Simple coconut & bean soup

Simple coconut & bean soup

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
This vegetarian meal in a bowl shows how something delicious can be made from mostly storecupboard ingredients

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • kcal581
  • fat38g
  • saturates28g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre11g
  • protein19g
  • salt3.19g


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • ½ bunch spring onions, whites and greens separated and sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 Scotch bonnet chilli, deseeded and pounded to a paste



    Part of the capsicum family, chillies come in scores of varieties and colours (from green…

  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 tsp medium curry powder
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 410g can kidney bean, rinsed and drained
    Kidney beans scattered on a white surface

    Kidney beans

    kid-nee beenz

    Native to the Americas, kidney beans are so called because of their shape and come in very…

  • 410g can pinto bean, rinsed and drained
  • 410g can black-eyed bean, rinsed and drained
  • 2 x 400g cans coconut milk
    Coconut milk in a glass, with half a coconut

    Coconut milk

    ko-ko-nut mill-k

    Coconut milk is not the slightly opaque liquid that flows from a freshly opened coconut –…

  • juice 2 limes



    The same shape, but smaller than…


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Sizzle the spring onion whites, pepper, chilli paste and garlic for 5-8 mins until soft and fragrant. Add the thyme, curry powder and spices, then cook for 1 min more, Stir in the tomatoes, then cook for 2 mins to soften slightly.

  2. Crumble in the stock cube, then tip in all the beans and the coconut milk. Simmer for 10 mins. Turn off the heat and stir in most of the spring onion greens, the lime juice and some seasoning. Ladle into bowls and scatter with remaining spring onions just before serving.

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22nd Feb, 2020
Really nice but used one can of coconut and 2 of beans.
20th Sep, 2017
I changed quite a lot of ingredients in order to use what I had in my fridge;carrots, parsnips, onions instead of the original ones and used mixed beans salad and kept spice the same. It still came out as a very delicious soup!
27th May, 2012
Delicious, and very easy to make in bulk and then freeze extra individual portions for when you want something a bit more warming than instant soups. I tried it with fresh coriander stirred through at the end, which was very nice. Also, I'd recommend that you pound the garlic clove and the allspice together with the scotch bonnet and sizzle them all up together for a couple of minutes before adding the spring onions and red pepper, as (in my opinion) it helps bring out the flavours.
9th May, 2012
I did this recipe for 80 people at a caribbean evening. It was simple, I got it ready in the afternoon and then re heated it, IT WAS AMAZING! loads of compliments and people saying they could have just eaten that all night. I used mixed bean salad tins form tesco rather than all the different individual tins of beans.
5th May, 2012
Fabulous - one of the best veggie recipes on the site: easy yet smart and tasty enough for dinner parties. Even perfect with packed/tinned Mexican bean salad for bean ingredients. Love it.
20th Apr, 2012
Really easy and very tasty.
19th Oct, 2011
This recipe is delicious, would definitely recommend!
29th Oct, 2009
So easy and incredibly delicious.
1st Oct, 2009
Really nice even if you use tin beans (Though I might just be a heathen) - used half fat coconut milk and it was still quite rich - think it may have been too rich if I had used the normal stuff. Though the lime does really cut through the richness.
29th Aug, 2009
Oh, and one more thing. I think its quite important to use dry beans for this soup. I know it might be a bit of headache to soak them night before however is worth it as they taste way better afterwords. Good luck


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