Yesterday was a sunny day and it was a warm day in itself. But today’s morning chill made me crave for a fresh bowl of soup. Since I had heavy dinner yesterday, I planned for a simple clear soup. The best thing about the vegetable clear soup is you may add any available vegetables and there is not much of an issue over the type and quantity of the veggies. Essentially it absorbs the aroma and essence of all vegetables in a simple way. I just checked my kitchen and it had various varieties like onion, garlic, tomato, Peas( Matar) cauliflower(Phool Gobhi), capsicum, Bathua (Chenopodium album), Radish.
You may add your choice of vegetables. Also we may add mushrooms, cabbage, Broccoli, carrots, red / yellow bell peppers. The idea is to boil all the vegetables in an open pan (with lid) and let all vegetables leave their aroma in water and be mushy. Once they are mushy, we may sieve the water (which may not very thick in consistency), also called the VEGETABLE STOCK. We may add corn flour to make it thicken. However, I avoid the use of it and instead I add one or two potato to make a thicker soup. Although, this time I liked to have it as thin soup as it aids in digestion. I experimented with adding fried cauliflower florets in it with a tinge of lemon juice and garnished with coriander leaves and I must admit it was an awesome one. My family liked it a lot.
This vegetable soup helps lose weight and keeps you full with nutrients and fiber of the veggies used in making of it. Talking about nutrition, Bathua being available in winters, is rich in iron, calcium, potassium and fibre. It has lot of water content and fibre which makes us full and being a laxative it helps in constipation too. Its a perfect choice for people on diet as its low calorie high fibre food. A hot Bathua Parantha with white butter at top and Dahi(Curd) is an awesome breakfast. Those on diet plan, can have it as a chapati with Subji and dahi.
My kitchen is aromatic with these wonderful veggies and holding this bowl in hand, I feel that it tastes good too. Which vegetables you would be using in making your bowl of Clear Soup?
Don’t forget to share your experience with me..Happy Cooking!!
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