a curious soup: southwest curry chowder

southwestern curry chowder | everybody likes sandwiches

Thank you for such an overwhelming response to my last post. You really know how to make a girl feel special, really. Please have no fear that this site will disappear because it won’t. Most likely new posts will continue at their lackadaisical pace and I feel good about that. I should be making you a cake, but this soup will have to do.

This humble soup is a bit of a mish mash of everything. A little while ago, I made a vegetarian chowder and my soup-hating husband loved it so I wondered if using a couple of potatoes and some frozen corn, I could turn a lentil soup into something akin to chowder. The answer to this, of course, is yes. Red lentils cook down to an almost creamy texture and there’s lots of chowder textures and flavours with the potatoes, carrots and corn. The coconut milk adds a luscious, silky quality.

southwestern curry chowder | everybody likes sandwiches

There’s curry paste which you’d expect in a curried lentil soup but also a curious addition of asian chili garlic sauce and a very southwestern chili powder – yup, like the kind you add in a big Texas chili. This is a very cosmopolitan lentil soup chowder! It might read as a bit of an oddball on paper, but this soup was delicious. It leans more towards the curry flavours than the southwest, but I do like thinking of this as a chowder so I’m sticking with the name. I went back for a second bowl and the husband thought it was quite tasty, so success! The leftovers that I ate today for lunch were, I think, even better. Not bad for such a wacky seeming soup. A definite bright spot for the end of February.

southwestern curry chowder | everybody likes sandwiches

14 comments to “a curious soup: southwest curry chowder”

  1. 1
    Amber Harding   February 26, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Yet again a very delicious recipe! Thanks for sharing this bowl of awesomeness!

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    Michelle   February 26, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Soup is the best. I’ve slowly worked on my not-soup-loving husband to get him to like it. A thick and chunky soup was the key (or adding a lovely side like grilled cheese or garlic naan to a puree style soup).

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    Karen   February 27, 2016 at 3:18 am

    perfect february food! i pretty much live off soup in the winter and this one sounds amazing. definitely one to add to my soup repertoire. thanks!

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    Nathalie   February 27, 2016 at 8:15 am


    I love coconut milk and soups. Still struggling with coconut oil but Ithink it will not be detectable in this meal.
    Thank you for your recipe and inspiration 🙂


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    kickpleat   March 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Amber, thank you! It’s definitely awesome.

    Michelle, what is it about soup-hating husbands? Not a fan.

    Thanks Karen, I hope you try it out.

    Nathalie, it’s a great one. What’s your issue with coconut oil?

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    Jody   March 5, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Made this last night and it was delicious. I was out of chili powder so used 1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper and replaced the curry paste with 1 tablespoon of curry powder + 1 tsp. cumin + 1/4 tsp turmeric. Looking forward to the leftovers tonight!

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    Janice   March 5, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I am home this weekend on a short hiatus from work travel. Fridge is near empty but i saw you had posted a new recipe and i had almost everything on hand to make it. Delish! I was out of Indian curry paste and hesitated … will it be weird with Thai curry paste instead? I took a chance and can report that it was great with the green curry paste I used. I might add a squeeze of lemon to the leftovers before I dig in.

    So so happy you’ve decided to keep gracing us with your blog posts!!

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    Shantanu Sinha   March 6, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    This one definitely going to be added in my one of the soup recipes.
    Thanks for sharing this soup bowl with all of us.

    Keep blogging. 🙂
    Shantanu sinha

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    JessB   March 9, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Yum. I have coconut milk waiting in the pantry for this.

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    kickpleat   March 10, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Jody, I’m so glad you enjoyed this one!

    Oooh, good to know the soup works with a green curry paste, Janice! This soup is clearly versatile 🙂

    Thanks Santanu.

    JessB, it’s always good to have a can waiting for soup!

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    Rocky Mountain Woman   March 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I had coconut curry soup for lunch and it was wonderful. Need to try this one!!!

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    Chirag Dua   March 16, 2016 at 12:10 am

    I never had this curry and didn’t Know about taste and recipe so I will Try this recipe… Thanks for sharing Ingredients and methods to cook..

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    Anne   March 23, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Can’t get enough of recipes with coconut milk… This looks like some soup, thank you!

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    low carb recipes   April 17, 2016 at 8:58 am

    This curry chowder looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

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