Category Archives: Soup

Black Bean Soup

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Couple of days back, one of my relatives pinged me and asked have you tried “Black bean soup”. I thought why it didn’t it strike my mind, and told her no. She told her co-sister prepares a delicious ” Black Bean Soup” and sent me the recipe. Based on the ingredients I had in my home I altered the recipe and here is my version

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Ingredients:

Black bean – 3/4 cup

Yellow bell pepper – 1

Onion – 1 , big

Tomato – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp (Adjust according to your taste)

Pergo Tomato garlic basil sauce – 3 tbsp

Water – as needed

Butter – 1 tsp

Olive oil – 1 tsp

Kosher Salt – as needed

Cheese – 2 tbsp

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Method:

  • Wash and Soak the black bean in warm water for 2-3 hours and drain the water. Pressure cook the black bean with 1:2 water for 2 whistles and after the stream releases naturally strain the water

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  • Add oil and butter to the pan, and when its hot add onion; sauté till the onions are translucent. Add tomato and bell pepper and cook till the tomatoes get mushy

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  • Add the cooked black bean and mix well. Add pergo sauce, coriander powder, chilli powder and cumin powder and mix well;cook for 3-5 minutes

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  • Remove the bay leaf and after the mixture comes to room temperature, blend them into fine paste and transfer it to the pan

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  • Add water according to the consistency you desire and cook till the soup thickens. Add cheese and cook till the cheese melts, switch off and enjoy the warm soup

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My Notes

  • Instead of kosher salt, regular salt can also be used
  • Instead of pergo sauce, you can use one garlic pod, one more tomato
  • Can be served with sour cream instead of cheese

Minestrone Soup – Guest post from Vidhya – Vidhya Vegetarian Kitchen

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I have recently started Toddler friendly recipe page and have mentioned about the guest post from Moms. Today we have a guest, My very good friend Srividhya from Vidhya’s Vegetarian Kitchen. Ever since we knew each other I have a good rapport with her. More than blogging, I remember having lot of general and personal chat with her. Usually if I have any doubts about the food I give for my toddler or any general toddler related questions  she is one among few with whom I discuss. I told about this guest post and she instantly accepted, gave me three options and being a Minestrone soup fan I opted for this recipe.

Vidhya’s Postpartum Recipes, Festive special, Leftover Ideas, Neivediyams/Prasadams are some of my favorites. Her simple style of cooking and expressive intro about recipes are something I love about her space. I have a big list of todo recipes from her space. I can continue writing about SriVidhya but soup is waiting

Sri says,

When Vidya asked me for guest post, I was really elated and humbled and when the theme was “Toddler food” I couldn’t say no for sure. Also when Vidya asks, how can this Vidhya say No? 🙂 Vidya was my first virtual friend from the food blogging community. What do I say about her and her blog? The blog name says it all – Traditionally Modern Food. I love all her recipes and especially the baked versions of thattai, vadai and other delicacies. Its in my todo list and will be trying them soon. I got a chance to meet her also. A fun person to be with and the other thing that I like about her is she readily shares her tips that she follows for posting and stuff. Now tell me who will do that?? I am glad to find a friend for life. Wishing her good luck for all her future endeavours.

Now coming to the recipe, I have mentioned many times in my blog that my kiddo loves soup. In my opinion, soups are best ways to sneak in the vegetables.

Initially I used to give him pureed soups and then started chunky soups. The veggie chunks soaked in the soup broth is easier to chew and a great way to introduce vegetables. The Minestrone soup is a famous Italian soup and its one of the famous dish in the Olive Garden – Italian chain restaurant in US. Whenever we go there, we have this soup for sure. Its loaded with veggies, beans and pasta. I have tried similar kind with Indian spices but here is the recipe with Italian spices. Its a filling soup and you can pack this for lunch too along with some sandwich.

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Ingredients:

  • Shallots: 4

  • Celery – 2 stalks

  • Carrot – 2

  • Zucchini – 2

  • Tomatoes – 3 to 4

  • Red kidney beans – 1 can

  • White cannellini beans – 1/2 can

  • Vegetable broth – 1 can (32 oz)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 2 tbsps

  • Shell Pasta – 1 cup

  • Dried Oregano – 1 tsp

  • Dried Basil – 1 tsp

  • Salt – 1 tsp

  • Freshly crushed pepper – 1 tsp

  • Grated cheese while serving – as required (Parmesan will go well, but you can choose your favorite)

  • Water – 4 cups

Steps:

  • Boil the three tomatoes in 4 cups of water till the skin peels off. It will take upto 12-15 minutes

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  • While the tomatoes are getting done, chop the shallots, celery, carrots and zucchini.

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  • Let the tomatoes cool, peel the skin and chop them into chunks.

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  • Heat the pan and add oil.

  • Once the oil is hot, add the onions and saute till they are translucent.

  • Now add the chopped veggies, oregano, basil and salt and Mix well.

  • Let it cook for up to 3-4 minutes.

