In Kerala cuisine, shrimp/prawns are very popular. Especially in the areas closer to the sea like Kochi. My mom having grown up in Kochi, would add shrimp to most vegetable side dishes along with shredded coconut. Tiny shrimp were mostly reserved for such vegetable dishes where a handful of them were enough to impart lots of flavor to an otherwise boring vegetable dish 🙂 No wonder growing up, we sisters never fussed about eating our veggies!
So I have been continuing with my mom’s tradition of adding shrimp to veggies here in my US kitchen too. And the kids have been eating their veggies without any complaints 🙂 This past week I was cooking Ivy gourd. I had added a few shrimp to the water while cooking the ivy gourd. I, however, inadvertently added more water than what was needed for the vegetable to cook so I needed to drain the stock in order to end up with a ‘dry’ vegetable side dish. I obviously reserved the stock thinking I would use it in some soup. But as I quickly tasted a spoonful of the stock, the idea of this seafood and vegetable soup was born in my mind.
And the very next day, I had to make this! I added lots of other veggies in addition to the ivy gourd. All possible veggies that were available to me in my refrigerator went into the pot – daikon radish, taro root and spinach!. For flavor, I added turmeric and ginger. And also some dried seaweed (dulse). The soup as you can imagine turned out to be so so flavorful and takes less than 30 mins to put together!
I had this entire batch – about two bowls full of soup for lunch along with a small salad. Bringing this delicious and flavorful soup to the AIP recipe roundtable hosted by Phoenix Helix.
- 8-10 medium size shrimp, peeled and deveined leaving tails intact
- ½ cup ivy gourd, cut into long thin pieces
- ½ cup Daikon radish, cut into thin slices
- 2 medium taro root, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 3 cups water
- 1 inch by 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into thick round slices
- ½ tsp organic turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 3-4 pieces of kombu/dried seaweed
- 1 cup spinach and or bok choy leaves
- In a medium cooking pot, add all the ingredients except the spinach or bok choy leaves. Heat pot on stove and when the water starts to boil, turn heat to low and cover and cook for 6-7 mins or until the taro pieces are well cooked. Discard the kombu.
- Add the spinach/bok choy and cook for 1 more minute. Turn heat off.
- Transfer to 2 serving bowls. Serve warm.