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Vegan Laksa – Malaysian Curry Laksa Soup Recipe. Homemade Laksa paste with Fresh Turmeric Root. Warming, spicy, flavorful soup for fall and winter. Curry Laksa Recipe. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free. Pin it for later.

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The past weekend was predicted to be filled with big storms, rain, wind, all grey and no sun. The forecast models were not entirely correct though, so we had some rain, some wind and some sun too. No one is complaining :). The temps are dropping however and the only thing I want to do is a curl up with a bowl of soup and listen to some holiday theme novels (audio books).

This Laksa curry is super flavorful, anti inflammatory and delightful. The paste can be made at home and used whenever you want a bowl of the soup or a quick stir fry. Use whatever ingredients you have in the paste and make this curry laksa with noodles or more veggies or crisped up panfried tofu. The spices are toasted then blended or processed with herbs, aromatics, fresh turmeric root and some cashews. The paste is roasted in a little oil to release the flavors, then mushrooms and veggies and cooked for a few. The broth, coconut milk and noodles are brought to a boil and simmered until the noodles are tender and the soup thickens a bit to preference. Fold in some greens, mint and cilantro and serve. Fresh turmeric root adds the bright color to this laksa paste. Use ground turmeric if you cannot find the fresh root. Also try this turmeric root ginger root tea for the fall blues. Turmeric stains, so work carefully whether using fresh or dry.

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Vegan Laksa - Malaysian Curry Laksa Soup Recipe

Vegan Laksa - Malaysian Curry Laksa Soup Recipe. Homemade Laksa paste with Fresh Turmerci Root. Warming, spicy, flavorful soup for fall and winter. Curry Laksa Recipe. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free.

Course: Soup

Cuisine: Gluten-free, Malaysian, Vegan

Servings: 4

Calories: 452kcal

Author: Vegan Richa


Laksa Paste:

  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) fennel or cumin seeds
  • 1 inch fresh turmeric root peeled if needed(or use 1 tsp or more ground turmeric)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root peeled if needed
  • 1 green chile
  • 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) cayenne or use paprika + cayenne
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp raw cashews soaked for 15 mins, use almonds or pepitas for cashew-free
  • a good handful of cilantro with tender stems
  • 1 tsp lime juice

Laksa Curry Soup:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • Laksa curry paste from above
  • 2 cups (192 g) sliced white mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup (96 g) sliced carrots
  • 1/2 to 1 cup (91 g) other veggies of choice sliced or chopped small, such as bell peppers, zucchini, broccoli etc
  • 3 cups (705 ml) veggie broth or water
  • 13.5 oz (382.72 ml) can coconut milk about 1.5 cups
  • 6 to 8 oz (6 oz) brown rice noodles uncooked
  • 1 cup (30 g) of chopped spinach or chard
  • salt and cayenne to taste
  • sugar or sweetener if needed
  • cilantro mint for garnish


Make the paste:

  • Toast the coriander and fennel seeds for 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant. Add to a blender or spice grinder and grind to a coarse mixture.

  • Add the rest of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until pasty. Add a tbsp or so water if needed. The paste can be refrigerated for upto a week and frozen for longer..

Make the soup:

  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add all of the curry paste (1/3 to 1/2 cup) and fry for 3 minutes. Stir occasionally. If using premade paste, use a 1/3 cup.

  • Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes.

  • Add the veggies, broth and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Add in the rice noodles and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Fold in the spinach and chard. Taste and adjust salt and heat. I usually add a bit of salt or soy sauce, lime juice and some sugar at this point. Add more coconut milk if needed. Simmer for another few minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro, mint, bean sprouts or crisped tofu and serve.


Nutritional values based on one serving


Nutrition Facts

Vegan Laksa - Malaysian Curry Laksa Soup Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 452Calories from Fat 243

% Daily Value*

Fat 27g42%

Saturated Fat 21g131%

Sodium 170mg7%

Potassium 635mg18%

Carbohydrates 48g16%

Fiber 7g29%

Sugar 7g8%

Protein 8g16%

Vitamin A 5540IU111%

Vitamin C 34mg41%

Calcium 50mg5%

Iron 2.8mg16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Did you make this recipe?Please do leave a comment and rating below.. Tag me on Instagram @veganricha

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  1. Michelle

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    This is one of your best recipes I reckon. So fresh and zingy!! I always do double the paste and then freeze half.
    A winter warmer today in Australia.


    • Vegan Richa Support

      Thank you so much for reviewing! Glad you enjoyed 🙂


    • Pat

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      Michelle, I agree completely. I double the paste too so I always have one in the freezer waiting for me. This soup is like a party in your mouth. Richa should get the Nobel Prize for this one.


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  2. Maïla

    Vegan Laksa - Malaysian Curry Laksa Soup Recipe - Vegan Richa (10)
    Amazing dish! We followed the recipe to a “T” except that we added a little bit more veggies (we used 2 cups of different wild mushrooms, 1 cup green beans, 1 red bell pepper, 1 carrot and 1 zucchini). Also, we had only one cup of coconut milk available so we added some oat milk to complete the required quantity. We used some maple syrup as a sweetener at the end of the cooking.
    It’s a fantastic dish! Both my husband and I said that we’d do it again.
    Thank you for your beautiful and yummy creativity Richa! <3


    • Vegan Richa Support

      hooray! thank you!


