Spinach Soup – My Delicacy on a Lazy Tuesday Evening

Hello friends! The winter has set its roots firmly at few places! How has it been received at your end? Mysore is at its best with a very cool and pleasant weather. It so happens that you feel very lazy to do anything in this weather. However, to curb the cold to some extent, I decided to make something nutritious as well as tasty. That is when I realized nothing can beat a tasty-spicy Spinach Soup. Many people hate spinach, especially kids. So if you want them to have something healthy you can give it to them. Every time my delicacy is tasted by my folks only. But this time with my aunts around, I had a huge demand for what I was about to make.
Without wasting a single moment let me rush through what goes into the making of this delicious soup.

Ingredients
 
4 bunches of Spinach
1 inch long Cinnamon Stick (powdered)
1 tsp Jeera
3 Garlic flakes (roughly chopped)
2 onions roughly chopped
15-17 peppercorns (powdered)
¼ cup milk (or fresh cream)
1 tbsp Salted butter (I used Nutrilite)
Salt (as per requirement)
Method
 
Heat butter in pan until it melts. Add the cinnamon powder and fry for a minute. Add Jeera and fry for a minute. Then add garlic and fry. Finally add the onions, salt and fry until it turns golden brown. Add the spinach and fry for a minute and add water (sufficient to bring the spinach to boil). After the spinach changes its color, remove from stove and cool it at room temperature. Then grind the mixture (do not drain the water from the mixture before grinding, grind it along with the water).
Take the mixture in a vessel and bring to boil. Add milk and pepper powder and mix well and remove from flame.
Super delicious and healthy Spinach Soup is ready to relish on!
How many of you will give it a try on a rainy evening? Let me know.
I will be back soon with something different as always. Till then, take care and enjoy the winter!
 
Cheers!!!
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Tomato Soup – What a Challenging Saturday!

Hey friends! It feels good to sneak into my space soon. Being a Saturday, a holiday, what else can one ask for – A Perfect Day, Right? So was my day – A perfect one, when it began. After completing my routine stuffs I was just immersed in reading a book, when suddenly I felt like eating Tomato Soup. One bad habit I have is, if I feel like eating something I keep feeling restless until I eat it. So I decided to make it. The thrill of making the soup was my mom’s absence. She wasn’t at home and I just gave it a thought, what a surprise it would be for her when she is back. So I didn’t waste a single moment and went on to make a- so- called- delicious -tomato- soup (it turned out to be delicious). In the course of making the soup I had a splatter of Tomato Puree all over me (very common thing to happen with me whenever I make Tomato Soup). This is the second time I made tomato soup and I must mention that both the times I’ve had splatter of tomato puree over me because of the mixer (exactly due to not closing the mixer lid properly). It was a truly Challenging Saturday for me as I had to clean up the mess on myself as well as in the kitchen before my mom turned up!
Now let’s just have a sneak peek into what goes into the making of the tomato soup.

Ingredients

2 tomatoes (quartered)
1 carrot (diced)
1 onion (roughly chopped)
13-15 pepper corns
5 garlic cloves (roughly chopped)
1 tbsp butter (I used Nutrilite)
4 teaspoons of Corn flour mixed with water
About 1 – 2 cups water (as per our requirements based on the thickness we wish to bring in the soup)
Salt as per requirement
Method

Melt butter in a pan. Add garlic and pepper corns and fry for a minute. Then add onions and fry till it turns transparent. Then add in the diced carrot and tomatoes. Fry for a minute or so. Then add in 1 cup of water and salt, mix well, close the lid and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Then remove from flame and keep it aside. Let it cool completely.

After the mixture cools, grind it in a mixer and add the remaining water, if need be (but make sure you do not commit the mistake I committed, I know you guys are not foolish like me).

Strain the mixture, add corn flour mixture and bring it to boil. The delicious tomato soup is ready to relish.
You can top your soup with a teaspoon of butter and powdered peppercorns.
PS: To get a bright red colored tomato soup all you need to do is add a small piece of beetroot. However, as I didn’t have it readily available at home, I did not add it.
It’s very simple to make. So why back out! Just give it a try and you will surely like it.
I will get back with a review at the earliest.

Till then, Cheers!!!

Sweet Corn and Vegetable Soup – My Independence Day Experiment


Hello friends! Here I come once again this week. First of all wishing you all a very happy 67thIndependence Day! It feels so nice to be a part of this beautiful nation. So how have you all been celebrating the day? Pretty lot of activities, I suppose. As I had a day off today (I mean, it’s obvious to have a day off), I decided to experiment with cooking today. I wanted to do something simple (because I didn’t want to spend lot of time in the kitchen). After a lot of thought process in action, I decided to make a simple Sweet Corn Vegetable Soup. I searched for recipes on the net and as always finally came out with my version of it. I can safely say that the soup is my version because I don’t literally follow what’s given in the recipe. I make a note of the ingredients and add it as per my wish and desire. Sweet Corn with Vegetable Soup happens to be my all time favorite. But I never knew that it was simple to make. When I got to know it was very simple, I decided to give it a try.
To make things simpler for me, my mom had all the vegetables chopped and sweet corn boiled even before I thought which vegetables to add. So things were very simple for me. 
What you need
1 cup boiled sweet corn kernels
1 cup mixed vegetables boiled (any vegetable of your choice- carrot, cabbage, green peas and beans is what I chose)
5 cups vegetable stock
3-5 tablespoons of corn flour mixed in ¼ cup of the above mentioned vegetable stock (usage of corn flour depends on your choice of thickness of the soup)
1 tablespoon Nutralite Butter
2-3 tablespoons of powdered black pepper
Salt as per taste
Method
Take the vegetable stock and add the boiled sweet corn to it and cook for about 7 minutes. Then, add the boiled vegetables and cook for 5 minutes. To this add the corn flour mixture and salt and bring it to boil. Add butter and 1 tablespoon of powdered black pepper. Remove from flame; garnish it further with powdered pepper (if and only if you like your soup hot and spicy). Indulge yourself completely in its rich and delicious flavor.
One thing I noticed after boiling the vegetables is the choice of vegetables. Today being Independence Day I had Saffron, White and Green (Carrot, Cabbage, Green Peas and Beans) in soup! So I celebrated Independence Day in a unique way! Above all, I victimized all of them who came home today, which includes my uncle, cousin and obviously my mom and grand mom; but somehow my dad escaped from my clutches today…
The soup doesn’t require any special ingredient. All the ingredients are readily available at home! So why should you deprive yourself of the pleasure of indulging in this nutritious soup. Go ahead and give it a try.
Have a wonderful time…
Cheers!!