Vegan Cream of Roasted Broccoflower & Garlic Soup

by Kiran on February 24, 2012 · 103 comments

in Soups, Vegan, Vegetarian

Happy Friday <3

I hope you are having more fun, now that weekend is here for many.

It’s the reverse for me because this weekend is gonna be all about chores. I hate chores so much, it’s loathing.

And I am hoping, it’s not only me? The worst is doing laundry and emptying the dishwasher.

Some days, I am super productive. You won’t find me sitting around aimlessly, doing nothing. But there are days where I almost wish to curl up in a ball and just watch reruns of my favorite sitcom.

It’s a sitcom about 6 people, paleontology, fashion & more. Can you guess?

I think I gave away too many tips. Huh, generosity fails me all the time.

So in order to fullfil the “curling into a ball” requirement, rustling up simple & comforting foods is almost a necessity.

Take this soup for an example. Throw in some chopped broccoflower and whole head of garlic to roast in the oven.

Watch an episode of your favorite tv show.

Hit pause, get your booty into the kitchen and finish preparing this soup.

Throw a few slices of whole wheat bread in the toaster, whirl up soup into a blender, sprinkle on necessary spices and lunch is served!

Now, the only excuse NOT to make a simple lunch like this has only one explanation — lazyness. Or the need for a maid.

Well, I’d love to believe we all need a maid in our lives. Half of the time spent is cleaning the kitchen.

Before, during and after.

My hands are begging for serious attention.

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  • 1 medium head of broccoflower, cauliflower or broccoli – chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, halved
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2.5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1.5 to 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • optional: a squeeze of lemon juice.


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Place halved whole garlic head in another small piece of foil. Drizzle some coconut oil and a pinch of salt. Wrap foil.
  3. In a bowl, add chopped broccoflower, some coconut oil + salt. Mix to coat and dump it all in the prepared foil on baking sheet.
  4. Place garlic foil in the same baking sheet (corner) to roast with broccoflower for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove broccoflower to cool. Continue roasting garlic for additional 20 minutes.
  6. Allow broccoflower and garlic to cool before blending.
  7. Add 2 tbsp of roasted garlic + roasted broccoflower + coconut milk into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  8. Top cream of roasted broccoflower & garlic soup with tempered spices & lemon juice, before serving.

Optional: Add lemon juice if needed.

For tempering spices:

  1. In a small nonstick pan, heat remaining coconut oil on medium low. Add mustard seed and allow to sputter for a minute.
  2. Remove pan from heat, add coriander, cumin and chili powder.


Off to continue sulking as the weekend is looming and the chances of escaping chores seems nearly impossible now 🙁

What is your favorite tv show and which chore(s) do you dislike the most?


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1 the wicked noodle February 24, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I don’t like washing dishes or cleaning bathrooms. But washing dishes might be worth it to have some of your delicious soup! I love that it has coconut milk in it!
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2 Kiran February 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Kristy — haha! thanks sweetie 🙂

3 Rosa February 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I hate chores too… 😉

That soup looks and sounds amazing!



4 Kiran February 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Rosa — I am glad! I thought I was being miserable on my own 😉

5 Harsha February 24, 2012 at 9:22 PM

I love these captures, as always! 😀 More than anything, your presentation wants me to try the recipe 🙂 And I never like doing chores! But it’s a different case when we are left with no choice. 😛
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6 Kiran February 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Harsha — thanks sweetie! I agree with you on chores. Its painful 😀

7 Rose from Magpie's Recipes February 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Lovee you photos and that lovely speckled mug & spoon! What a coincide its cauliflower soup currently on my blog too 🙂 Love your coconut milk version. Must try it!
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8 Kiran February 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Rose — I guess, great minds think alike? I’d love to believe that fact 😉

9 Baker Street February 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM

The soup looks so delicious. Gorgeous clicks as ever K!

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10 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Anu — thanks a lot sweetie 🙂

11 Seema February 25, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Delicious,healthy and fresh….love it

12 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Seema — thanks a lot for commenting dear. I have been super busy. Catching up soon, I promise 🙂

13 Simply Life February 25, 2012 at 7:24 AM

oh my gosh, I LOVE all of these pictures! seriously, I feel like you should frame them in your house somewhere! gorgeous!
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14 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Gina — thank you so much sweetie 🙂

15 Ina gawne February 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Such gorgeous pictures! A mighty tasty looking soup too!

