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.
Add two tomatoes, and a few mint leaves, the mint changes the taste. You could also make this with mutton bones.
Don’t add the garam masala when you pressure cook the soup. Instead, temper with green chilli and some garam masala.
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.