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Cream of Broccoli (Soup)

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Mild winters have started here in Mumbai ,and what better time than this to make hot pipping soup.So today iI have made very simple creamy silky Broccoli soup.

Broccoli belongs to cabbage family,it has long flowering heads and is a very rich source of vitamin C & K.it resembles cauliflower . Mostly Broccoli is steamed or lightly sauted before adding to dishes.

Ingredients :

1 cup Broccoli florets.

1 small Onion  chopped.

6 pods of Garlic.

1 tsp Olive oil.

1/4 tsp Black pepper powder .

Salt to taste.

1/2 cup fresh cream (Optional )

Method :

Heat oil in a pan .

Add crushed garlic and saute till it turns light brown . Add onions and sauté till they turn translucent.

Add broccoli florets , salt and pepper.saute for a min add half cup of water,cover and cook for 5 mins.

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Switch of the gas and let it cool completely .

Pass it through mixie to make a puree.

Strain the pure and heat it till one boil adjust the seasoning.

Add cream and mix well.

Serve immediately .

Happy Cooking  ! ! !

Sameera

 

Tomato Soup

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This is a recipe of authentic tomato soup followed in hotels.usually I mix all the ingredients together, cook for 3 whistles and purée. ….soup ready.

Ingredients

1 tbsp Butter

6 big Tomatoes

1 big Onion, chopped roughly

1/2 tsp Garlic, Chopped roughly

 1 tbsp cornflour dissolved in 1 tbsp water.

1/4 cup Cream

1 tbsp Sugar

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Red chilli powder

Black pepper  to taste

Water – 1 + 2 cups

Method

Boil 3 cups of water in the deep sauce pan. When boiling, drop washed whole tomatoes in the boiling water. Cover with lid. Switch off the gas stove. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes.Drain the water out. Take them out in a plate and peel the skin off the tomatoes. Discard the peels.

Chop the blanched and peeled tomatoes roughly.Keep aside.

In a pan heat butter,add garlic and sauté for 4-5 seconds on low heat, till slightly pinkish. Add onions to the pan now. Sauté for 3-4 minutes on medium flame, till they are soft.

Add chopped tomatoes to the pan,Add 1 cup of water. Cover the lid and cook on medium flame for 7-8 minutes or till tomatoes are soft and cooked.

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Now switch of the gas and add 2 cups of cold water.let it stand for 10 minutes. Once cooled blend this mixture in a  mixie to form soft purée.Now strain the purée through a sieve .

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Put the puree in a pan back on medium fire. Add dissolved Cornflour, salt, red chilli powder,black pepper and sugar to it. Stir it well. Bring it to a boil and then simmer and cook for 3-5 minutes more. Stir 1/4 cup of cream and stir.

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Cook on medium lower flame for 2 more minutes.Remove in serving bowls, garnish with crutons and serve hot.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera

Sweet Corn Vegetable Soup

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Sweet corn is one of the most popular chinese soups. A must try for everyone who loves sweet corn. It is mildly spiced soup, easy to make and does not require too many ingredients. 

Ingredients:

1 tin Sweet corn (Cream style)

1 tin Vegetable stock or plain water.

2 tbsp Cornflour mixed with 1/4 cup water.

1/4 cup chopped and boiled mixed vegetables.(Carrot,peas,cauli flower).

1/2 tsp Vinegar.

Salt to taste.

Method:

In a thick bottom pan,add 1 tin of sweet corn and 1 tin of vegetable stock or water.

Mix well and let it come to boil.

Once it starts boiling add vegetables and salt.

Cook for 2 minutes,add cornflour dissolved in water,mix well and cook for another 2 minutes or till soup thickens .

Add vinegar and mix well.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera

Carrot & Potato Soup

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I am a big fan of soups,I can make soup out of anything and survive on it.

This is the first soup of this monsoon,many more will follow…

Ingredients:

1 cup cleaned,peeled & roughly chopped Carrots.

1/2 cup cleaned,peeled & roughly chopped potatoes.

. 1/2 cup cleaned & roughly chopped Carrots.

1 tbsp Olive oil/ghee/Butter.

1/2 tsp Pepper powder(Black/ White)

Salt to taste.

Method:

In a bowl place all chopped vegetables and cook on high flame in cooker upto 3 whistles.

Let it cool.Remove and pass through mixie to form a puree.

Remove in a thick bottom pan and place on gas,add salt,pepper and butter.

Mix well,let it boil for 2 minutes.

Serve hot.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

Grilled Tomato & Carrot soup

This is very easy to make quick soup made in microwave.

Ingredients:

4 Tomatoes sliced.

2 Carrots sliced.

6 cloves of Garlic.

Salt to taste.

1 tbsp Olive oil.

1/4 tsp Pepper powder.

1/2 tsp Sugar.

Method:

In a non stick oven safe tray.

Arrange tomatoes,carrots and  garlic,add olive oil.

Bake for 20 minutes at 240 degree C in oven.

Remove and let cool.

Blend in a mixie to form puree,add water if required.

Add salt and pepper powder.Heat in a microwave just before serving.

Serve hot.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera

 

Minestrone Soup

Ingredients:

1 & 1/2 cup finely chopped Carrots.

2 tbsp finely chopped Cauli flower.

2 tbsp Green Peas.

1/4 cup finely chopped Potatoes.

3 tbsp finely chopped Cabbage.

2 tbsp Macroni.

1 tbsp Oil.

2 tbsp chopped Onion.

2 Tej Patta ( Bay leaves).

2 tbsp Corn flour dissolved in 1/2 cup water.

2 tbsp chopped Tomatoes.

4 tbsp Tomato puree/ketchup.

1 tsp Oregano.

Salt to taste.

Black pepper powder to taste.

Method:

Combine all vegetables except onion,tomatoes and peas in a food prossessor bowl and chop finely.

Heat oil in a deep bottom pan,add tej patta and onions.

Saute for two minutes.

Add chopped vegetables.Add 3 cups of water,boil for 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes,peas and macroni(I have used shell shaped macoroni).

Let it boil for 3 to 4 minutes more.

Add salt,pepper powder,oregano and tomato puree/ketchup.

Let it boil for some time.

Add cornflour dissolved in water.

Mix well.

Serve hot,with Garlic bread.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.