Aviyal Coconut & Cauliflower

Takeaway, Nusa, Farrindon

Aviyal Coconut & Cauliflower. It’s based on a Keralan dish, which according to Wikipedia ‘is supposed to have been invented by Bhima during his exile. According to the legend, when Ballav (Bhima’s name during this time) assumed his duties as the cook in the kitchen of Virata, he did not know how to cook. One of the first things he did was to chop up many different vegetables, boil them together and top the dish with grated coconut.‘ 

IMG_6182IMG_6181It was a lovely rich soup which packed a real punch of coconut flavour and had plenty of cauliflower and green beans. It’s vegan, vegetarian, dairy and gluten-free so pretty much suitable for anyone, and as I’m on a low-carb eating plan it fitted in with that too. You can have it with brown rice and bread, but I just went for straight soup.

Really enjoyable, would definitely have it again. A little bit of sunshine on a grey windy day.

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Words and pictures by @ladylavish

Dan Dan Szechuan beef

Takeaway: Nusa Kitchen, Clerkenwell, London

For a quick soup at lunchtime I chose the Dan Dan Szechuan beef from Nusa, with a piece of their flat bread to accompany it.



The broth was thin and clear, with a slightly aniseed taste. It was jam-packed with cut vermicelli noodles and lots of healthy spinach and tasty beef. I added chilli to mine as I like my noodle soups hot.


It’s not got the depth of flavour as a Pho, but it’s a nice different noodle soup option. The bread was essential or I think I would have felt hungry again in the afternoon.

Would have it again, and the fact it’s very light on calories is an added bonus.

Words and pictures @madgie

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