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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

Baked Bread Rolls

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In our home both hubby and I like to have Snacks with tea. Though I like deep fried snacks, the calories in them causes some worry! Had half loaf of bread, so thought of trying something with that. I generally bake bread whenever I use them in vegetable biryani, bread upma and other dishes. This time I wanted to keep some stuffing and bake it. Crispy snack is ready, with minimal oil.

Baked Bread Rolls

Preparation time: 5 Minutes | Cooking time:  30 Minutes | Makes : 6 pieces

Category: Snacks

Ingredients:

Bread – 6 slices (I used multi grain wheat bread, but wheat and white bread can also be used)

Oil/Cooking spray – I used PAM olive oil spray to grease and little oil to brush

Potato Masala:

Potato – 2, medium sized

Peas – 2 tbsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Fennel(Sombu) powder – a pinch

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/8 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp

Oil – 1 tsp

Salt – as needed

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Method :

Potato Masala:

  • Cut the potato into half and boil the potatoes (I microwaved them for 7 minutes). Peel the skin and mash them (You can use a fork to mash)

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  • Add 1 tsp of oil to a pan. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds. Add onions and saute till onions are cooked. Add garam masala, red chilli powder, fennel seed powder, turmeric powder and allow it to cook for a minute. Add mashed potato and peas, and cook covered for 2-3 mins. Switch off and keep the stuffing aside

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Bread Roll:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit
  • Trim the edges of the bread and roll them as thin as you can with a chapathi roller. Add approx 1 tbsp of stuffing in the middle, and seal the edges with little water

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  • Take a baking tray and put parchment paper on top. Use some cooking spray on the paper, and brush little oil on  both sides of bread rolls. Bake for 8-10 mins. Turn over and cook for another 8-10 minutes, till the rolls turn golden brown. Serve it with ketchup/ranch

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My Notes:

  • The timing differs from oven to oven, so keep an eye after 8 minutes
  • You can add ghee to make them rich
  • Any vegetable of your choice can be added in the stuffing
  • Can grill them instead of baking

Bruschetta

Bruschetta is one of our favorite Italian starters. Whenever we visit Italian restaurants, Bruschetta is our default order. Some dishes are easy to cook and have minimal ingredients – bruschetta is one among them. Image Bruschetta: Preparation Time: 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves: 2 Recipe Category: Appetizers & Snacks

Ingredients: 

Garlic Bread – 7 slices

Garlic – 2 pods, Finely Minced

Red Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint, Halved Lengthwise

Dry basil – 1 tsp (Fresh basil is preferred. Since I didn’t  have them, I used dry basil)

Salt – as needed

Italian Seasoning – 1/2 tsp (Optional)

Olive oil – 1/2 tsp

Method:

  • Add olive oil to the skillet, over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir for about a minute. When garlic becomes golden brown, switch off the stove. Add tomato, salt and basil, give a gentle mix.  Transfer into a mixing bowl and allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two, if possible

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  • Before serving, give the tomato mixture a final stir, and spoon generously over the slices of Garlic bread

Image   Image My Notes:

  • I have used Grape tomatoes. You can also use chopped regular tomatoes/cherry tomatoes
  • I have tossed the tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes can be used as well

I tried this with French bread. It can be made with any other bread.