Wednesday, September 12, 2012

green curry corn chowder

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there is nothing better than a steaming bowl of soup after coming back from a fall hike.
once we enter into the Fall and Winter months Justin and I have soup at least twice a week - quick, easy and delish. plus we are usually left with a couple bowls worth for lunch the following day.

i have been making corn chowder since we have been together - it was one of the first "go to meals" I learned to make when we started living together. every now and then i like to put a new spin on our classic corn chowder. the building blocks of the classic are still found here but also tucked away are a few additional flavors that bring this soup from humble to incredible.

lately, corn has been a daily part of our lives - for the past 4 weeks our csa has included a minimum of 4 ears of corn per week, often times more. what in the world are we to do with all this corn?
well duh. make corn chowder and toss it into anything and everything.
the radish you see in the above picture was a garden experiment. once i saw the cover the seed package i KNEW i had to grow these beautiful watermelon radishes - i mean come on, check out that color!
i think i may have picked mine a little prematurely, the entire center should be vibrant pink - i left quite a few in the ground to mature a little longer.
watermelon radish are less spicy than there cousins, they have a little kick to them but are more sweet than spicy. i love the hint of spiciness of the radish & green curry paste alongside the creamy coconut milk.
in addition to the watermelon radish & corn  you will find jalapeno, banana fingerling potatoes, chives & golden carrots- all local, either from the garden, farmers market or csa!
you can definitely use any color carrot or type of potato - the carrot i pulled from the garden just so happened to be yellow.
all the flavors work extremely well together creating a unique corn chowder experience like non other.
Green Curry Corn Chowder
serves 4

you will need:
4 ears of corn - kernels cut off the cob
1 large watermelon radish - sliced and cut into bite size pieces
1 large golden carrot sliced into half moons
1 small jalapeno - finely minced (seeds removed for less heat)
2 cups banana fingerling potatoes cut into bite size pieces
1 can coconut milk + 1 can of water
1 tbsp green curry paste
1 tbsp honey or agave
salt to taste
handful of chives
olive oil

remove corn kernels from the cob - set aside. slice your watermelon into 1/4" rounds and cut into bite size pieces.  cut your carrots into half moons and finely mince the jalapeno, adjusting the amount to your specific tastes. cut potatoes into bite size pieces.

in a soup pot or dutch oven, heat a turn of olive oil over medium/high heat. add all veggies and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

add 1 can of coconut milk + 1 can water. add curry paste and stir well - cover and simmer for about 20-30 minutes or until veggies begin to soften. at the very end, stir in honey or agave.

salt to taste. garnish each serving with freshly snipped chives.

also awesome served with toasted curry croutons from here!



  1. those watermelon radishes are GORGEOUS. in fact, the whole soup is gorgeous. one of the first soups i actually learned to make was vegan potato corn chowder for dayv, since it's his favorite soup. i actually made him some a couple of days ago!

    1. Aren't they - I LOVE the hot pink they are so incredible! We love corn chowder, I am actually making a version tonight!

  2. This looks like such a great, bright, flavorful soup!

    I'm also a soup addict as soon as the weather turns cold. I crave it all the time in the winter and usually make a big pot each week to work my way through.

    1. Thanks Elana! Me too, I love soups, it is actually what we are having fro dinner tonight :)

  3. what an inventive spin on corn chowder! that watermelon radish is so pretty! I think I would end up topping everything with it if I had it in my backyard!

    1. Thank you! It is hard not to top everything with the pretty radish, I think I might roast big slices and top it with something like you would a crostini :)

  4. That soup sounds so great--and just look at those beautiful radishes! I would have a hard time not picking them early too. :)

    1. Thanks Eileen! I have a couple that I am going to pick this weekend to see if they have become any riper :)

  5. That watermelon radish is awesome! I love all the colors in this recipe. Fingerling potatoes are my favorite. I have never made corn chowder... I think I need to try it out soon. :)

    1. LOVE fingerlings! You definitely need to make corn chowder at least once :0

  6. What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing : )

  7. i am in love with the radishes.. i need to find some and put them in my patch!!! that burst of color on the corn chowder and your setting is super pretty. i miss the creamy chowder i used to pick up from the neighborhood soup place. for some reaosn i have never made any at home.. this post is going to help me correct that!

    1. Arent they pretty! Let me know if you have a hard time finding them cause if you do I will try and find some over here and mail them to you :)

  8. oh hiking sounds so wonderful! i just love the fall - and soup is definitely a staple! a truly stunning dish!

    1. Fall hiking is our favorite, we do love hiking year round but fall is so magical!

  9. Steaming hot and delicious soup goes perfectly with hiking :)

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  10. Wow there are so many amazing colours going on here Heather! Plus all the flavours sound delicious :)

    Those radishes are so beautiful! I will need to grown them (someday) when I have my own garden!

  11. That must be the prettiest corn chowder I've ever seen! What a good idea to combine garden veggies like carrots, radish and summer corn with green curry and coconut milk - not something I would think of doing but sounds like a delicious combination!

    1. Aww thanks genevieve :) I loved all the flavors of this soupy and a hint of spice was so warming!

  12. Those radishes are amazing!!!! So so so pretty! I would not be able to eat them. *haha* I love corn chowder and I LOVE that you made one with coconut milk and green curry. I need a bowl NOW. :)

    1. Thanks Court! They are super pretty, I just wanted to slice them all up and look at them all day and show everyone - they are one of the prettiest radishes I have ever seen!


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