16 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Ina — thanks a lot dear 🙂

17 Asmita February 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Wow, kiran
The soup looks yummy! Love that you have added coconut milk to it. Must be so flavorful.
The photographs are stunning. I agree with simply life.. you should frame them. Absolutely gorgeous clicks!!!
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18 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Asmita — thanks a lot sweetie — you both made my day! 🙂

19 Magic of Spice February 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I prefer to avoid chores 🙂 This soup looks absolutely delicious! I want it for breakfast 🙂
Hope you have a great weekend sweetie…with very few chores 🙂
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20 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Magic of Spice — thanks! But my weekend was filled with unavoidable chores. Sigh. That’s life 😀

21 Katherine Martinelli February 25, 2012 at 1:54 PM

This soup looks just wonderful! And I hear you, I hate chores too! My husband and I did a huge load of laundry this morning and he did the dishes. Of course somehow our hamper is already half full and so is our sink 😉 I also love Friends! But my absolute favorite show right now is Downton Abbey – I can’t get enough!
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22 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Katherine — thanks a lot dear! You got me curious about Downton Abbey 😉

23 Hotly Spiced February 25, 2012 at 8:35 PM

What beautiful images Kiran. That soup looks very tempting. I would have to agree with you that laundry is definitely my most hated chore. And it’s something I seem to have to do everyday. If it’s not time to do the sheets, it’s time to do the bath-towels and then the beach towels and then the school uniforms and then the everyday stuff that just keeps coming. Relentless! Oh to sit in front of my favourite sitcom and not worry about what is piling up in the laundry!
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24 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Charlie — laundry keeps on piling, endlessly!! So nightmarish.

25 Rebecca February 25, 2012 at 10:33 PM

great soup and pretty pictures 🙂 i am hooked on downton abby

do you work?
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26 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Rebecca — What am I missing?! Never knew about Downton Abby! And no, I don’t work. Only a few freelancing here and there 🙂

27 Rachel @ Bakerita February 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM

This looks too good. I’m obsessed with roasted garlic and I’ve been wanting to try broccoflower. I’ll definitely be trying this soon!
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28 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Rachel — thanks dear. Do let me know how it tastes 🙂

29 Sara {OneTribeGourmet} February 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM

Soup sounds & looks so delicious! Lovely photos!

30 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 1:11 AM

Sara — thanks sweetie 🙂

31 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM

A super comforting and delicious soup! Love that photo of garlic and spices.
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32 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Angie — thanks a lot dear 🙂

33 Nava Krishnan February 26, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Thank you Kiran for another veg recipe and yes, I need it for I am like running out of ideas on what to cook for myself. This yummy soup will be my perfect dinner bc I prefer something healthy and filling for my tummy.

As much I hate the weekend chores, I don’t have a choice but to move on with the laundry and the rest bc thats the way it is.

34 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Nava — you are so welcome! and I hate to agree about the chores, but that’s the truth.

35 Reem | Simply Reem February 26, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Kiran I have to say that this soup can convert my husband to a cauliflower lover… LOL
Really nice recipe….
I hate each n every chores, who likes them. Yes we all do them but no one like them… RIGHT. LOL

36 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Reem — thanks dear, let me know when he converts 😉

37 Namitha February 26, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I hate chores too ! It may be weird, I hate dishwashers mostly because of the time I take to load and unload the stuff,so mostly I end up doing the dishes myself 🙂
This sounds like a great soup,and yes I love roasted garlic !
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38 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Namitha — I totally agree about the loading and unloading. This is the main reason why I refuse to do dishes, twice! 😀

39 Khushboo February 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Unloading the dishwasher is one of the few chores I’m okay with doing…as for ironing, sign me up for a maid please! My top 4 shows would have to be FRIENDS, Sex & The City, Modern Family and Big Bang Theory…I’ve literally been watching reruns of BBT all day…love lazy Sundays :)! Hope your weekend was productive, Kiran!
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40 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Khushboo — it was productive with chores. Le sigh.

41 Gourmantine February 26, 2012 at 3:06 PM

I absolutely loathe chores too, mostly ironing… and cleaning… I just usually put on some funny movie to watch!
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42 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Gourmantine — ditto!!!

