Carrot, Coconut, and Ginger Soup with Cilantro Sambal

Carrot, Coconut and Ginger image
Laura Edwards
  • Yield: 4 servings

Coconuts are simple to crack open, but can also be bought already prepared in supermarkets. If using a whole coconut, prepare it by piercing the three eyes with a skewer, and drain out the liquid. Then, wrap it in a towel, place on a hard surface, such as the floor (or take it outside), and give it a firm blow with a hammer to crack it open. Use a spoon to gently lift the flesh away from the harder exterior and remove the brown skin using a potato peeler if desired.


1 1/4cups fresh coconut, grated
1/2teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2teaspoon coriander seeds
2 shallots, diced
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
5tablespoons ginger, peeled and grated
1/2teaspoon chili flakes
1/2tablespoon coconut oil
1 1/2pounds carrots
3cups vegetable or chicken stock
For the Cilantro Sambal
2cups cilantro, coarsely chopped
1/3cup grated fresh coconut
1tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated
1 green chili, seeded and coarsely chopped
Juice of one lime
Salt and pepper


  1. Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a small frying pan for about 2 minutes, then grind in a mortar and pestle.
  2. Sauté the shallots, garlic, ginger, chile flakes, and ground spices in the coconut oil and 1 tablespoon water for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a splash of water if the mixture sticks to the pan.
  3. Add the carrots, fresh coconut, and stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes until the carrots are soft.
  4. To make the sambal, place the cilantro, grated coconut, ginger, and chile into a mini food processor and pulse to a coarse, dry paste. Stir in the lime juice and season to taste.
  5. When the soup is ready, blend until smooth, season and serve topped with the sambal.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Skinny Soups: 80 Flavour-Packed Recipes of Less Than 300 Calories © 2017 by Kathyrn Bruton, Kyle Books.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 227
  • Fat 14g
  • Saturated Fat 11g
  • Sodium 0.2g
  • Carbohydrate 17.1g
  • Fiber 10.9g
  • Sugars 13.4g
  • Protein 3.1g