Vegetarian Thai Mexican soup

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This soup first started off as a vegetarian Mexican soup and then I decided to change it up a bit by introducing a Thai edge to it. I love fusion food and this really works. The ginger and chilli warms the palette and the lime is the tangy twist that really lifts this soup. The addition of quorn, leek and courgette makes this soup even healthier. One of my invented favourites for sure!

INGREDIENTS

For the Thai quorn chicken ~
300g Quorn chicken style pieces
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp grated ginger
A little fresh red chilli
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp salt
Dried red chilli seeds pinch

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For the Mexican soup base ~
1 large courgette grated
1 leek grated
1 garlic clove crushed
A little tomato passata or tomato pureé for flavour
1300 ml of water
1 veg stock cube
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin and coriander powder
salt to taste
Juice of 1/2 lime or more to taste
cornflour to thicken

METHOD

To make the thai quorn chicken
1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and let the ginger and red chilli infuse into the oil for a couple of minutes. Add the quorn pieces and coat well in the chilli oil, add water and salt and cover for 10 minutes on a low flame

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2. The pieces should now be tender, stir in the sweet chilli sauce and cook for a further 5-7 minutes on a low flame. Leave to rest, once cooled a little, shred in a food processor to small gravel size pieces

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3. Meanwhile start the soup base, heat the oil and add the courgette, leek and garlic.

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Sauté for a few minutes until soft, throw in the paprika, cumin and coriander powder, salt and crumble in the stock cube.
Cook for 2 minutes and then pour in the water and stir in the passata or puree, bring to a boil and gently mix in the quorn thai pieces

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4. Cook on a medium to low flame for a further 10 minutes, you may need to thicken the soup using 1 tsp cornflour diluted in a tbsp of water. Just add this mixture to the soup and stir well to thicken. Lastly squeeze in the lime juice and garnish with coriander. Serve with home made tortilla baked chips

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