When the weather is chilly (and even when it’s not) sometimes you want a warm, comforting bowl of soup. This easy coconut milk cauliflower soup is a healthy way to get a serving of veggies in and the taste is so creamy.
To accompany two ingredients that are common in Indian cooking – coconut milk and cauliflower- this soup is spiced with turmeric, ginger, and garlic for a really round flavor. It reminds me just a tad of aloo gobi, but without the heat that dish usually brings.
To make this recipe you bake half the cauliflower in the oven, while the other half is cooked into the soup on the stovetop along with the aforementioned spices and a can of coconut milk. Then once both have finished cooking you add some of the oven cauliflower to the soup pot.
Then run it through the blender until it’s really smooth and creamy. The final flourish is to add a few pieces of the oven-browned cauliflower to each bowl of soup and then add some fresh parsley on top.
As is this recipe is vegan, but the flavors go so well together that there’s really nothing missing from this tasty soup at all. If you want to make it more decadent you could add a second can of coconut milk so you’d end up with a super-creamy soup. But, that’s very much optional as the soup is delicious without adding anything else to it.
I will say to not skip the second tasting at the end, after the soup has been blended. This step is crucial to making sure there’s enough salt. There’s a whole head of cauliflower in the recipe after all, which requires some salt to make it taste just right.
If you’re looking for a simple, easy, and delicious soup that isn’t a tomato or chicken noodle repeat then look no further than this yummy, Indian-inspired coconut milk cauliflower soup.
Coconut Milk Cauliflower Soup
25m prep time
42m cook time
- 1 large head cauliflower
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- pinch red pepper flakes
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 (15 oz) can full fat coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- Preheat oven to 375˚F. Chop cauliflower into small pieces. Place half of the cauliflower on baking sheet and toss with 2 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle red pepper flakes on top. Bake for 22 minutes or until tender. Reserve 1/2 cup of roasted cauliflower.
- In a stockpot combine remaining olive oil with raw cauliflower. Cook on medium for 4 minutes. Add water, coconut milk, turmeric, salt, ginger, garlic powder, pepper, and white pepper to stockpot. Bring to a low boil. Simmer for 18 minutes.
- Add baked cauliflower to soup base. Transfer to blender and pulse until smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. If soup has gotten cold return to stockpot and simmer for 3 minutes to warm up.
- Serve individual bowls of soup with some chopped parsley and reserved roasted cauliflower on top.
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn.