Special Diet

Ingredients
  • 1.2 litres (2 pints) gluten-free vegetable stock
  • 2 lemon grass stalks, halved and bruised
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • handful of coriander, stalks finely chopped and leaves torn
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and halved
  • 5 cm (2 inch) fresh root ginger, peeled and halved
  • 125 g (4 oz) fine beans, topped and tailed, then sliced
  • 225 g (7½ oz) can water chestnuts, drained and sliced
  • 200 g (7 oz) firm tofu, cubed
  • 150 ml (¼ pint) coconut cream
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 200 g (7 oz) basmati rice, plus extra to serve
Directions

Pour the stock into a large saucepan, stir in the lemon grass, garlic, coriander stalks, lime leaves, 1 chilli and ginger and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pieces of ginger and lemon grass.

Add the beans, water chestnuts, tofu and coconut cream and simmer until the beans are just tender. Meanwhile cook the basmati rice in a saucepan of boiling water according to the packet instructions.

Drain the rice, then add half the rice to the spring onions and half the basmati rice to the soup and heat through until piping hot.

Sprinkle the remaining coriander leaves over the soup, ladle into bowls and garnish with the remaining chilli, finely sliced. Serve with an extra dish of basmati rice for each person.

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