Soft white fish, chunky bites of vegetables with a handful of orzo, bathing in calmly spiced coconut broth. This simple one-pot fish and orzo coconut soup is hearty and makes a meal on it’s own. A little bit of globetrotting happened while creating this soup. The color of the broth comes from the famous south Indian spice Molagapodi (spicy gunpowder), there is pasta to make it filling and at the end, I sprinkled a little bit of sumac for that sharp tang. When the temperature drops down and you finally start to feel the chill in the air, it’s time to get cozy with a bowl of comfort. And this soup makes for a great weeknight supper.
In the past few weeks, with all the non-stop rain, it has quickly started to feel less like summer and more like winter. If not for the mandatory necessity of drying clothes in sun, I would have asked for these days to last longer. I love every bit of the coziness that comes along with it. Avyan is probably not too thrilled about it. Although he doesn’t mind cuddling with me on the couch and watch rain, I am sure he is missing his evening park time.
But with such cold days, there also comes comfort meal. And while I don’t need any specific season to slurp a bowl of soup, I just savor it a tad bit more during winter. And who doesn’t!
- 1 fillet of any white fish, cut into bite size (I used basa)
- 2 carrots, peeled and sliced into bite size
- handful of green beans, cut 1-inch length wise
- 1 zucchini, sliced into bite size
- ½ cup orzo, or any mini pasta
- 3 garlic cloves, grated
- ½ tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon molagapodi, South Indian spice mix
- ½ teaspoon sumac
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 cup vegetable/fish broth
- In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and sauté all the vegetables along with garlic. After a few minutes, add vegetable/fish broth, sprinkle salt and bring it to a boil. Once done, let it simmer for 10 minutes or until the veggies are mildly tender.
- Sprinkle molagapodi along with paprika and orzo. Give it a mix and let it cook for 8 more minutes or until orzo as well as veggies are cooked through. Then, pour coconut milk and bring it to a boil. Drop the fish pieces and cook for a couple more minutes.
- Finally, sprinkle sumac and serve warm.