Soups

Red Beet Soup

After a long time, we bought red beet. I prepared the usual side dish.He said, “Wah!!! its nice. Beet is good for health”. I was beaming with pride as I always do when he likes and appreciates the food. Then he continued, “Why dont you prepare beet soup, it tastes too good”.

I was surprised, I never heard of beat soup, so i said “I have never heard of beet soup, I can’t even imagine how it would taste”.
“Just give it a try, you will like it”.

After 2-3 days, at lunch time,
“I have prepared a new dish today, but I donno how it will taste”.

He, “Its okay. Let me see what is it”
“Dont get scared, it does not look edible”
Then I served the soup,
He, “Oh my god!!! what is it??”
“You told me to prepare beet soup, I had never heard of it. Now eat it!!”
He silently ate it, then
“Its too good, Wah!!!”
I felt so happy to be successful in my adventure. So thought of sharing that recipe here.
The picture I have taken hasn’t come well. But I do not want to wait until I prepare it the next time. So bear with me.

Ingredients:
Grated red beet 1 cup
Coriander leaves 2-3 strands
Cumin powder 1/2 tea spn
Butter 1 tea spn
Pepper powder 1/2 tea spn
Grated ginger 1/2 tea spn
Salt As per taste

Method:
Heat butter and add ginger, beet. Fry for 2-3 min. Grind with coriander leaves to a very fine paste.
Add 4 cups of water and bring it to boil. Add cumin powder, pepper powder and salt. Serve hot.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 20min

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Mushroom and vegetable Soup

This time when I went to Price choppers, I saw mushrooms and could not restrain myself from buying them. I love mushroom curry, mushroom pulav or anything made of mushrooms.

After trying all my usual recipes, I still had some remaining in my refrigerator. So thought of trying out something new.

From last one or two months, I prepare different kind of soups almost alternative days.

Actually I have got big collection of recipes with me these days…Thanks to my pappa(daddy), who had cut all the recipes from kannada weekly magazines(like Tharanga, Sudha) and neatly bound it into a book. I think it has more than thousand recipes. I call it my “recipe bible”. Along with so many recipes, it has other information like household remedies for small problems, beauty tips etc. Only problem is there is no index in the book. So the next task in my “to-do” list is to create an index into that book.

Needless to say, I have picked up this recipe from that book and made some modifications which will suite our taste.

Ingredients:
Mushrooms (cut into pieces) 1 cup
Tomato 2
Carrot 1/2
Potato 1
Cabbage pieces 1/2 cup
Garlic 2
Ginger 1″ piece
Cinnamon(dalchini) powder 1/2 tea spn
Pepper powder 1/2 tea spn
Butter 2 tea spns
Salt as per taste

Method:
Cook carrot pieces, cabbage, tomato, potato, ginger and garlic in cooker adding 4-5 cups of water. Grind them to get a smooth mixture.
Heat butter and add mushroom pieces. Fry till mushrooms are cooked. Add the ground soup and all other ingredients. Cook for 5 min to get a thick soup. Serve hot.

Serves : 4
Preparation time : 30min

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Spring Onion Soup

I read this somewhere. They were using palak and other leaves also for this. But I had only spring onions. I usually bring a lot of different vegetables whenever I go to market. I never think what I can cook with those vegetables. Then while cooking I do some R & D and make something out of it. Sometimes it comes out well, but most of the times, it straight away goes into dustbin. Usually I post the recipes here, only if I feel they are edible.

Ingredients:
Spring Onions 1 small bunch
Milk ½ cup
Butter 1 tbl spn
Pepper powder ¼ th tea spn
Salt

Method:
Heat butter and fry chopped spring onions for 3-4minutes. Grind the fried onions. Add sufficient water, milk and bring it to boil. Add salt and pepper powder. Serve hot.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 15min

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Tomato soup

Before learning this, I used to make soup from the ready made packs. But it is always good to make it fresh than making from ready made powder. This I learnt from Ajji(Mrs Diwan, unfortunately I forgot her name, used to always refer to her as Amit’s ajji). Ofcourse I have done some modifications to it, since I could not remember the exact recipe told by her ;).

Ingredients:
Tomatoes 4
Potato(small) 1
Ginger 1″ piece
Garlic 2 flakes
Corn flour or maida 1 tbl spn
Pepper powder 1/2 tea spn
Maggi taste maker(optional) 2 cubes
Fresh cream(Optional) 1 tea spn
Bread cubes(fried in oil or ghee)(Optional) 10
Salt

Method:
Cook tomatoes, pealed potatoes, ginger, garlic(if more ginger-garlic is added, the soup gets spoiled) in sufficient water. Cool & grind to a smooth paste using the water used for cooking. (There should not be any lumps).
Boil water & add taste maker. When they are dissolved, add the tomato paste. Add sufficient water and salt. Bring it to boil. Add some water to corn flour(or maida), make a smooth paste & add this to soup stirring continuously. Add the pepper powder.
While serving, add cream & bread pieces(directly into soup bowl).

Serves : 3
Preparation time : 20min

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