Mushroom and coconut shobra

Mushroom and coconut shobra

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Spice Kitchen
Serves
4
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

Soups were not traditionally served in India as a first course until the arrival of the British. However, soup-like drinks, both hot and cold, were sometimes served in tumblers throughout the meal. In South India pepper water and rasam (a spicy and acidic soup with tamarind juice as its base, said to be good for digestion) was popular, while in Rajasthan, yoghurt soups were traditionally served. North Indian soups are sometimes called shorba, which can also be another name for a thick sauce or gravy. This shorba – a combination of sweet and hot spices, mushrooms and coconut – is a really nourishing soup. Serve it hot with fresh crusty bread.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
30g salted butter
2 onions, sliced
360g button or cap mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
pinch white pepper
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
1cm cinnamon stick, ground
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, ground
2 green cardamom pods
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
250ml Fresh coconut milk
or canned coconut milk
1 teaspoon Ginger paste
125ml thick cream
4 makrut leaves
1/2-1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Method

  1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Sauté the onion for about 7 minutes, or until translucent. Add the mushrooms, white pepper, fennel, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom pods, coriander and 125 ml of the coconut milk. Cook for 10 minutes over a low heat. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.
  2. Purée the mixture in a food processor or with a hand-held blender. Return the purée to the saucepan, and stir through the remaining coconut milk, the ginger paste, cream and makrut leaves. Cook over a medium heat for about 6 minutes, or until the soup is heated through. Add the salt and serve hot.
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