Thursday, August 15, 2013

THAI COCONUT CURRY SOUP- Spicy topped with NOODLES - 50th post and Giveaway/gift

                                         Yes, it's my 50th post and I can't believe I made it this far.

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These last 3 months have been beyond what I could ask for. You being a huge part of it. Can you imagine that you work so hard on your recipe, your writing, your pictures, and you see 3 views? That sucks big time. I also saw that those views were mom's, my teen's and mine.

I remember when I was overwhelmed at the very thought and process of creating a blog. There were questions like 'Honey,  how can I make this picture bigger' to 'Nik, can you please teach me how to add links'. They seem simple right, but too much for me then. Technical details seemed to pass through me without touching me.


The thrill when I got the first comment (apart from my baby boy) is indescribable. The first like on my facebook page by a big blogger
Rosa from Yummy Yum Yum was an awesome day.

The pictures constantly getting rejected from Foodgawker and Tastespotting is not fun..In fact I have a whole post planned up for listing all possible rejections:).

But time goes on, and soon you see more views and more comments. Next thing you know, you feel you are a part of the blogging world!

do feel very blessed to be doing what I enjoy, and the hard work gets paid off when I read comments. Even more precious are the friends I've made in the process.

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 One thing,thank GOD, that I have  control of is the FOOD,  and photography is fun.  I have a long way, a really long learning way to go in both.

What I've got a kick out of is, showing off to my hubby, who thought I would give up after a week and blaming it on him:). Oh, well,  I've given him reasons to believe that.  Have I mentioned how much I HATE COMPUTERS..?? Wow,it's hard to believe that I didn't until now!


It's quite rewarding, fun and challenging.  I have met a lot of fellow bloggers, chatted with some very cool nice people(you know who you are and thanks), exchanged comments with many and bullied by some(not the fun part). I do think and I hope I am motivated enough to stay this positive for a long time...Thanks for all the support you show this blog and to me. HUGS.

To  this amazing simple Thai COCONUT CURRY SOUP, a combination of Thai and Indian flavors. My friend, who is a great cook, makes some of the best Maharashtrian  meat dishes.  This is her version which we all love.  I've just made slight changes to her recipe to make mine a vegetarian version and combined some thai flavors.

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Now, that said, I am on my 50th post, yay!

 I want to give away a gift to one of you, my friends. This is not a sponsored product.  I have one of this, I've used it in parties, and love it. I hope you like what I chose for you.







All you have to do is share your thoughts/comments and make sure your link is present. If you like what you see on my page, please do subscribe and like my fb page(not necessary for the giveaway). We will chose 1 lucky winner and announce exactly who it is two weeks from now.  You can comment on this post until August 27th and it is only for US residents( sorry non-residents).  
It is a beautiful painters palette serving platter 16", porcelain, which will look beautiful for your desserts or appetizers. 


THAI COCONUT CURRY SOUP

Ingredients:

Grind to a powder:

1 tsp of white poppy seeds
1 tsp of seasame seeds
2 tbsp of cashewnuts
1/2 tsp of cumin seeds

Grind all of the above to a fine powder.


For the Soup:


2 cans of light coconut milk(2 cups of fresh coconut milk)

3 cups of vegetable stock(home made is the best,but some of the carton one's are great too)
1 inch ginger 
4 cloves garlic
3 green thai chilies(accordingly)
3 green onions
1 stick lemon grass
2 kaffir lime leaves
2 bay leaves
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp salt or to your taste
1 tsp sugar(optional)
handful of chopped cilantro/coriander leaves
2 cups of boiled whole wheat noodles or rice noodles
raisins to add in last(optional)

Method:


1. In a large heavy pot, add oil and let it get hot. Add bay leaves,ginger and garlic and fry on low heat.  Crush the lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves and add it to the pot.  Fry for a minute.

2. Add slit green chilies and chopped green onions and the vegetable stock.  Cover the lid bring the stock to a boil and then simmer it for 20 minutes.  
3. Add the coconut milk and the ground powder  and bring it to a boil with salt as required.  
4. Pass the whole soup through a sieve so you will get a smooth soup. Bring the soup again to a boil till it reaches a good consistency.
5. Serve with boiled whole wheat noodles or rice noodles. 
ENJOY!!

Note:

You could use shredded chicken to it.

You could use chicken stock too, tastes really good.
You could add fish sauce instead of salt.
This goes very well with some steamed rice too.

55 comments:

indugetscooking said...

Congrats and great going!
Love Thai food and the pics of that soup have got me drooling!

Priya Anandakumar said...

Congrats dear, great job....
Lovely soup, I love Thai food and your soup looks stunning. Very beautiful clicks...

Rekha Vengalil said...

I am in love with those plates... :-) Brilliant photography. Thai is one of my favorite and this is a soup I like much. That reminds me I haven't done any thai for long time now.

Nilu A said...

Congrats dear... You rock... Looking forward to more awesome recipes from you.. Yum! Loved this soup... Thanks for sharing Asha

Pooja Agrawal said...

Congrats Asha...Lovely Pics and delicious soup...