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  • Now add the tomato chunks and mix well.

  • Add the pasta and vegetable broth.

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  • Let the pasta cook in the vegetable broth for 8-10 minutes till they are all done.

  • Finally add the beans and crushed pepper and let it cook for another 3 minutes.

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Thats it. Yummy soup is ready. Serve hot with shaved/grated cheese and bread.

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Notes:

1) You can use regular onion instead of shallots. The traditional recipe doesn’t call for shallots though.

2) If you notice I went with store bought beans and broth. You can make them from scratch too. Soak a handful of beans and pressure cook it by adding 1/4 tsp of salt. Similarly whenever I do kootu, I save the boiled veggie water and use it as broth. But if I don’t have it in hand I go for store bought.

3) You can also use canned tomatoes and that gives you the red color to the soup.

4)I prefer Low Sodium canned products and when you use the canned beans rinse them before adding it to the soup and adjust the salt accordingly

Creamy Broccoli Soup – Guest Post for Sujatha

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Couple of months back my friend Sujatha from SpicesNTreat asked me for a guest post, I happily accepted:-)

It took me a while (more than that;-)) to send her the recipe. With my LO running around my legs its difficult to capture pictures and draft. The moment I take the camera he comes behind me:-) Luckily my friends understand my position and do not mind the delay.

I have 2 more posts pending to be sent for my friends, hope I will manage to send it soon:-)

Coming back to this guest post, Few words from Sujatha about her space

“My blog is all about simple and interesting vegetarian recipes and related stories”

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Hop on to her space for the recipe:

http://spicesntreats.blogspot.com/2015/01/creamy-broccoli-soup-guest-post-by-vidya.html?m=1

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Ingredients:

Broccoli – 1, big cut into florets

Onion – 1/2, thinely sliced

Garlic – 1 pod

Potato – 1, small peeled and cut into big chunks

Water – 2 cups

Butter – 1 tsp

Olive oil – 1 tsp

black pepper – to taste

Kosher Salt – as needed

Heavy whipping cream – 3 tbsp

Cheese – 3 tbsp

Method:

  • Add oil and butter to the pan, and when its hot add onion and garlic, sauté till the onions are translucent
  • Add broccoli and potato and sauté for 2 -3 minutes. Add water and cover the lid. Cook till the vegetables are fork tender and switch off. Let it come to room temperature. Put the vegetables in a mixie/ blender along with little vegetable stock and puree them to a smooth texture. Keep the remaining vegetable stock in the pan

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  • Transfer the puree to the same pan containing vegetable stock, mix well. Add salt, pepper, and cream. Cook in low heat to avoid curdling. Add cheese and cook till the cheese melts, switch off and enjoy the warm soup

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My Notes:

  • Instead of broccoli, cauliflower can also be used
  • Instead of cream, milk can be used
  • If you decide to go vegan, use avocado for the creamy texture and replace butter with oil
  • Instead of kosher salt, regular salt can also be used

Sugar Snap Peas Soup

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In Genghis grill, I had sugar snap peas for the first time. Genghis grill is a Mongolian Stir fry restaurant. I liked the flavor of Sugar snap peas, it was a bit sweeter than the regular peas. I bought some Sugar snap peas with the intention of doing Stir fry. But I got inspired by lot of green soup recipes and wanted to try a soup with Sugar snap peas. It turned out to be healthy and flavorful! I used avocado for the creaminess, thereby eliminating the need to use corn flour or other thickening agents.

Sugar Snap Peas Soup

Preparation Time: 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves: 4

Recipe Category: Appetizers & Snacks

Ingredients:

Sugar Snap peas –  1 cup + 1/2 cup, trimmed

Avocado – 1/2

Olive oil – 1 tsp

Shallots – 5

Garlic – 1 pod

Lemon Juice – 1/8 tsp

Italian Seasoning/Pepper – as needed (I used Italian Seasoning)

Salt – as needed

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Method:

  • Add oil to a pan. When oil is hot, add the shallots and garlic, and cook till onion becomes translucent.  Add sugar snap peas and saute for 3-5 minutes. Add water and close the lid . Cook until snap peas are tender

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  • Puree the cooked items in a blender. Peel and pit the avocado and add it to the peas mixture along with lemon juice and salt. Blend until smooth, adding more vegetable broth or water (I added Water). if the soup is too thick. Add seasoning to the soup. Taste and adjust seasonings/pepper if desired. Serve the soup, after garnishing with roasted bread

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My Notes:

  • I have used the water in which the snap peas were cooked. Instead, vegetable broth can also be used
  • Since Avocado tends to oxidize, I have used lemon juice
  • Butter or cheese can be added to give richness to the soup
  • Avocado can be used with any soup for getting the creaminess in the soup

Taking this Soup to  the  “Soups with SS” hosted by two lovely ladies, Shruti @Cooking with SJ and Sonal @ Simply Vegetarian 777.

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Sending  this recipe to First virtual Vegan linky potluck.