Thermobexta’s Vegetarian Laksa


An updated version of this great recipe can be found in my cookbook, Thermobexta Main Meals Made Easy, which you can check out here.

I’ve been wanting to create a great thermo vegetarian laksa for as long as I’ve had my machine! So a couple of weeks ago I set about doing just that. Well, I am super dooper happy with this and I really hope you like it as much as we do!


200g red onion, quartered
50g coriander (leaves, stems and roots)
40g coconut oil
40g water
30g ginger, sliced into thin coins
20g macadamia nuts
6 garlic clove
5 birds eye chillis, stems removed (reduce this if you don’t want it spicy, or increase if you love it hot hot hot!)
2 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
15g lemon grass, trimmed, cut into 1cm lengths
1 tsp granulated sea salt

200g bean thread noodles or rice vermicelli
400g tin coconut cream (you will get the best results with Ayam brand)
800g water
1 tsp Himalayan salt
250g firm tofu
250g carrots, sliced into coins
150g green beans, cut to 5cm lengths
15g lime juice

To serve
bean sprouts (around 1/3 – 1/2 cup per bowl)
coriander leaves
spring onion, sliced
tomato, cubed
cucumber, cubed
lime, cut into wedges
chilli, sliced


1. Place all paste ingredients into mixer bowl. Blitz for 2 minutes/speed 8/MC on, stopping half way to scrape sides of bowl. Repeat.

2. Transfer half of the paste mixture to a jar. This is enough to make a second batch of Laksa – cover the surface of the paste with oil before sealing the jar, refrigerate and use within 2 weeks. Alternatively you can freeze for months.

3. To the paste that is left in mixer bowl, add 50g of the coconut cream.  Saute for 6 minutes/steaming temperature/speed soft/MC on.

4. Add remaining coconut cream, water and salt. Cook for 10 minutes/100/speed 1/MC on.

5. Add tofu, carrots, beans and lime juice to the soup. Cook for 12 minutes/100/reverse/speed soft/MC on.

6. While the soup is cooking, place noodles into a bowl and cover completely with boiling water. Leave for 2-3 minutes, or until cooked. After this time, strain the water off and place noodles in serving bowls.

7. Pour hot soup over noodles, evenly distributing all ingredients between the bowls.  Top each serving with bean sprouts, coriander, spring onion, tomato, cucumber, lime and chilli.

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4 years ago

Love this recipe! One of our family favourites. I make the paste and freeze half in a snap lock bag for another time.

6 years ago

Made this last night – fabulous – and having the “second-half-of-the-first-batch” tonight! Popped back to post this tip on how to quickly prep the fresh ingredients: throw the tomatoes (quartered) and the cucumber (cut into 5cm or so sticks), the spring onions and any other veg you want to add as fresh (eg: asparagus stems, zucchini) and chop at speed 4 for 10 seconds (or less if you want more chunky). Do this before making the paste or the soup – or before you reheat – and no need to wash out the mixing bowl, plus everything is ready once… Read more »

Joanne Whittington
6 years ago

seriously the flavour in this is awesome! I love the time saving aspect of the double batch of paste. Way to go Bec thank you for sharing 🙂

7 years ago

Hi can the noodles be found at a regular shop? Cheers Jo

7 years ago

Stunning, my 3 kids 7, 4.75 and my lil lady whose 2nd birthday dinner I made this for tonight devoured it to my utter surprise! My mum couldn’t stop raving how I have out done myself, I did remind her it wasn’t my recipe 😉 Thx again Bec just beautiful, can’t wait to use the left over past xxx oh and ps I made a zillion mistakes through distraction so if I followed it to a tee OMG I can’t even imagine!

7 years ago

Made this for the first time tonight and the whole family loved it. I reduced the chilli to one, and added a dish of extra chilli on the table for those who like more heat to add to their own bowl. Also increased the lime juice and added some fish sauce (so not technically vegetarian any more). My paste didn’t really grind up smooth so I ended up straining the laksa into the serving bowls as my kids are funny about ‘bits’. Aside from being delicious you could really feel this soup doing you good. Very comforting.

7 years ago
Reply to  Natasha

I just wanted to add that my fifteen year old daughter was coming down with a cold the night I made this. She said it felt really good on her sore throat as she ate it, and actually asked if I would make her some more with the leftover paste to take to school in a thermos the next day. I did so, sending the fresh bits in a container for her to add at the time of eating. She has recovered much more quickly from her cold than usual and I actually wonder if all the anti- inflammatory properties… Read more »

Nicki Dunsmore
Nicki Dunsmore
7 years ago

Delicious! Will definitely be making this again, whole family loved it, Thanks Bec

7 years ago

Love this recipe. I added Lamyong vegan “prawns” to this dish along with the tofu the first time I made it and added smoked tofu the second time. Great flavour palette. I love a good hot laksa so added more chilli the second time. I also steamed some bok Choy and some fresh garlic shoots in the varoma during the last 8 minutes of cooking.

Kirsten Trethowan
7 years ago

Cooked this tonight for the first time and LOVED it! Very tasty and authentic. Will be making it again next week with the remaining paste. I also added zucchini and capsicum 🙂

Claire T
Claire T
7 years ago

We thought this laksa was delicious, with the added plus that it was quite easy to make. I omitted the tofu and added some chicken tenderloins. Looking forward to using the spare paste next week.
I agree with the comment above about putting the basket on the top during the cooking of the water and coconut cream.
thanks for another great , healthy recipe

Hi, I'm Bec

I specialise in great tasting vegetarian Thermomix recipes and cater for a wide range of dietary needs. I love sharing here and in my cookbooks my healthy, delicious recipes (of course the odd treat too!) Whether you're looking to ignite your thermo mojo, or just after some new, really tasty family friendly recipes, there really is something here for everyone



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