Soups


Ingredients :

Red Pumpkin – 500 Gms.

Leek – 1 Nos.

Red Onion – 1 Nos.

Green Chilli – 1 Nos. (Hot, any variety according to taste)

Garlic – 1 Clove

Cumin + Coriander Powder – 1/4 Tsp.

Garam Masala Powder – 1/4 Tsp.

Olive Oil – 1 Tbsp.

Fresh Cream – 2 Tbsp.

Fresh Coriander – 1/2 Tbsp.

Salt / Sugar – To Taste

Method :

Discard the green part of the leek and slice the white part of the leek. Slice the onion. Mince the green chilli and garlic. Chop the coriander. Cut the pumpkin into 1/2 inch cubes.

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat olive oil. Add the onion, leek, garlic, chilli and saute till translucent. Add the powder masalas and saute but make sure not to burn the masala powders. Now add the pumpkin and saute. Now add about a liter of water (veg/chicken stock can be used but it must be light, like a broth). Cover and cook till the pumpkin can be smashed with the back of a spoon.

Puree and strain the mixture and then pour back into the pan. Season to taste and add the fresh cream. Let it simmer but don’t let it boil. Now add the chopped coriander after 5 minutes and remove.

Serve hot.

P.S. Instead of using coriander and cumin powder and garam masala powder, you can use 1/2 tsp. curry powder.


There is nothing like hot chicken soup on a cold winter evening. I have been a bit busy for the last few months, so was not able to add any new recipes on this blog. So today seemed like the perfect way to start anew. A chicken broth is a very versatile thing…it can be used as a soup by itself, as a base for other soups like cream of chicken/minestrone or as a base for making Risotto. Its use is limited only by your imagination. You can use the regular base of onions, celery and leeks instead of the one below….I made it this way to conform to my mom’s Indian palate. I will be putting up the variations on this blog soon, I hope. [The bones below means the whole carcass, the neck and the wing tips as well.]

Ingredients:

Chicken Bones: 250 gm; Onion:1 no;

Carrot: 1 no; Coriander Stalks: a small bunch;

Garlic: 4 cloves; Ginger: 1/2″;

Cinnamon: 1/2″; Cloves: 3 no;

Black Peppercorns: 4 no; Bay Leaf: 1 no;

Green Chilly: 1 no; Salt to taste;

Chopped Coriander: 1 Tb; Cornflour: 1 Tb.

Method:

Boil the bones with all the ingredients except salt, chopped coriander and cornflour.
Boil for about 45 minutes. Then strain the broth. If there is any meat on the bones, remove it and add to the broth. Add cornflour and salt to taste. Boil till a little thick and remove. Garnish with chopped coriander.