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Vegan Laksa - Malaysian Curry Laksa Soup Recipe - Vegan Richa (2024)


What is the difference between laksa and curry laksa? ›

There are three basic types of laksa: curry laksa, asam laksa, and another variant that can be identified as either curry or asam laksa. Curry laksa is a coconut milk curry soup with noodles, while asam laksa is a sour, most often tamarind-based, soup with noodles.

What is laksa soup base made of? ›

In addition to those spices, the basic ingredients of Sarawak Laksa are rice vermicelli, chicken, fried tofu, omelette, bean sprouts, black mushrooms, shrimp, boiled eggs and musk. The broth is made from a mixture of sambal belacan, coconut milk, tamarind juice, garlic, galangal and lemongrass.

What is the difference between Singapore laksa and Malaysian laksa? ›

Actually there is little difference. They were created by Indonesian Nyonya and brought to both these countries by immigrants. We have tried both and find Singaporean laksa more “luak, lemak” in that it has more coconut milk than Malaysian which is more on the piquant lemon taste favoured by our northern neighbour.

How do you thicken laksa soup? ›

You can try to mix in some flour or cornstarch. They both act as a thickening agent. Depending on how big your pot or skillet is, put 1 or 2 tbs of flour or cornstarch in a small bowl and mix it with about 2 tbs of water until it dissolves completely. Then dump it into your soup or sauce.

Is laksa Thai or Malaysian? ›

At its core, laksa is a spiced noodle soup. While it is mostly associated with Malaysia and Singapore, it is also popular in Indonesia and southern Thailand.

Is laksa a soup or curry? ›

Laksa: A Noodle Soup That's Bold on Flavor

The most well-known version of laksa is sometimes called curry laksa and it's made from a paste that combines shallots, garlic, turmeric, lemongrass, candlenut or cashew, and galangal.

What kind of noodles are used in laksa? ›

Noodles – The common noodles found in Laksa is vermicelli noodles (thin white noodles). However, “serious” laksa joints serve laksa with both vermicelli and Hokkien Noodles. Hokkien Noodles are optional – I only use it when making laksa for company. Fried Tofu Puffs – these are fried tofu pieces.

Why is laksa so good? ›

The Laksa is a perfect balance of flavours. The sweet, sour, spicy and sour elements go perfectly well the rice noodles, prawns, tofu puffs and fish meat.

What are the main ingredients in laksa? ›

Laksa is spicy, fragrant noodle soup found across Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It consists of noodles (either wheat noodles, rice vermicelli, or egg noodles/hokkien noodles) in a thick broth made with spices, fresh aromatics, shrimp paste, and coconut milk.

What is the Chinese name for laksa? ›

叻沙 : laksa, spicy no... : lè shā | Definition | Mandarin Chinese Pinyin English Dictionary | Yabla Chinese.

Is laksa Chinese or Thai? ›

Although the exact origin of laksa is unclear, most agree that it was a dish born out of the booming Southeast Asian spice trade in the 16th century, when Chinese traders assimilated into the local communities along the Malay archipelago (what is now modern day Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia).

Is laksa Malay or Chinese? ›

Laksa is a popular Peranakan spicy noodle soup. Peranakan culture is based in Southeast Asia and is a mash-up of Chinese, Malay and Indonesian influences.

Is canned coconut milk the same as coconut cream? ›

Coconut cream is the same thing as coconut milk—coconut meat blended with water—but it contains less water. While coconut milk is thin like cow's milk, coconut cream is thick like whipped cream. You can find this fat-rich cream floating on the top of any canned coconut milk, or you can buy it in a dedicated can.

Will coconut cream thicken a curry? ›

For a rich and creamy curry, coconut milk or cream can be a fantastic thickening agent. They not only add creaminess but also a delightful tropical flavour. Simply pour in some coconut milk or cream and let it simmer until your sauce reaches the desired consistency.

Is it better to thicken soup with flour or cornstarch? ›

It's important to note that cornstarch has twice the thickening power of flour. If you need to substitute cornstarch to thicken liquid in a recipe that calls for ¼ cup (four tablespoons) flour, you only need two tablespoons cornstarch.

What are the different types of laksa? ›

A laksa dish is largely differentiated by the soup (broth) base, either coconut milk-rich and savoury, sour (from tamarind), or combination of the two. Basically, there are three types of laksa: curry laksa, asam laksa, and other variant that are either curry or asam laksa.

Is laksa similar to curry? ›

Laksa is created by peranakans. Peranakan food in the archipelago though heavily influenced by immigrant culture is at its base Javanese/Sumatran cuisine. The spice mix between a typical 'curry' and Laksa is inherently different. To simply say both uses coconut milk is like observing that all beverages use water.

Is a laksa a curry? ›

Curry laksa (also goes by curry mee, laksa lemak, Nyonya laksa) is a much richer rendition with a coconut milk-based broth that's poured over noodles and garnished with tofu puffs, shrimp, and egg. If you hear someone describe a dish as just "laksa," this is usually (but not always) what they're talking about.

What's the difference between laksa and curry paste? ›

I agree that red-tone curry pastes are mostly considered spicy due to use of lot of chilies... but laksa soup is not different and has flavor of chilies yet it is not that hot spicy. Actually the sweetness of coconut milk, and hint of sugar balance the spice and makes Laksa broth savoury.

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