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

Well this comment is definitely not directed with a hope to win the giveaway...but Asha, trust me..take my word. ..ur pictures are much class snd professional than many of us including me..who has been in here for years !!! I just love the way you group thing s together. Gorgeous presentation always. Congrats on ur 50th post. .I know many celebrate it for their 300..500 th post...1000 likes on fb..but I can very much associate s lot with what you have written. And ..hey ! I have that very same palette platter. .which I won..again ..for a competition :)

Dixya said...

congratulations Asha. I am so glad I met you through the blog. Your photography and writing is always a pleasure to read. this soup is a perfect way to enjoy a rainy day.

baker in disguise said...

Awww.. I should share this with you.. when I first started blogging, there would be days when there were no hits.. so I would actually go on the site just to record a hit!! :)) but look at you.. I cant believe you've just been doing this for less than 6 months.. the quality of your posts as well as photographs is fantastic!! All the best and look forward to much more!!

Shema | LifeScoops said...

Congrats dear... Keep going
BTW - those plates are gorgeous, lovely clicks too....and of course a great recipe again!!!

Angie Schneider said...

The soup looks droolworthy! I love your photography...great composition!

rika@veganmiam.com said...

I am in love with your dinnerware (patterned and turquoise). Looks so divine against the rustic dark wood. Yes, I know what you mean by starting a blog, it can be quite overwhelming, but once you connect with other bloggers, you are already in love with it. Congrats on the 50th post, I wish I can be one of your first commenters! That sounds like a lovely giveaway and I'm a U.S. resident, too ;) I love your Thai coconut curry soups, miam miam, I bet that will go well with my vegan fish sauce.

Shibi Thomas said...

Congrats Asha!!! It is a heart felt post and I liked your honesty towards Computers :) Loved the blue plates.

Honestly I didn't know that you started the blog this year. Your pictures are stunning and you style like a pro...no kidding, I thought you've been in the blogsphere for years!!!!

Liz Berg said...

Congratulations on your 50th post! Your blog is wonderful and your photos are so lovely and artistic (mine were still blurry by #50 :/). I actually have a similar tray, so I won't enter your giveaway...but it's a wonderful prize!

Rajbansi Deokar said...

Congrats Asha! I'm so proud of you dear....keep up the great work. We are looking forward to see more posts in future! Luv luv luv your presentation!

Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen said...

Congratulations, Asha! It does seem strange to look back and see how far we have come in six months, huh? Still, we strive to be even better. Again, I just adore your blog, photography and style. Just pinned your Coconut Curry Soup to a lovely group board at Pinterest. So happy to support you, girl! May all your hopes and dreams come true. Meanwhile, have a fabulous summer weekend!

Shashi Charles said...

Oh Woa- Asha these pictures are so so fantastic! WOW!
Congrats to you on your 50th post - seems like we started around the same time, I haven't made it 3 months just yet. This coconut milk soup looks so great.
I hope you don't loose your motivation to keep posting - Yours is one of my inspiration blogs :)

Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

Coffee and Crumpets said...

Congrats Asha!! Great achievement indeed my friend. It's hard work but definitely worth meeting all the new friends.
Soup looks lovely, love all the Thai and Indian flavours and love your beautiful photos.

Nazneen xx

Chitrangada said...

Congratulation...the soup looks awesome, and I can get all those aroma of lemongrass and kaffir lime from your tempting pics. Happy blogging.

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

Your intro reminds me of my start in the blogging world. Oh hell broke lose! Pictures were ugly, don't know what to write for an intro, language mistakes etc etc.

Well, for me it was a learning curve all by myself. I am still trying to improve and for the time, happy with meeting many fellow bloggers.

Congrats for coming so far, of course your pictures are simply stunning.

My Thai soup is very simple and I see lots of flavors into this you made. Adore the creamy and lovely splatter of taste in the soup.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Blogging is wonderful isn't it? I love it and I get so thrilled when a comment pops into my dashboard. The soup looks fantastic! :D

Cristina said...

Blogging, especially food blogging is really a labour of love and a great outlet. You have a beautiful blog and your images are gorgeous.

Bullied...you have people bullying you online? :(

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thanks for showing all the love. Some of the sweetest comments.

Asha Shivakumar said...

@Sona, that is such a sweet thing to say.

Asha Shivakumar said...

@ Christina-thanks for the support, but some anonymous people can get annoying..but ignoring does help.

Monica said...

It's surprising to me that you had trouble with the technology end and in figuring out blogging. Your blog is very professional and clearly, you've put a lot of work into it. I hope it brings you joy for years to come. The food looks great and that painters palette platter is too adorable! I have a problem with stopping myself from buying cute things. Luckily, I have too little room to hoard anything! xo

Treatntrick Treat and Trick said...

Congratulations dear! Within short span of time, you've have gained quite a number of fans. All this due to your quality post and fantastic photography. Well presented and fabulous soup!

eatgood4life.blogspot.com said...

