Thai spiced, strawberry soup

A couple of years back, my beautiful blue-eyed friend, Veronika, blogger and photographer at ‘Kitchen Finesse‘ posted a tempting photograph in flickr.  The title read ‘strawberry coconut milk soup’.  You know what caught my eye, right?  Every word, actually.  I am fond of soups, like strawberries and absolutely love coconut milk!  There was no thing to stop me from making this.  I wrote at  once to Vera and she sent me the recipe in her reply.  I have made many times since but for some reason or the other, I did not take photographs until recently.


I am sure you will love the Thai twist in this.  Vera’s recipe makes use of heavy cream.  I added homemade coconut cream instead, in less proportion. This soup is in fact a dessert, and if you churn it in your ice cream maker, it will turn into a very tasty ice cream, I think.

Recipe: Vegan strawberry soup with a Thai twist – Gluten | Lactose | Casein free

Allergy friendly recipe

Yield: serves 2 to 3 persons


 Coconut milk (second extract) – 2 cups

Lemon grass root, 1 stalk, crushed lightly

Kaffir lime leaf – 1, bruised

Strawberries – 300g ( I used organic strawberries from Godrej Nature’s Basket)

Coconut cream, fresh (made the same morning) – 1 cup

Sugar (optional) – As per taste


In a steel saucepan add the lemon grass and kaffir lime to the coconut milk and bring to the boil on low heat, stirring every noinsew and then.

Rinse, clean, and pat dry the strawberries, and add in a mixer with some of the coconut  cream.  Puree.

Pour the strawberry puree and the remaining cream to the coconut milk, add sugar (if using), and warm in low heat as homemade coconut cream curdles at high temperatures, and the danger is more if the strawberries are sour!

Press the liquid in a bowl through a large eyed soup strainer.  Bring to room temperature, and let refrigerate for a few hours.

When ready to serve, swirl a little coconut cream and garnish with cut strawberries.

Strawberries are available in Indian market only during Winters, hence I have categorized it as a Winter soup.  Is it a Summer fruit where you live?


Harini is a vegan food photographer, writer and recipe developer. She also loves feeding birds, reading, watching crime thrillers, and travelling amongst other things.

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  • Photorecipe

    Hi, just loved your recipes, thanks for sharing with us and congrats for the great photos.



  • smita srivastava

    Looks absolutely gorgeous , i just love the pics esp your pretty cross stitched napkin , have you embroidered it ?

    • Harini

      Thanks, Smita! I do embroider, but not on this one. 🙂

  • Reeta

    drooling over that gorgeous pot full of luscious strawb soup…yum!

  • Narayan

    I am not a big fan of soups, and least of all when made with fruits. But your recipe makes my mouth water, especially the luscious photography…. Brilliant snap is the last shot of the just finished tumbler of soup….

  • Joyti

    What an interesting recipe. It sounds delicious…

  • Shella

    Amazing click n superb recipe. Makes me drool!

  • Swati Sapna

    This really is a wonderfully whimsical combination of flavours!! 😀 A soup, with strawberries, and coconut milk, and lemongrass! Am intrigued… I actually have all the ingredients in my refrigerator currently. Gonna give it a shot 🙂

    • Harini

      Glad to know that, Swati. I hope you enjoy it. I will be waiting for your feedback.

  • Shoba

    Hi Harini,

    I am guessing the lemon grass is the secret ingredient here!!! I could never think of a soup with strawberries and when you combine it with coconut cream…yum. Being a palakkad iyer I am also a die hard fan of coconut!!
    Great clicks as usual Harini.


  • Shikari Shambu

    Hello Harini – Great recipe. Will you marry me?

    Just kidding 🙂 Loved the creativity, the oh-so gorgeous presentation and above all – the fact that its vegan ! Will be a frequent visitor from now on. Thanks so much for sharing !

  • Anjali

    I know this will make all coconut milk lovers weak in the knees.

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