Main Meals

Sweetcorn tamarind soup

20 minutes
20 minutes

“The sweetness of the corn and coconut balances well with the sour tamarind.” – Abigail Donnelly

Wine/Spirit Pairing
Durbanville Hills Merlot

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  • 1 T coconut oil or butter
  • 1 t garlic, minced
  • 1 t fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 t fresh turmeric, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 T tamarind paste
  • 4 cobs sweetcorn, kernels removed
  • 1 sprig fresh curry leaves
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • salt, to taste
  • For the corn fritters:
  • 120 g flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 cup amasi
  • 1 T butter, melted
  • 1 x 400 g can, creamed corn
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 cups sunflower oil

1. Heat the coconut oil or butter in a saucepan. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric and onion and cook over a low heat until the onion is soft.

2. Add the tamarind, corn and curry leaves. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the stock and coconut milk. Simmer for 5 minutes, season and serve with the corn fritters.

3. To make the corn fritters, mix all the ingredients except the oil. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Drop spoonfuls of batter into the oil in batches. Cook until golden brown and drain on kitchen paper. If the fritters need a bit more cooking, cook in an air-fryer for 2 minutes.

Cook's note: A charred roti works well if you don’t feel like making the fritters. The fritter batter keeps in the fridge for four days if you want to make it in advance.

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Photograph: Jan Ras
Production: Abigail Donnelly
Food assistant: Lerato Motau

Abigail Donnelly

Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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