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Tom yum soup is perhaps authentic Thai Dish which is spicy soup served both vegetarian and Non vegetarian. Here is the vegetarian version which I used to do regularly since we all love this because of its Lemony, Gingery and Spicy flavour. The basic broth is made of vegetable stock and fresh ingredients such as Lemon Grass, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Galangal, Shallots and Red Chili Padi. This is so Easy to make and I make this healthy with lot of vegetables and Mushroom with generous amount of herbs. Its really wonderful appetizer and you'll love it and warms you up from the inside. This is perfect for winter season. Its helps fight off cold and flu. Brief about the ingredients used in this.....

Galangal - Galangal is Ginger like spices which is widely used in south East Asia. Its so aromatic and Gingery.

Kaffir Lime and Its leaves - The rind, Juice and the leaves of this lime is used for cooking as well as for medicinal purpose. The juice is generally more acidic. The leaves can be used fresh or dried. They are widely used in Thai, Lao and Cambodian Cuisines. It has the wonderful aroma that you really feel in the soup.

Lemon Grass - Lemon grass is native to India. It is widely used as a herb in Asian cuisine. And it is commonly used in teas, Soups, and curries. Lemon grass oil is used as a pesticide ,preservatives and for perfumeries too.

Hope I bored you all with lot of stuffs. Coming to the recipe....

Ingredients :

Any vegetable stock - 3 cups (You can make your own or store bought is also good)
Galangal - 5 slices crushed slightly
Kaffir lime leaves - 3
Lemon Grass - 1 stalk
Chili padi - 1
Garlic - 1 minced
Mushroom - 1/2 cup sliced
Napa Cabbage or regular - 1/4 cup
Carrots - Few slices or Handful
Sprouts - Few or Handful
Tomatoes - 1/2 deseeded and cubed
Tofu - cubed fes pieces (optional)
Soy Sauce - 1 tbsp
Spring onion - Chopped 1 handful
Coriander leaves - 3 tbsp chopped
Chili Sauce - 1/2 tbsp
Lime juice - 1/4 Tsp
Salt and oil as required.

Method :

1. Heat oil in a pot and add the crushed galangal, lemon grass, Garlic and Chilli padi.
2. The oil will be now infused with lovely aromatic flavour.To this add the stock and let it boil for some time. Now the fragrant broth is ready.
3. Add the vegetables in this order to the broth. First add in the carrot then mushroom let it cook for some time.
4. Once it is half done, add the cabbage followed by sauces this need not to cook for long time . Just one boil otherwise the cabbage will become soggy.
5. Then add the tomato, sprouts, Tofu followed by spring onion and Coriander leaves. Once all these are added do not cook for long time, again one boil that's it. Switch of the flame and serve piping hot by adding a lime juice in it.

Note :

1. Adjust the sour , spiciness everything according to your taste.
2. You can add any vegetables you like but generally I do this way.

Parita  – (September 9, 2009 at 4:15 AM)  

This is not fair...we can never match upto your presentation standards :((( love your presentation! i need training from you..pls..

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (September 9, 2009 at 4:21 AM)  

ooops picture so tempting.Too muchhhh dear. Soup really looks healthy and filling

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (September 9, 2009 at 4:22 AM)  

I love those delightful flavors! A wonderful soup!

Congrats on the awrards!



Unknown  – (September 9, 2009 at 4:28 AM)  

Congrats on your awards and so tempting and healthy soup looks great.

Aps Kitchen  – (September 9, 2009 at 4:33 AM)  

Pavitra...Darling this so yum yum yum....nd about the new ingredients u wrote m so glad to c this...i've had it in restu...but never tried out will surely do as i love soups :)

Menaga Sathia  – (September 9, 2009 at 4:34 AM)  

Congrats on ur awards+ healthy soup looks very nice.

Raks  – (September 9, 2009 at 4:39 AM)  

Looks yum,lovely presentation!!

lata raja  – (September 9, 2009 at 4:57 AM)  

Delicious soup! Only yuo can do this to just a soup too.your pictures say more than the recipe.

Pari Vasisht  – (September 9, 2009 at 5:12 AM)  

Great presentation again and a lovely soup.
You should start taking classes for all your admirers.

Home Cooked Oriya Food  – (September 9, 2009 at 6:09 AM)  

Awesome presentation again! SOup looks so good...

Sarah Naveen  – (September 9, 2009 at 6:38 AM)  

Please accept the awards waiting for you in my blog!!!

priya  – (September 9, 2009 at 6:53 AM)  

Ho dear,
plz collect ur award frm my blog.

Padma  – (September 9, 2009 at 7:03 AM)  

Superb presentation and nice soup.... healthy and filling... congrats on your awards.. please accept my honest scrap award too :)

Priya Suresh  – (September 9, 2009 at 7:05 AM)  

Wow such a tempting tom yum soup,really healthy..

chakhlere  – (September 9, 2009 at 8:18 AM)  

Soup looks yummy !!!!
Congrats for your awards dear.

Shri  – (September 9, 2009 at 8:22 AM)  

Love the Tom Yum soup!Looks delish!Have to say your decorn skills are excellent!

