Simple soups for a (silly) Toddler

I make so many variations of a veg/ chicken soup for my two-year-old pumpkin, that I’ve had to write them down, so I don’t forget.

(All these soups are strained, so they go in quickly and she doesn’t lose interest, suddenly jumping off my lap to hurtle across the room – silly, but true). Don’t over cook, to preserve the nutrients.

She loves the red soup.

Before I temper any of the veg soups, I take a cupful and add it to the atta being kneaded for the day’s chappatis. This makes them delicious!

Veg soup 1/ chicken soup 1:

  • Pressure cook for one whistle: one big carrot, a handful of beans, one potato (chopped fine), one tomato, one small onion, one piece of ginger, 2 cloves of garlic, a few sprigs of coriander leaves, one clove, one tiny piece of cinnamon stick, one elaichi, a little salt.
  • Add chicken bones to the mix above, when you’re pressure cooking, for a non veg option. (add a dash of lime at the end, if u want)
  • Strain till your hands fall off?, (you should be left with just a tiny ball of rough fibre.) temper with butter/ ghee, a snipped-off green chilli, a pinch of pepper and salt.

Other veggies to add:

  • White or yellow pumpkin, a few peas.

Variation 1:
Add two tomatoes, and a few mint leaves, the mint changes the taste. You could also make this with mutton bones.

Variation 2:
Don’t add the garam masala when you pressure cook the soup. Instead, temper with green chilli and some garam masala.

Variation 3:
Add moong dal and / or rice, to make it healthier.

Veg soup 2: A lovely green soup

  • Pressure cook for one whistle: one big bunch palak, one potato (chopped fine), one tomato, one small onion, 4 cloves of garlic, a few sprigs of coriander leaves, one clove, one tiny piece of cinnamon stick.
  • Temper with pepper and salt. Mix in some milk and cheese, just before you serve.

Veg soup 3: A lovely red soup

  • Pressure cook two big carrots chopped, 5 tomatoes, one potato, one onion, a few sprigs of mint, two cloved of garlic, a small piece of tej patta and cinnamon stick.
  • Season with salt, a generous spoon of sugar and pepper, and a little butter, add milk just before serving.
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