Recipe extract: Real Fresh Gluten free Food, Tomato and coconut soup with fish dumplings

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Perfect for chilly nights.
Perfect for chilly nights.

A colourful, nourishing soup, which warms the heart and belly, this is a genuine meal in a bowl. Add calamari, scallops or prawns if available.



2 tbsp sesame, coconut or olive oil

1 onion, sliced

1 tbsp red curry paste

1/3 cup long-grain rice

400g can chopped tomatoes

1 tsp turmeric

2 cups water

400ml can coconut cream

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp sea salt

chopped fresh coriander for garnish


400g fresh, boneless, white-fleshed fish

1 egg

1 tsp fennel seeds, toasted (or 1 tsp ground cumin)

small bunch coriander, chopped

1/2 tsp salt

Heat oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion until softened slightly.

Add red curry paste and rice. Cook for several minutes. Add tomato, turmeric and water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make fish dumplings. Cut fish into small chunks and place in a food processor fitted with an S blade.

Add remaining ingredients and process for 20-30 seconds until well combined.

When rice in soup is well cooked, add coconut cream. Bring to a low boil. Using a dessertspoon, scoop some of the fish mixture, squeeze it gently in the hand to form a dumpling and add to soup. They can be any shape but a consistent size is best. Continue making dumplings, adding to soup as you go, until all the fish mixture is used up. Add lemon juice and sea salt. Simmer for about 5 minutes until dumplings are just cooked.

Serve in individual bowls, garnished with coriander. Serves 4 - 6

Extracted with permission from Real Fresh Gluten-free Food by Anna and Roger Wilde, with photography by Daniel Allen, published by New Holland, $45.00.

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