Thursday, January 21, 2010


Soups-Green n Healthy

Here are some recipes using green vegetables...But before that some tips:
  • Use fresh greens. They should be green, healthy and not infested with bugs or insects.
  • Clean the greens thoroughly to remove dirt etc.
  • Better to separate the leaves or sprigs form the bunch and wash it thoroughly under running water.
  • While cooking them, cover the vessel with lid.

Spinach (Palak) Soup

Spinach (Plalak)    one big bunch/1-2 cups (chopped)
Onion   1
Garlic flakes   5-6
Milk   1 cup
Refined flour (Maida)    2 Tbsps
Pepper (black) powder   1/2 tsp-1 tsp
Sugar  1 tsp
Salt To taste
Oil    1Tbsp to 1and1/2 Tbsps
Butter 2 to 2 -1/2 Tbsp

  • Clean spinach thoroughly
  • Chop finely spinach, onion and garlic, separately
  • Heat oil or melt butter in a thick bottomed deep vessel Add onion and garlic. Fry till the onion turns golden colour
  • Now add chopped spinach and fry till it is cooked or becomes soft
  • Add refined flour and fry till it loses its raw taste/smell
  • Now add one and half cup water, mix well. Add salt sugar and pepper powder, mix well. Cook for few minutes
  • Cool and liquidise the mixture
  • Add one cup of water and milk
  • Mix well and heat it. Bring to a boil
  • Serve hot with a dollop of cream or grated cheese

Spinach N Lentil Soup (Palak Dal Soup)

Spinach (Palak)  one big bunch/1-2 cups (chopped)
Pegeon pea (Tuvar/Masoor Dal)    }
or                                                  } 1/2 cup
Split green gram (dhuli Moong dal) }
Tomatoes       3
Onion            1 (big)
Garlic flakes   5-6
Milk               1 cup
Red chilly powder  1/2 tsp-1 tsp
Sugar    1 tsp
Salt      To taste

  • Clean spinach thoroughly
  • Chop finely spinach, onion, tomatoes and garlic separately
  • Add 5 -7 cups of water to the chopped vegetables and lentil
  • Cook in a pressure cooker
  • Churn/mash it well with churn stick or liquidize it.
  • Mix well and heat it. Add red chilly powder, salt and milk. Bring to a boil.
  • Serve hot with a dollop of cream or grated cheese or finely chopped coriander greens..

Mint (Pudina) Soup

Mint leaves         1 big bunch
Green chilly         1
Ginger                 1/2 inch piece
Vinegar               1/2 Tbsp
Butter                 1 Tbsp
Pepper powder  1/2 tsp
Salt                    To taste

  • Grate or grind ginger to a paste.
  • Similarly, grind together, pepper powder and green chilly to a fine paste
  • Separate Mint leaves, wash and grind to a paste.
  • Heat butter in a pan, add ginger paste. Fry for a minute or two.
  • Add water, chilly paste, salt, pepper chilly paste and vinegar. Mix well and bring to a boil
  • Add the mint paste. Cook for a few minutes.
  • Serve hot.

Spring Onion (Pyaz patta) Soup

Spring Onions     1 bunch
Onion                 1 medium sized
Potato grated      2-3 Tbsps
Grated Cheese    2 Tbsps
Thick cream        3-4 Tbsps
Butter                 2 tbsps
Sugar                 1 tsp
Pepper powder   To taste
Salt                    To taste

  • Wash and clean the spring onions thoroughly
  • Chop them finely. Keep one - two table spoons of the finely chopped greens of the spring onion separately for garnishing
  • Chop onion finely
  • Melt butter in a deep but heavy bottomed vessel
  • Add onions and fry till they turn pink in colour
  • Now add grated potato, spring onion, mix well and fry for few minutes
  • Add a cup of water, salt, pepper, cover with lid and cook for five minutes on low flame
  • Remove from fire cool and then liquidise
  • Again heat this along with 2 cups of water till it begins to boil
  • Serve Hot garnished with spring onion greens and grated cheese

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