Sweet potato and okra soup

By Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The climate is changing, everybody is coughing, everywhere. I m having a very bad ear ache since morning, the pain is unbearable, as soon as i returned from my yoga class, i took 2 panadols and slept for an hour! Rain or shine, pain or gain i have mouths to feed so had to be on my foot, though i made a simple rasam and kootu for lunch today, with this pain, it was like cooking for an army! 
The second day of carribean cuisine, i made yet another soup, just to keep myself warm and feel cozy!
This potato soup, with okra, is cooked with coconut milk, which lends it a sweet taste and an amazing aroma!  I tempered it with coconut oil, which made the flavor more intense. The original recipe again had thyme, kale and used scotch bonnet peppers for the spice. Since i didn't find all these nearby, i went ahead and made the soup with the ingredients i had at hand.
Neverthless the soup tasted delicious, we at home love the flavor of coconut milk, so it was a treat for us.The taste of ginger and pepper which added at the end gives it a nice warm feel. So, if you are in no mood for a detailed meal, but want to eat something interesting,  this soup is definitely a great choice.
Inspired from here
1/2 a sweet potato, peeled and chopped into cubes
1/2 a carrot, peeled and chopped into cubes
a small potato, peeled and chopped into cubes
1 cup chopped okra
2-3 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves 
1 onion, finely chopped
1 tomato, finely chopped (i forgot to add)
1/4 cup black eyed beans, cooked 
1&1/2  green chili , finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1.5 cups of vegetable stock
1/2 tsp freshly pounded pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 tbsp coconut oil
Salt to taste
  • Wash and prep all the vegetables as said above. In wide pan, heat coconut oil, when it is hot, throw in the chopped onion, green chili and garlic. Saute until the onions turn translucent.
  • Next add chopped tomatoes and let it get mushy. Throw in the chopped veggies except okra,  let it sweat for 2-3 minutes. Add stock and black-eyed peas  to this and let it cook for 10-12 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.
  • Now add the okra and let this simmer for another 10 minutes. Finally add the coconut milk. Let it be on heat for 5 minutes, remove from stove, add chopped coriander leaves, pounded pepper and grated ginger. Mix well and serve warm. 

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  1. Now this soup sounds so unique , I have never used Okra in soups . Definitely a filling wholesome soup .

  2. This soup surely is very new and different combination..can never imagine Okra in a soup..Hope you are much better now, do take rest..

  3. Hope you are feeling better now. Soup looks flavorful.

  4. Hope you are feeling better now Priya.
    That soup looks so comforting. Very unusual combination of sweet potato and okra -- will have to try it out some time.

  5. Never had a chance to make soup with okra and this combination is totally very delicious. Take care of u.

  6. Hope you are doing good now, Priya. Okra in soup is definitely a new one for me. But the combination sounds very tempting.

  7. Hope you're feeling better now. Wow, that's a very interesting soup recipe with okra. Does the okra makes the soup slimy?

  8. Okra in soup??????Must try this unique recipe!1

  9. Coconut milk in soup is a tasty choice and i wonder how you decided sweet potato and okra.. So unusual and i would love to give a try!!

  10. Never thought about okra in soup... interesting recipe.

  11. I have never had okra in soup and this sure is pretty innovative. I still have to convince myself to eating okra in soup.

  12. I've not used okra in soup, but this recipe is certainly interesting. Take it from me, the scotch bonnet may have made your ear ache disappear or intensified it.

  13. This is such a daring recipe, I must say. Okra in a soup :O

  14. Okra in soup. Hearing for the first time. Loved it.


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