Thai Red Curry Coconut Squash Soup for the Muladhara (Root) Chakra

This Ayurvedic soup recipe, from Sahara Rose Ketabi's new cookbook, Eat Feel Fresh: A Contemporary Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook, will bring your Root Chakra into balance with ingredients and hues that relate to each of the seven major energy centers.

Root Chakra Soup
Kelley Schuyler

When our chakras are imbalanced, we may experience “dis-ease” in that area of the body, plus related psychosomatic symptoms such as hip problems, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues, heart conditions, mucus, headaches, or brain fog. Thanks to ingredients such as grounding root vegetables, sultry cinnamon, empowering turmeric, heart-expanding leafy greens, nutrient-dense spirulina, and enlightening beets, these soups are delicious plant medicine.

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  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion or fennel bulb, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (option to reduce or omit for pitta)


  1. In a large Dutch oven or pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, curry paste, coriander, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine, and cook until onion is translucent, 5 minutes.
  2. Add butternut squash, and cook for 1 minute. Add broth, and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat, and simmer until squash is soft, 15–20 minutes.
  3. While soup is cooking, toast coconut flakes in a medium skillet over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown around the edges. Remove from heat.
  4. Once squash is soft, remove soup from heat, and let cool slightly. Working in batches, transfer the soup mixture to a blender and blend until smooth, or use an immersion blender. Return puréed soup to the pot, and repeat until soup is completely blended.
  5. Stir lime juice into the blended soup. Serve drizzled with coconut milk and sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes and fresh cilantro.

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