Curried Plantain Soup Recipe – Cla-Cha-Del, Nevis

Curried Plantain Soup Recipe
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Curried Plantain Soup Recipe

Cla-Cha-Del Restaurant
Shaws Road
Nevis, West Indies
May 23, 2009

Ha!  Fooled you…no sadly Cla-Cha-Del has not magically re-opened on Shaws Road, or for any other place on Nevis…Sadly.  For those people who used to go to Cla-Cha-Del back in the 1990’s, hopefully this recipe will bring back fond memories.


1 1/2 Ounces minced shallots
1 Rib celery diced
2 Minced garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons Madras curry powder
6 Ripe Plantains
4 Cups chicken stock
1/4 Cup heavy cream
1/4 Teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
5 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
Kosher or Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Cooking Method:

1. Peel the plantains and chop all the vegetables.
2. Heat the oil in a large stock pot.
3. Add the shallots, celery, garlic and ginger and sauté until golden brown.
4. Stir in the sugar and caramelize lightly. Add the curry powder and plantains and mix well.
5. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil, allowing to simmer for 20 minutes.
6. Add the heavy cream and simmer (do not allow to boil) for 10 minutes.
7. Purée in food processor to desired consistency

Garnish with chopped cilantro, and serve with an ice cold Carib beer…or two…or even three :)

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