Fish And Orzo Coconut Soup

Fish And Orzo Coconut Soup | Playful Cooking

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.

Fish And Orzo Coconut Soup | Playful Cooking

Fish And Orzo Coconut Soup | Playful Cooking

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.

Fish And Orzo Coconut Soup | Playful Cooking

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!

Fish And Orzo Coconut Soup | Playful Cooking

Fish And Orzo Coconut Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 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
  • salt
  • oil


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Finally, sprinkle sumac and serve warm.

Fish And Orzo Coconut Soup | Playful Cooking

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  • angiesrecipes
    November 20, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    A very delicious and satisfying soup! I have never had a soup made with orzo…time to give a try! Thanks for sharing, Kankana.

  • Cygnet Kitchen
    Cygnet Kitchen
    November 20, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    I love using orzo, especially in salads but have never tried it in a soup. The flavours in the soup sound amazing, Kankana! I’ll have to try and get hold of some molagapodi! x

  • Roxana
    November 20, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    This looks so beautiful and yummy Kankana! I only wish I had some for my dinner right now!

  • Edlyn
    November 20, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    So much globetrotting!! I love it. This fish stew sounds like just what I need right now. Ooh and I got most of the things with me. I might make this for dinner tomorrow! 🙂 Enjoy the wintery rains!

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