43 Kristi Rimkus February 26, 2012 at 3:09 PM

We started doing the majority of our weekend chores on Thursday night after work as a team. It works great, and now we get more time to do what we like on the weekends. I have everything I need to make this. Can’t wait to give it a try. 🙂
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44 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Kristi — I love your approach and usually work the same way, but we had some heavy workload over the week and hence, weekend was the only choice 🙂

45 Cass @foodmyfriend February 26, 2012 at 8:57 PM

This looks so beautiful!!!!!! All of your photos are perfect. A lady I work with made a cream of broccoli soup and it was amazing. She wouldn’t give me the recipe. i bet yours is better! I’m getting a big bag this afternoon and getting back into the kitchen for round 2 of the perfect cream of broccoli soup!
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46 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Cass — thanks dear. Let me know how it tastes. God, why can’t people just share recipes? So darn rude in my opinion 😉

47 Ira Rodrigues February 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM

i like cauliflower *slight creamy, but after understanding your recipe, it engage very interesting spices, would love to try it!
i love your cup and spoon-cute! the setting totally perfect 😉
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48 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Ira — thanks, but nothing compares to your food photography 🙂

49 Richa@HobbyandMore February 27, 2012 at 1:09 AM

gorgeous clicks that broccoflower sitting in the bucket.. i love creamy soups and it is still in the 30s here .. so soup season continues!
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50 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Richa — thanks dear!

51 myfudo February 27, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try. Two of my most favorite veggies (in flavor and appearance)I’d be using both! in 1 dish. Yummy!
Hugs! =)
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52 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM

MyFudo — thanks sweetie! Do try and let me know how it tastes! Hugs 🙂

53 Margarita February 27, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Broccoli and garlic… This looks delicious! I hear you, my knuckles bleed when I crack them because my skin has gotten so dry from doing dishes all the time. Oh, the things we do for the love of food.
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54 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Margarita — I know, the lengths we go for food!

55 Deeps @ Naughty Curry February 27, 2012 at 3:10 AM

broccoflower? what is it.. looks like a cross between brocolli & cauli? never heard of it.. love that pale green, so much more prettier than brocolli. love the speckled mug with matching spoon.. ultra cute! 🙂
btw, my fav tv show these days is outsourced. simpsons & coupling comes a close second. who likes chores? if there is even one such person they must be outa their mind!
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56 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Deeps — it’s a cross between broccoli & cauliflower. In the States, they grow quite a few of cross-growth veggies (I hope that made sense). I love outsourced too 🙂

57 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 27, 2012 at 4:27 AM

I know the show you’re talking about and I like it too! 😀 I’m obsessed with tv and there are so many shows that I’d love to watch while with a bowl of soup!
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58 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Lorraine — I share the same excitement! 😀

59 Storm February 27, 2012 at 6:42 AM

My current fav show is The Good wife.
And i hate hate hate doing the dishes 😛

60 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Storm — ditto about dishes. Loathe it 😀

61 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake February 27, 2012 at 8:06 AM

I hate doing the dishes too! Mum does them when I’m home but at my boyfriend’s house, I do them. 🙁 It’s ok though since he makes me delicious food to eat. 😀

Your photos are so pretty!! Love the colours of the mug and spoon.

62 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Jenny — your boyfriend is a keeper 😉

63 chinmayie @ love food eat February 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Sounds really tasty with a hint of Indian spices.
I love your sparkly little soup mug. Beautiful styling too!
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64 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Chinmayie — thanks dear 🙂

65 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb February 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM

The soup looks yumm!

u dont like emtying the dishwasher? I wish I had one and that was the only chore. when its about cleaning then I hate to sweep the floor. u know those indian brooms right? they r back breaking…

I would never hire a maid even thugh we could, lots of ladies here looking for a job as such. I just feel that maids are not very clean and hygenic and my house shouldnt be treated like crap.
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66 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Helene — I don’t like doing the same chore twice. What to say 😉 And I concur, those brooms are truly back breaking.

67 Vicky February 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

This soup sounds delicious. I’ve never made a non Asian flavored soup using coconut milk! Am curious to see how it tastes.

68 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Vicky — thanks dear. Coconut milk has so much use and you’d be surprise how well it tastes in this recipe 🙂

69 kankana February 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I am craving for soup today and this sounds so yum! Love the props you used 🙂
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70 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Kankana — thanks sweetie 🙂

71 Andi at The Particular Travleer February 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

There’s nothing better than a lovely soup on a cold winter’s day. I am LOVING all of your great vegetarian/vegan recipes!

