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Ground Turkey Coconut Curry Soup

As the weather gets cooler, there is nothing like a warm and hearty bowl of soup. Living in Korea one of the warmest and fondest memories I have is enjoying a warm bowl of soup during the fall and winter months. So as soon as Houston gave us a week of cold weather, into the kitchen I went to create a dish that tells a story of who I am, where I come from and where I have been.

This soup is inspired by my Indian roots and fond memories of living in South Korea. Every bite feels nostalgic.

Ground Turkey Coconut Curry Soup


  • 3 tbsp butter

  • 1 medium minced sweet onion

  • 5 minced garlic cloves

  • 1 large tomato or 2 medium tomatoes chopped

  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder

  • 2 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 tsp ginger powder

  • 1 lb of ground turkey (you can use chicken or beef as well)

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup canned coconut milk

  • Heap of spinach


  1. In a medium skillet heat up and melt the butter. Add minced onions and garlic. Saute until they are browned. Next, add tomatoes and continue to saute.

  2. Once the tomatoes are wilted add curry powder, turmeric powder, ginger powder and salt and pepper. Mix together and cook the mixture for 2 more minutes.

  3. Add the turkey to the base. Mix together until turkey is cooked.

  4. Once the turkey is cooked, add water and coconut milk.

  5. Cover and let it simmer on medium for about 5 minutes.

  6. Uncover and add spinach and let it wilt in for about 2 more minutes.

  7. Once the spinach is wilted into the soup it is ready to eat.

The base of this soup is inspired by indian cooking. It is the base for every dish imaginable. I learned how to cook Indian food by watching my mom and still watch her today. I took something from my roots and blended it with a culture so near and dear to my heart... South Korea the land of soup. Soup in Korean is called (gook) and there are so many varieties of it, I can't keep count.

This soup is warm, hearty and perfect for a cold day. I hope you enjoy the process of making this and the taste. 잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meokkessumnida)


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