Green, Green Pea Soup with Ginger and Cilantro

green pea soup with ginger and cilantro

Mint is the pea's customary aromatic companion, but this bright green soup is scented with ginger and cilantro instead for a delicate, unexpected lift. And that swirl of creamy-rich coconut milk boosts the yumminess even higher. If you have access to fabulous fresh peas, use them, of course -- but the frozen ones are easy, good, and reliable (even if they're a bit of a cheat to seasonal eating).

Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: Serves 4


    2 tablespoons butter
    1 smallish yellow onion, chopped
    1 teaspoon each finely chopped ginger and garlic
    kosher salt
    3 large sprigs cilantro (plus more for garnish)
    1 fist-sized potato, peeled and diced
    1 quart chicken broth
    1 16-ounce bag of frozen petite peas
    1 cup coconut milk, shaken (plus more for drizzling)


  1. Heat the butter in a soup pot over medium-low heat and sauté the onion, ginger, and garlic until the onion is just getting translucent, around 3 minutes. Add the cilantro, potato, and broth, bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the potato is tender, around 20 minutes.
  2. Add the peas and cook for another 6 or 7 minutes, until the peas are bright green and tender, then stir in the coconut milk (save a few whole peas for garnish, if you like).
  3. Puree the soup with a stick blender or in batches, very carefully, in a blender (for a silky-smooth texture, you can pass it through a food mill). Taste the soup for salt and serve, garnished with the reserved peas, a few cilantro leaves and a drizzle of coconut milk.

See all recipes from Catherine Newman's "Dalai Mama Dishes" blog.

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