The dishwasher is my nemesis as well, but thankfully I can usually talk my husband into emptying it 🙂

72 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Andi — thanks a lot dear. Our husbands are definitely keepers 😉

73 Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} February 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Whoooaaaa Kiran! I adore that roasted garlic picture! I would bathe in garlic! Mmmmm! Love love your soup! Sounds so hearty and warming!
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74 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Katie — thanks sweetie! I share the same enthusiasm towards garlic, but not sure if I could muster enough guts to bathe in it 😉

75 Nami | Just One Cookbook February 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Ugh chores. The worst part of let’s say doing laundry is that by the time I’m done with folding, there are mountains of laundry ready to be washed. I change kids clothes 3 times a day. After school, then home clothes, and PJ… is it too much? I think I’m the one who’s killing myself! Anyway I never feel I’m done with chores. Sigh! Meanwhile I loooove your soup! I tried to pin this but Pinterest seems to be not working. I’ll have to come back and pin again before I forget! Looks really delicious and will try it one day!
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76 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Nami — I feel the same exact way about chores. Its never ending! Aaahhh!!! Thanks for pinning this recipe, Nami 🙂

77 Jennifer (Delicieux) February 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Ugh, I hate chores too, but can never seem to relax properly until they are done. I’d love a bowl of this soup to relax with after everything is clean, or even while watching tv. It looks and sounds amazing, and that photo of the roasted garlic is absolutely stunning!!!
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78 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Jennifer — thanks sweetie 🙂

79 Tadka Pasta February 27, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Mmm..looks thick and delicious! Beautiful pictures too! Cheddar-broccoli is my daughter’s favorite soup, and I’m going to try this to see if she likes it.
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80 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Tadka Pasta — let me know if your daughter likes this soup 🙂

81 lynn @ the actor's diet February 27, 2012 at 8:53 PM

my husband loves coconut and cauliflower but says soup isn’t his thing – i bet he’ll love this one!
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82 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Lynn — I hope so too! Let me know of the verdict 😉

83 Sanjeeta kk February 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM

I doubt if I have a cup and spoon like the one in your picture, I will ever use them..lovely props and such wonderful click, Kiran! Love the creamy and filling soup.
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84 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Sanjeeta — thanks sweetie 🙂

85 Nash at Plateful February 28, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Love, love, love all your pictures, props (especially the speckled spoon & mug), and the soup. I’m brimming with ♥, thanks to you!
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86 Kiran February 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Nash — aww…. that’s so sweet! Thank you <3

87 easyfoodsmith February 28, 2012 at 2:22 AM

OMG Kiran! I can’t wait to try this soup. Not only does it look tempting but also high on flavours.
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88 Kiran March 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM

EasyFoodSmith — thanks dear, let me know how it tastes 🙂

89 Sonia February 28, 2012 at 5:10 AM

Beautiful presentation!
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90 Kiran March 1, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Sonia — welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliment 🙂

91 Parsley Sage February 28, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Be thankful you HAVE a dishwasher 😉

Brilliant soup! That picture of the roasted garlic had me drooling!
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92 Kiran March 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Parsley Sage — Sure & thanks! 😉

93 Divya Yadava February 28, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Love your pictures and props – so gorgeously styled, Kiran. Awesome recipe too – not just healthy, but got some delicious flavours…
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94 Kiran March 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Divya — thanks sweetie 🙂

95 ea-the spicy rd March 1, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Mmm…Super yummy soup and I love your photos too. I’m craving a big bowl right now! So many fave tv shows, but as of late, I’ve been watching a lot of Merlin with my kids and hubby. And, even though I usually miss it, I really enjoy Modern Family. Least fave chore might be a tie b/w folding laundry and cleaning up the dog poop!

96 Sophie March 5, 2012 at 6:58 AM

What a divine, tasty & comforting good-for-you soup! Yummy too!
The souop looks heavenly!
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97 Katie March 6, 2012 at 10:17 AM

MMM this looks and sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to give it a try!
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98 alexa March 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I’ve been looking for an easy souprecipe! I can’t wait to try this!
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99 Harini March 8, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Absolutely luscious photographs! I wish I could pick up that cup and start eating right away. 🙂 I like that you added tadka! Gives it a very Indian touch and must have added lots of flavour too!

100 Michele November 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

This looks great! Are you using canned coconut milk or the kind in the carton?

101 Joye May 13, 2013 at 7:46 AM


This recipe sounds yummy and I am anxious to make it, but I am not sure what kind of coconut milk to use. Do you mean the kind in the can or the one that is a dairy milk substitute?


102 Jennifer Heilner May 3, 2014 at 10:02 PM

This was delicious. I am just dipping my toes into vegan recipes and I loved this soup. I added dried Thai peppers along with the spices, and if you are a spice lover it was perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

103 Antoinette August 1, 2015 at 1:11 PM

What a beautiful presentation I cant wait to give this recipe a try

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