Enjoy this special Thai chicken soup during monsoon


Steaming hot chicken soups are the perfect food to enjoy while watching the cool rain showers. Besides making you feel relaxed and warm, these soups are incredibly nutritious as well. Chef Aswini Geetha Gopalakrishnan introduces the delicious Thai chicken soup or Tom kha kai, which has the goodness of galangal or Thai ginger in it. Lemon grass and kafir lime leaves give incredible aroma and flavour to the soup.

Mushrooms and leaves

Lots of healthy ingredients like mushrooms and leaves are used in the Thai chicken soup. Shimeji mushrooms and button mushrooms could be added in this dish. The kafir lime leaves which are extremely fragrant should be used only after removing its vein in the centre. Lightly bash the lemon grass stem to extract maximum flavour. Similarly, coriander stems too are lightly crushed before adding into the soup for flavour. However, it must be noted that only the stem and not the leaves of coriander are added in it.

Enjoy this special Thai chicken soup during monsoon

Check out the easy recipe of fragrant, flavoursome and delicious Thai chicken soup.


300 ml coconut milk

2 bunches lemon grass

1 piece galangal (Thai ginger)

2 Thai red chillies

Coriander stem as required

3 kafir lime leaves

100 gms mushroom

1 cup chicken stock

200 gms chicken

2 tsp chili paste

1 tsp fish sauce

2 tsp lemon juice

Salt as required

Sugar as required


Heat the chicken stock and add the crushed lemon grass, coriander stem, chopped Thai red chillies, galangal and kafir lime leaves.

Allow the flavoured stock to boil well.

Now add the coconut milk and mix well.

When this broth begins to boil lightly, add the chilli paste, fish sauce, salt and sugar as required.

Into it add the chicken as well.

Add the mushrooms after the chicken has cooked well.

Finish it off with lemon juice after all the ingredients have cooked well.

Taste for seasoning and serve hot.