Wild Rice Chowder with Fresh Coconut and Mushrooms

Wild Rice Chowder with Fresh Coconut and Mushrooms

This cold weather recipe was inspired by a recipe for Wild Rice Chowder found in World Vegetarian Classics: Over 200 Essential International Recipes for the Modern Kitchen by Celia Brooks Brown.

Wild Rice Chowder with Fresh Coconut and MushroomsWild Rice Chowder with Fresh Coconut and Mushrooms
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Published on October 18, 2009

Thick, warming and nourishing wild rice soup with coconut and mushrooms — a wonderful winter soup

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 oz (28 g) dried mushrooms (I used lobster and chanterelle)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons chickpea flour (besan) or unbleached white flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • small bunch of green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 jalapeƱos, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1 teaspoon of celery seed
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Rinse the wild rice and transfer to a medium saucepan. Pour in the water and add the salt and bay leaves. Bring to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the rice is tender and begins to fluff up — about 50 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • While the rice is cooking, soak the dried mushrooms in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain, roughly chop, and set aside.

  • Whisk the flour, milk and yogurt together until smooth. Set aside.

  • When the rice is cooked, heat the oil in a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat. When hot, add the green onions and shallots, and stir for a few minutes to soften. Add the mushrooms, jalapeƱos, turmeric, and fresh coconut, and stir for another minute. Pour in the wild rice, add the celery seed, and simmer for 5 minutes to thicken.

  • Stir in the flour, milk and yogurt mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for another 5 minutes. If the soup appears too thick, add water or more milk to reach your desired consistency.

  • Add plenty of fresh ground black pepper and more salt if desired at the end of the cooking time. Discard the bay leaves and serve hot.

Makes 4 servings

Wild Rice Chowder with Fresh Coconut and Mushrooms

More ideas for wild rice from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Cranberry Wild Rice Soup
Pine Nut and Orange Wild Rice
Wild Rice and Portobello Mushroom Soup
Wild Rice and Asparagus Salad

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Johanna GGG said...

sounds scrumptious - would be good with coconut cream for a dairy-free version

Ivy said...

Have never cooked with wild rice before. I love the flavours in this soup.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Ooh, that sounds really good, especially with the coconut :)

CurryLeaf said...

Wow ,wonderful the chowder looks.The combination of ingredients is wonderful.Truly u made wonderful use of pantry items.

Priya Suresh said...

Droolworthy chowder looks marvellous!

Anonymous said...

We have been having a particularly nasty stretch of weather for early October, so this soup calls out to me. It looks hearty and comforting, creamy and satisfying. The coconut definitely keeps things interesting! :D I wish I were wrapping my hands around a mug-ful right now! Thanks for a delicious idea and recipe.

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Oraphan said...

What a great blog!!!

So glad I've found you. I've just started to be a vegetarian early this year and I'm still struggling with choices of food I like to eat. Looking through your blog makes me feel so excited that I've found a LOT of ideas+inspiration, thank you for sharing:)

Anonymous said...

Lisa that looks scrummy. My wild rice is at the back of the cupboard but I shall be dusting it off now. I like any excuse to add coconut to soup - be it frozen milk hearts or shavings of creamed coconut. Soup making has to be one of the blessings of cold, dark nights :o)

Usha said...

This sounds fantastic, what an unique combination of flavors...

Soma said...

Love how you have brought in different things to make a beautiful bowl. Very flavorful & must have had great texture.

eatme_delicious said...

Ooo I love the sound of coconut and mushroom together!

iRaw said...

This looks absolutely delicious - can't wait to try it!

Wanda said...

What a delicious sounding Mushroom Chowder. Lots of taste and texture. really comforting on a chilly day. The addition of coconut milk is also worth trying. Yum

Sanjana said...

Wow, this is really creative and looks so delicious. So when can I come over for dinner? :D
I love adding gram flour to my soups to thicken them too, so this is something I would love to cook! Loving your recipes- I'll be back for more :)

Unknown said...

YUM! This was perfect!!

catherine said...

I am a vegetarian and i would love to try your recipe.

Natalie said...

Mmm Mmm Good. I love chowder. I love coconut rice. I do believe I will love making this recipe in the cold nights to come! Great share!