This Sunday I prepared a delightful and delectable mix vegetable soup. The universe guided me to start sharing my soulful recipes, and hence I have set my intention that whoever comes across my posts may receive the self-care energy and enthusiasm from the Divine.
It’s quite a simple recipe with all the ingredients easily available.
Onion (1 large)
Tomato puree (3 tbsp)
Cabbage(roughly chopped 100g)
Potato (1 medium sized)
Brinjal (1 medium sized)
Broccoli (chopped 100g)
Boiled pulses (200g)
Coriander leaves and dry fruits for garnish
Oil (3 tsps), salt as per taste
cumin seeds (1 tsp) ; you can use mustard seeds as well
Crushed ginger-garlic paste
Coriander powder(1 tsp)
Cumin seed powder (1 tsp)
Red chilli powder (1 tsp)
Turmeric powder(1 tsp)
Curry powder (1 tsp)
Ramen (enough for 2 people)- optional
I actually like my soup little spicy and I’ve an Indian palate; therefore the quantity of spices is agreeable to my taste buds. You can alter the quantity and the spices you add according to your liking. Some simply love the use of salt, pepper, herbs and different seasonings, and that would be flavorsome too.
Add the oil to the cooking pot. Once it heats up, put the cumin seeds in the hot oil and let it splutter.
Next add the chopped onions and stir it on medium flame till it becomes translucent. Mix the ginger-garlic paste with onions, and saute till the raw smell disappears.
Now add in all the spices mentioned above and turn down the flame at low heat. In case you are simply adding crushed pepper, herbs and seasonings, you can do that in the end, once everything has been cooked.
Add few tablespoons of water to the spices so that they properly blend and release their flavors. Also pour in the tomato puree. On medium heat, saute till the entire water evaporates and you get left with a thick brownish red paste.
Now, put in all the chopped vegetables you have, and keep stirring in the pot for three minutes, on low heat. I add salt according to taste at this stage.
Simply add water to the cooking pot till the veggies submerge. Now you can cook it on medium flame, making sure to stir the soup every 5 minutes.
You can sit and relax, read some book with soft music playing by. I’m trying to make my whole cooking process a meditation. Sometimes, I can just be monkey-brained and want to prepare something rightaway. But my intuition always asks me to slow down and savour the cleaning, cutting and cooking process.
My tip: Listen to Alina Baraz. Her voice just makes the atmosphere cozy and warm.
Now, the final steps:
Check if the veggies have become tender by pressing them with the soup spoon gently. If no, let the soup sit longer. If yes, mix in the boiled pulses and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Also add the ramen/noodles you have at this moment. Always make sure to have the consistency to your liking by adding proper quantity of water.
Once everything feels soft, mushy and tender, turn off the heat. Add the seasonings and herbs if any. I sprinkled coriander/parsley leaves and some dry fruits.
And perfect! It’s absolutely healthy and gratifying. You can add any vegetables of your choice: maybe spinach, mushrooms, etc.
A nutritious food keeps your mind, body, and soul in good spirits. It’s moreover a way of self-care. I hope you enjoy it.
Bon Appetit !