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 ita 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!!
Wash all the vegetables and chop in large chunks except peas. For Bathua, leaves shall be cleaned and chopped. Bathua needs to be washed properly as its leaves are muddy. For washing greens, I use two large pans (Patila) filled with water and soak the chopped leaves in one of them for around 2 min. Mud will settle down. You may take out leaves and now put them in second Pan. Discard the water of first Pan and repeat it till you find no mud deposit at the bottom of pan. At last take a sieve and wash the leaves under running water.
Take a pan and put all veggies in it. Add water. You may take out 1/2 cup of cauliflower for frying. It would be added later in the soup.
Place the pan on gas and put flame full for the first boil and then simmer it and you may add little salt at this step for faster cooking. Also You may cover with a lid (lid with hole). Here ensure that lid doesnt fall off due to the pressure of steam.
The veggies in pan may take around 15 min for cooking. In the meantime, you may fry Gobhi for adding later in the soup.
I have taken my small Dal Tadka Pan for frying Gobhi. Gobhi would leave water and then gets crispy. So make it on slow gas and slow flame or else it mite get burnt up.
This is how the fired Gobhi Looks. I am fan of Gobhi. If you are not, you may replace it with Mushrooms/Paneer.
This is half done veggies as they are still crunchy.
Thats full done veggies which are mushy and soft.
You may sieve it in a big bowl as this the essence of all vegetables.
Mash it using masher for easy squeezing
Thats how the veg stock looks like.
You may add more water with salt, black pepper and Lemon juice. Add fried gobhi and coriander leaves. Give it a gentle boil and serve hot with your choice of breads. The Veg Clear Soup is ready. Enjoy!!.
For making it thick, you may add carrot(1) and potato(2). For weight checkers, they may add Amla and Beetroot for the fibre content. In general, soups are always a healthy choice and make you full if more fibre based vegetables are used.
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.5g
Saturated Fat 0.8g
Total Carbohydrate 6.8g
Dietary Fiber 1.8g
Total Sugars 2.7g
Vitamin D 0mcg
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.