 12:05 PM

Very nicely explained. Made it so easy, step by step
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Tarla Dalal    Thank you for your kind words. Please keep trying more recipes and sharing your comments with us.
25 Feb 21 03:10 PM
Laksa Soup – Vegetarian Malaysian Coconut Curry Soup
 on 19 Feb 21 07:17 PM

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Tarla Dalal    Thanks for the feedback !!! Keep reviewing recipes and articles you loved.
19 Feb 21 07:19 PM
Penang Laksa Soup
 on 11 Nov 16 01:05 PM

Mildly favoured Malaysian soup enriched with coconut milk and subtle flavour of lemon grass. I tossed in a lot more paneer and removed the noodles to make it a nice healthy soup.
Penang Laksa Soup
 on 13 Oct 12 02:14 AM

Lovely!!! and so easy.