Duo of chile-avocado and mint-tomato soups recipe

Published July 27, 2010 1:01AM (EDT)

For the chile-avocado soup


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 (15-ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 minced serrano chile
  • ½ teaspoon minced lime zest
  • ¼ cup chopped minced cilantro
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Salt to taste
  • Lime juice to taste


  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat, add oil, then add the garlic, ginger, zest and chile. Saute about 2 minutes, or until the ingredients start to become limp and release their scent.
  2. Reduce heat to low, add coconut milk, stir, and let simmer over low heat about 20 minutes.
  3. Mash the avocados, add to the soup base, mix with an immersion mixer or transfer to a blender and mix until the mixture is smooth. If soup is too thick, thin with water as needed.
  4. Then add a tablespoon or two of fresh lime juice and add salt and extra lime juice to taste. Bear in mind that cold soups need to be seasoned a bit more aggressively than warm ones.
  5. Chill the soup and keep it refrigerated until ready to serve. Whisk thoroughly and stir in cilantro just before serving.
  6. To make the ice cream: pour about 1 cup of the soup into a bowl to form a shallow layer. Place the bowl in the freezer. Stir the mixture regularly as it freezes to break up any ice crystals. Keep frozen soup covered.

For the tomato-mint soup


  • 2 cups peeled, coarsely chopped tomatoes (about 2 large)
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped cucumber (about half a large one)
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Salt to taste


  1. Put all ingredients except the salt in a blender and blend until smooth. Add salt to taste (see notes in Step 4 of the preceding recipe), mix thoroughly.
  2. To make the granita: Pour about 1 cup of the soup into a bowl to form a shallow layer. Place bowl in the freezer. About once an hour, remove the bowl from the freezer and break up any large frozen pieces with a fork before returning the bowl to the freezer. The granita is ready when it forms grainy frozen crystals.

Final Assembly

  1. Since the frozen soups tend to freeze harder than regular ice cream, remove them from the freezer about 10 minutes before serving to allow them to soften a bit.
  2. Pour a small portion of each soup into a small bowl or cup and top each with a small scoop of the opposite frozen soup. Serve each diner two bowls of contrasting soup. Then you will have both the small-plates trend and the savory ice cream trend covered in a single dish. Trendy you!

By Felicia Lee

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