Healthy Homemade Soup
A much awaited monsoon brings immense thrill & excitement to everyone, right from the kids to the oldies. The happiness we feel when we embrace the first showers is immeasurable after the sultry hot summer. It spills freshness all around. It makes everything around so beautiful & green; an absolute pleasure for our eyes. Every being on the planet comes back to life and our spirits are at their peak.
I call it a ‘time to rejuvenate’…
Undoubtedly with the change of the season come flavors of the season.
No, I am not talking about that irresistible adrak wali chai with pakoras but soups to warm our soul!!!
As the weather takes a 360 degree turn, my throat becomes sore and my craving for hot liquids goes to the top of the list. For me, apart from relieving my sore throat it works as a great appetizer too. I love soups, I prefer it over any mocktail, soft drinks or any fizzy sugary drinks that come loaded with unnecessary calories. Believe me you can simply elude extra sugar each time you step out for a meal, it makes a lot of difference in the long run.
Soup is a versatile dish, which can be made with broth by adding any kind of meat, sea food, veggies or herb. Many soups are had for their health benefits as well as for the flavor and its revitalizing effects.
Asian soups bring flavors from the world on one table; from Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, China, Mongolia, Vietnam to the Philippines boast some amazing soups.
One can eat soup as a meal. I personally experienced this on my trip to Thailand.
What I observed is that people here start their day with their staple diet, a bowl of rice or some kind of soup with noodles & greens in it.
No matter what time you walk in any shops or malls you will see them truly savoring their meal to the core. They give importance to their meals and find no shame in taking time to savour it fully. No wonder every few meters you will find a food cart.
I have tried some simple Homemade soups which can be quickly made with any ingredients available at home, and the best part is that one can innovate with them as per the availability and stir up a delicious pot of soup.
This is a simple clear soup with few ingredients but will burst with flavor
Simple Clear Soup
Salt & pepper
Simply sauté the finely chopped ginger, garlic & chilly in a wok. Then add in the chopped veggies. Sauté it for a min then add the chicken or veg stock depending upon your choice, then add salt & pepper, a dash of vinegar is optional.
I had added a tastemaker in my second variation which was good too but optional and garnish it with loads of cilantro just when your are about to serve.
And all it takes is 10 min. This soup is detoxifying. My husband doesn’t have a palate for veg soups but on my insistence when he tasted, vhe loved it and asked me to get one bowl for him too… 😉
Some other few favourite soups which I make often are
1 whole chicken with bones
Available herbs at home Basil, thyme, parsley
Salt & pepper
5-6 cups of water
Add everything together into the big pot, cover & simmer it on low for an hour or so. Once all the ingredients are well infused with flavor gently remove the chicken on the pan. One can shred few pieces & add to it or serve it just as it is. Add some noodles too. It might get easier to convince little children for one bowl as I work this trick on my son as he is fond of noodles. This whole hearty soup made with fresh ingredients is simply delicious & excellent for cold & sore throat.
Paya soup known as ( Lamb Trotters ) I simply love it! It’s a fantastic soup packed with nutrients (calcium) & high on flavor.
Lamb trotters (Well washed & thoroughly cleaned)
Ginger – 2 inch
Garlic – 10 cloves
Green Chilies- 5-6
Chickpea flour-1 tbsp. (optional)
Coriander leaves- sprig
Salt & Pepper- as per taste
1 tbsp. oil
Blend ginger, garlic & chilly paste and sauté in oil for a minute then add the lamb trotter’s bones to the pressure cooker & cook it for 5 whistles or 15 -20 min.
Once the pressure is released in another pan sauté lengthwise, finely sliced onions for 3 min then add the stock, trotters,1 tsp chickpea flour (optional) to the stock in a bowl first to prevent any clumps and then to the soup. Add salt & pepper. Garnish it with coriander leaves & serve hot.
Also adding little turmeric in the beginning & chopped curry leaves adds extra zing to the soup that’s how my mother would prepare.
When the bones are sautéed with ginger garlic chilly paste in oil it releases a fantastic aroma and the juices are well infused which brings out the best in a bowl.
A well noteworthy tip is including any sort of clear broth which is flavoured with a few spices and with your choice of veggies & meat, this will bring wholesome nourishment to your soul & body, which is very satisfying and packed with nutrients.
I hope you find these simple homemade recipes fun and easy to make. Now don’t waste any time, quickly indulge in making some hot soups with love and warmth, and serve it hot to your loved ones on a rainy evening.