Gaeng Khae (Spicy Thai Vegetable Soup)
This medicinal soup from the north of Thailand is believed to prevent and reduce colds and fever. The flavorful base is a hand-ground paste of chiles, garlic, lemongrass, and shallots. If you don�t have a mortar and pestle, blend all the ingredients in a food processor. Serve with brown or red rice.
Yield: 4 Servings Ready in 45 minutes
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|15 dried chiles de arbol or Japones chiles|
|8 cloves garlic; peeled|
|2 stalks lemongrass; minced|
|2 shallots, minced; (1/2 cup)|
|1 tsp.red miso|
|4 cupslow-sodium vegetable broth|
|2 Tbs.low-sodium soy sauce|
|1 1/2 cupssliced beet greens; Swiss chard, escarole, turnip greens, or kale|
|1 cupturnip or fennel chunks|
|1/2 cupsliced mushrooms|
|1 cupfirm tofu chunks|
|1 cupcoarsely chopped arugula|
|1/2 cupfresh mint leaves|
|1/4 cupcoarsely chopped parsley|
Gaeng Khae (Spicy Thai Vegetable Soup) Preparation
To make Chile Paste:
Soak chiles in bowl of boiling water 30 minutes. Drain, pat dry, and finely chop.
Combine garlic and salt in mortar, and pound with pestle. Add lemongrass, shallots, miso, and chiles, pounding and crushing after each addition to make thick paste.
To make Soup:
Bring broth to a boil in saucepan over high heat. Stir in soy sauce and Chile Paste. Add beet greens, turnip, and mushrooms, and bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 5 minutes. Add tofu, and cook 2 minutes more. Stir in arugula, mint, and parsley, and simmer 1 to 2 minutes, or until herbs wilt.
Per 1-cup serving:
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat <1g
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