Make this simple soup a full meal by adding 2 cups of chickpeas, and leave it in a chunky purée instead of completely smooth. You can serve this cold or warm. Initially, I wrote the recipe as a cold soup… but I like it warm and cozy with some crusty bread.
Curried Zucchini and Kale Soup
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 3/4 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon fine sea or Himalayan salt
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 cups vegetable broth (you can also use water, although you may want to increase the spices)
3 cups packed, chopped kale
2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk (in the can, not coconut beverage)
Zest of one lime
Salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Lime, for garnish
Freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the spices and ginger, and continue to heat for an additional one to two minutes, until fragrant. Add the zucchini, and stir until coated with spices, then top with vegetable broth. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover, letting cook until the zucchini is tender, about 12 minutes.
Once the zucchini is tender, add the kale, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, until wilted. Remove from heat and using an immersion blender, whizz until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, let the soup cool slightly and purée in batches in a blender or food processor.
Once smooth, add the coconut milk and lime juice, adding salt and pepper to taste. Let come to room temperature and then place in fridge to chill before serving. Garnish with a squeeze of lime juice and cilantro, if desired.