CREMA DE YAUTIA (DASHEEN SOUP) by Charla Harris | Mealz


1 Servings

5 min Prep, 15 min Cook


Allergy Friendly


Rich, creamy root vegetable soup that’s popular in Latin America.
I felt the need to get the ball rolling with this wonderful latin American soup. Crema de yautia also known as malanga. Crema da yautia is a white velvet soup made from a starchy vegetable named taro which Latinos refer to as either Yautia or Malanga. Being from the English speaking Caribbean Island I’ve come to realise that the aforementioned is just another type of dasheen (taro). Only Yautia/Malanga is elongated in shape and a slightly bumpy/patchy brown in texture. The flesh can range from yellow, white, pink or even a purplish hue.
The consistency of crema de yautia is creamy and with a mild nutty taste which imparts from the cooking process. I adapted the recipe according to my preference – adding some homemade vegetable stock with a small amount of thyme. Other soup variations call for stock or simply rely on the coconut milk for enhanced flavour.
This soup is quite dense and very filling – just remember it’s not made from processed foods and all the ingredients are made from scratch.

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Cooking Stages

    • Begin to peel, cut and thoroughly rinse the dasheen (yautia).

    • Pour the vegetable stock into a medium saucepan with the dasheen pieces.

    • Bring to the boil before reducing the flame to medium-low heat then cover with the lid.

    • Cook the dasheen until tender, prick with a folk to determine tenderness (should take roughly 8-10 minutes).

    • Meanwhile sautee the onions and garlic on low-medium heat until slightly golden.

    • Add the sauteed ingredients to the saucepan and stir.

    • Continue to simmer for a further 5 minutes and season with the pink salt, pepper and thyme.

    • Finally stir into the coconut milk.

    • Carefully transfer the hot contents into a food processor or blender. You want to achieve a smooth consistency.

    • Once a smooth consistency is achieved either serve with a pinch of nutmeg or pour the cream into a saucepan to heat further before serving with the nutmeg garnish.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1690 g

Amount Per Serving
Calories 1924 cals96%
% Daily Value*
Kilojoules 8143 kJ96%
Fat 81.6 g125%
Sodium 3435.8 mg149%
Carbohydrate 113.6 g38%
Protein 120.3 g241%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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