Vrinda  – (September 9, 2009 at 8:40 AM)  

Congrats on ur awards...Yummy soup and i liked the name,tom

Gita Jaishankar  – (September 9, 2009 at 8:48 AM)  

Congrats on your awards Pavithra....Comforting soup...nice collection of spices and ingredients going on here :)

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (September 9, 2009 at 8:50 AM)  

My kind of comfort soup to pamper myself.Really mouth-watering soup my dear

Raje  – (September 9, 2009 at 10:21 AM)  

Your Tom Yum soup is indeed Yummm and healthy! Cant wait to try it soon.

Reeni  – (September 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM)  

I love Tom Yum Soup! This looks delicious! Congrats on your well-deserved awards!

Unknown  – (September 9, 2009 at 12:11 PM)  

the soup has come out very well...feel like having it right now...I was simply scrolling my dashboard to quickly catch up with my other i dont have to read your name or name of the dish...your presentation itself invites everyone...its Pavithra's dish..we all need to learn more from you.

Renus Kitchen  – (September 9, 2009 at 1:28 PM)  

as always u have great do u do it girl?? keep up the good work, coming to the sounds awesome...have never tried cooking thai...and many congratulations on the award !!

Mythreyi Dilip  – (September 9, 2009 at 1:54 PM)  

Very yummy soup Pavithra, will surely try soon.

Congrats on ur awards dear:)

Unknown  – (September 9, 2009 at 4:02 PM)  

Beautiful presentation... Congrats for the awards too...

Anu  – (September 9, 2009 at 4:23 PM)  

Congrats on your awards and so tempting and healthy soup looks great.

Urmi  – (September 9, 2009 at 7:15 PM)  

You have presented very beautifully with mouth watering pictures. I like different types of soup and shall definitely try out your lovely recipe of tom yum soup.

kamalabhoopathy  – (September 9, 2009 at 8:36 PM)  

the soup is looking nice and tempting too.

Preety  – (September 9, 2009 at 11:49 PM)  

nicely presented pavithra..lovely soup recipe too

Anonymous –   – (September 10, 2009 at 12:28 AM)  

Wow! Tom yum soup...from scratch! Cool! I have only had the premade kind.

chef and her kitchen  – (September 10, 2009 at 4:33 AM)  

Gal,wat a soup!!!
feeling like having it now..

Chef Jeena  – (September 10, 2009 at 5:27 AM)  

This is a very aromatic soup I love the flavours.

Hb  – (September 10, 2009 at 6:19 AM)  

Your soup looks good. I just checked your event. I am not good at this but I will give a try :) Do send ur entry to my event!  – (September 10, 2009 at 7:25 AM)  

Yummy soup.......and I love this is for me ... Ha ha ha... :)And again a great picturisation with a Lovely presentation...and of course I want to participate in your upcoming event... Above all Congrats On Your Well Deserved Awards...Lovely...

Tina  – (September 10, 2009 at 10:10 AM)  

ohhhh what a great presentation dear....soup looks very delicious and attractive...

Pam  – (September 10, 2009 at 10:25 AM)  

Tom Yum Soup is the best - yours looks really delicious.

Congrats on your awards.

Jyoti V  – (September 10, 2009 at 11:07 AM)  

Wow Pavitra..this looks so healthy.
Nice presentation and click.

Varsha Vipins  – (September 10, 2009 at 1:15 PM)  

That really looks like a bowl of soup from some fine restuarant Pavi..looks really nice..:)

Palidor  – (September 10, 2009 at 1:26 PM)  

Congratulations on your awards! I've never tried tom yum soup before, but it looks very tasty!

Anu Nandu  – (September 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM)  

Hi Pavithra,

I'm also passing you on the Honest Scrap award - please collect it at my site!

The soup is so appetizing!

Sophie  – (September 10, 2009 at 2:38 PM)  

This soup sounds so delicious and fresh! The presentation is really nice too, I like how you used natural ingredients to enhance the dish! :)

Anu Nandu  – (September 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM)  

Hi Pavithra,

Yes - I'm from Salem - studied in Holy Angels and then St. Josephs!

I live in Orange county - close to you.

BTW - I go to Soup Plantation and they have this ginger broth soup in their on going menu! I'm sure yours tastes better than theirs!

Rush  – (September 10, 2009 at 5:08 PM)  

the timimg of this blog cudnt be more perfect...i so wanna make a soup right now, but me not have all ingredients :(

Anonymous –   – (September 11, 2009 at 1:44 AM)  

I am a food lover. Wow! This dish is Awesome. You presentation is out of the world. Keep this going..... Cheers.

Jen Kumar  – (September 15, 2009 at 5:55 PM)  

Wow this must be a popular recipe! I also will try this. I love this soup and always wanted to know how to make it at home. Thanks!

Where is the best store to buy these ingredients? They are not for sale in the Indian store.

Kannayya  – (September 24, 2013 at 6:47 PM)  

From where I can buy those ingredients Lemon Grass, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Galangal, and Red Chili Padi.

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