Spicy sweetcorn soup

Spicy sweetcorn soup

Eat Right For Your Body Type
Lisa Linder

This is a wonderful soup which is creamy and delicious, and good for all the doshas (although pitta should leave out the chilli). The garnish is optional but does add some great texture to the soup. Serve with baked tortilla chips for kapha, as it is or with some bread for pitta and vata. Pitta should balance out the spices by avoiding eating heating foods for the rest of the day.


Quantity Ingredient
1/2 tablespoon ghee
or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
16g fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
1-2 green chillies, pierced with the tip of a knife
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2-1 teaspoon garam masala
4 sweetcorn cobs, corn cut off with a serrated knife, handful reserved for garnish
handful fresh coriander, chopped, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick saucepan. Add the onions and cook until soft and golden brown at the edges. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli and cook, stirring, for 40 seconds. Add all the spices and salt, give the pan a good second stir, then add all but the reserved handful of sweetcorn (if you are making the garnish). Pour in enough water to come 4 cm above the corn, add the bare cobs for extra flavour, bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the corn is tender crisp, around 15–20 minutes. Remove the cobs.
  2. Take off the heat and blend into a smooth soup. Pass through a sieve to remove any unprocessed corn skins. Adjust the water content for a creamy soup, adjust the seasoning, bring back to a boil and serve garnished with the fresh coriander or the corn garnish below.
  3. For optional garnish: add 1 teaspoon of oil to a small, non-stick saucepan. Add 1⁄2 teaspoon of cumin seeds and once they sizzle, add the reserved corn and half a red pepper, chopped. Sauté, until crisp tender, around 7–9 minutes. Add the coriander.
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