Lemon Grass and Chile Soup


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A novel soup recipe, lemongrass and chili soup is a vegetable soup with a difference. The lemon grass and chili combination is unusual but in the soup tastes great. A perfect winter soup recipe.

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Lemon Grass and Chile Soup recipe - How to make Lemon Grass and Chile Soup

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4


3/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
2 to 3 small hot green chillies, seeded and halved (optional)
2 tbsp soy sauce
4 cups Vegetable Broth
2 large lemon grass stalks, peeled and cut into 4-inch pieces
3 dried Thai kaffir lime leaves (optional)
1 tsp. canola or vegetable oil
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. peeled, minced fresh gingerroot
2 tsp. roasted chile paste
1 1/2 cups oyster mushrooms or button mushrooms (khumbh)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

  1. In medium saucepan, heat vegetable broth to a simmer with lemon grass stalks and dried lime leaves if desired.
  2. In small skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring often, about 30 seconds. when broth has simmered for 5 minutes, remove lemon grass and lime leaves and discard. add cooked garlic and ginger to broth. return broth to a boil and stir in chile paste and mushrooms
  3. Cook until mushrooms have wilted, about 30 seconds, then stir in lime juice and soy sauce. remove from heat and ladle soup into small bowls.
  4. Top each bowl with a few tomatoes, a little cilantro and a small pinch of hot green chilies if desired.
  5. Alternatively, mix tomatoes and chilies together and place in a small serving bowl. set on the table for people to help themselves.

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This recipe was contributed by vaishnavdhara on 09 Mar 2002

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