Spicy Peanut Soup

Another from the Moosewood cookbook.

Spicy Peanut Soup

2 Tb. oil
2 garlic cloves
1 Tb. fresh grated ginger
2 c. diced onions
2 green peppers, diced
2 c. coconut milk
3 1/2 c. vegetable stock or water
1 c. peanut butter
3/4 tsp. ground coriander
pinch of cayenne
3/4 tsp. freshly ground lemon grass
1/2 tsp. salt
1 to 2 Tb. fresh lemon or lime juice

Heat the oil in a soup pot. Saute garlic and ginger. Add onions and pepper, saute for 5 minutes or so. Add the coconut milk and 2 1/2 c. stock or water and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes. Blend the peanut butter and the remaining cup of stock into a smooth paste and whisk it into the soup with the spices and salt. Simmer about 15 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. Just before serving, remove the soup from the heat and stir in the lemon or lime juice.

Serves 4 to 6.

* edited to add that I tried this one today and it was really good. Spicy and slightly sweet from the peanut butter and coconut. It was hard to find lemon grass, but I found it dried, and the coconut milk, at the health food store. Next time I'm going to add noodles and a little more cayenne.

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