OMG I am so glad that you commented on my blog. I love yours. You have amazing recipes, what a gold mine I have just discovered. Your pictures and recipes are unreal. I love the back wooden boards you use. You must tell me where you get them or how you make them :-) I am pinning away a bunch of recipe from here right now :-) By the way I love Thai soup. I could eat anything Thai every day all day. That is how much I love Thai food.

Honey said...

Very nice. Congrats! Your photography is awesome... love this Coconut Soup! :)

Archana@FeedingTheFoodie said...

Congratulations on the 50th post. That's quiet a feat in 3 months! Impressive. Being the new kid on the block can be nerve wracking - I'm there right now :)

מעין said...

What brought me in are actually the beautiful dishes on Tastespotting, but I stayed for the recipes. Happy 50!

SissiHope said...

Gorgeous pics =)

xoxo <3

http://sissihope.blogspot.com

Vicki Bensinger said...

I've never made or tried this soup but have always heard how delicious it is. Thank you for sharing your recipe, I will be sure to try it. It looks wonderful.

Helene Dsouza said...

Such a scrumptious coconut soup Ash!
OH I think so we all have been there at the beginning. I believe you have learned quickly and you are already a great food blogger to look out for. ;)

Asha Shivakumar said...

Oh, thank you again for your kind words, means a lot..

sangeetha pn said...

Congrats on reaching the 50th post.. Way to go.. Loved your presentation.. :) All your clicks too are awesome.. :) Good recipe too..

Kitchen Riffs said...

Congrats on your 50th post! And you're celebrating with a really nice recipe - this soup looks so tasty. Love the flavors of this. Good stuff - thanks.

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Congrats on the milestone! Your photography is so beautiful :)

I can definitely relate to the challenges in the blogging world. But you are doing a great job so far. Keep it up!

Love Thai food. Way too much :D

Marcie FlavortheMoments said...

You know, I'm very surprised to find out that you're so new at this, because your photos are always gorgeous, your recipes elegant, and your writing is phenomenal. I enjoy reading your posts very much. You're very good at this blogging thing, and happy 50th post!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Congrats on the 50th post! I don't believe you get rejection from FG/TS! No way, your pictures are gorgeous! I sort of give up and move on to next post when my pictures don't get accepted. I fix and resubmit but they still reject sometimes. :( Enjoy what you do! You make delicious meals and your photography is amazing. :) Love this thai coconut curry soup! So comforting...

Asha Shivakumar said...

Oh dear, thank you so much for your motivating words.
For now, I'm loving this, so much fun..

Natasha @ The Cake Merchant said...

Congrats on your 50th post! Your photos are just beautiful!

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You said...

Thai is one of my two favorite Asian cuisines...You made me hungry, Ash! I so want to eat this Thai curry noodles soup today. It looks so comforting...

Free Spirit Eater said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I'm a big fan of coconut milk. Love the photos too! =]

Daniela Grimburg said...

Congrats Asha for the 50th anniversary and for your wonderful blog!
I enjoy everything- the recip es,your writing and last not least your gorgeous pictures.
The Thai soup is a must try :)

Nancy/SpicieFoodie said...

Congratulations Ash! Before you know you'll be at 500 post. The soup looks amazing!

valentina maria kenney wein said...

Your food & photography is truly beautiful -- you're already at the top! I love all of this, too. :-) As we move into the fall months, I want to cook soup all the time, and this one looks so rich and delicious.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

Happy 50th post! I always love your post and your photos so keep them coming! :) Also I can't wait for your rejections post, I could sure share some stories there too.. :P

Asmita said...

Congrats! This is such a gorgeous soup! Looking at our pictures is making me so hungry!

dassana said...

Beautiful... loved your blue soup plates.

ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com said...

Congratulations Asha. Frankly speaking you are an excellent blogger and writer. Keep it up and cheers!

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said...

You know Asha, I'm not commenting just coz of your giveaway (which looks very exciting by the way), but your post literally spoke my heart out. Regarding the earlier days of blogging and the rejections and the 'hardly getting any views' dilemma. I sometimes still face it and then I go into hiding for a couple of weeks to get my mind rested, until I decide what to post or how to write my next post.

Your blog and pictures are exceptional and looks very professional. You should be so proud of yourself.

I wanted to do a similar thing when i crossed my 100th post, but for some reason just wanted in the mood. But I'm soooooo happy for your 50th post and it looks so darn gorgeous and yumm...guess I've spoken too much now :-) Congrats and have a lovely giveaway...

psst, i hope i win :-P Lol!

Love,
Manju

Swathi Iyer said...

I love your thai curry soup. Don't worry about photo rejection, They does always, I don't mind. You have to take blogging as passion, not worry about people. I have made few friends in the blogging friends, whom I can trust and call at any time for help. I don't fit into any group. But not worry about that.
So congrats on 50th post, keep blog, your work will take you to where you want.
By the way the plate is also beautiful.

foody buddy said...

congrats..love thai soup..looks so good...nice presentation

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lipsmackingly good! I love Thai food and such soups.

Cheers,

Rosa

Rahul Shetty said...

love the colors in the picture , as I recently started food blog I'm curious how the pic was created , Hope I get these Results one day ;), Great work.

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