Inspired by Caribbean callaloo, this tropical, coconut-milk-spiked soup can be mildly or wildly spicy, according to your taste. If you like it hot, add some or all of the jalapeño seeds or a splash of Tabasco sauce.
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2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, sliced thin
3/4 pound kale, tough stems removed, leaves washed well and shredded (about 1 quart)
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 1/2 quarts canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup long-grain rice
How to Make It
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in the kale, sweet potatoes, broth, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add the coconut milk and just heat through.
Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Stir in the rice and boil until just done, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain. Put a mound of rice in the center of each bowl. Ladle the soup around the rice.
Crinkly kale leaves are wonderfully sturdy and flavorful, making them especially well-suited to soups. Remove and discard the thick stems and then wash the leaves really well before adding them to a dish. The twists and turns of kale leaves are great places for dirt to hide.
Foods with a bit of sweetness invite some in the wine as well. Good choices would include an off-dry Chenin Blanc from California or a similarly off-dry Riesling from Washington State.
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Review Body: Good soup. Could use more spice, although I didn't add any of the jalapeno seeds and the jalapeno wasn't very spicy. I ended up using the full can of coconut milk to give it more pronounced coconut flavor, more salt, and some black pepper and red pepper flakes to bring up the spice a bit.