Curried cauliflower soup with pistachio sambal

Creamy and aromatic, this curried cauliflower soup is a must-try. Topped with homemade pistachio sambal, it’s a flavour-packed dish.



Note: + Cooling time



  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbs mild curry powder
  • 1kg cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 600g swede, peeled, finely chopped
  • 5 cups (1.25L) salt-reduced vegetable or chicken stock
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup (15g) coconut flakes, toasted
  • Mini pappadums, to serve

Pistachio sambal

  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 cup shredded mint
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped coriander
  • 1 long red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/3 cup (45g) pistachios, toasted, coarsely chopped



Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the leek and cook, stirring, for 3 mins or until leek softens. Add the curry powder and cook, stirring, for 30 secs or until aromatic. Add the cauliflower and swede. Cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until cauliflower and swede soften slightly. 


Add stock and coconut milk. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 15 mins or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat. Cool slightly. Use a stick blender to carefully blend until smooth. Place over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil.


Meanwhile, to make the pistachio sambal, heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the cumin and garam masala and cook, stirring, for 30 secs or until aromatic. Remove from heat. Set aside to cool. Transfer to a bowl with mint, coriander, chilli, if using, and pistachio. Stir to combine. Season.


Ladle the soup among serving bowls. Top with sambal and coconut flakes. Serve with the pappadums.

Serve with coriander sprigs. 


Waste wise 

Steam cauliflower leaves, then dip them in a chickpea flour batter and shallow-fry until golden.

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