Monday, 27 July 2015

Carrot Soup !



This is one super healthy soup that I make often especially for my toddler boy. Not that its healthy alone, it is a comforting dish on a cold day and best for supper. 
It is rich in Vitamin A and good for weight watchers too as it is non fattening unless you add cream to it.


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil or Butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 3/4 cup chopped Celery
  • salt as needed
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • 3 cups vegetable stock / hot water
  • 1 tomato (optional)

STEPS

  • In a heavy bottomed pot, heat oil and add in the bay leaves and Garlic.
  • Saute them for a minute and then add the chopped onions and saute.
  • Next throw in the chopped celery and saute everything for 2 - 3 minutes.


  • Next add carrots and saute for 4 - 5 minutes until it is coated well in olive oil. 
  • Add salt, pepper and the dried herbs.


  • Pour in the hot vegetable stock or just hot water and close the pot and let it cook for 15 - 20 mins or until the carrot becomes soft.
  • If you want to make the process soon, just cook them in pressure cooker for 2 - 3 whistles.


  • Cool the mixture, discard the bay leaf and then blend them in a food processor to a smooth puree.
  • Adjust seasonings as per taste.


  • Filter the puree through a meta strainer to remove any big particles and to get a silky smooth soup.
  • Add more hot water if the soup is too thick and place it back on flame and warm it before serving.

NOTES

  • Skip the onion if you don't want to and instead add a tomato to add a slight tangy flavor.
  • Pimp up your soup with some fresh cream on top optionally.
  • Serve warm with bread croutons or some garlic bread.
  • To make an Indian version of this, you can add some asafoedita and cumin powder or even garam masala :)
  • Weight watchers can skip butter and reduce oil too.
  • If you are using vegetable stock made from stock cubes then keep an eye on salt as stock already has salt.
  • As long as you don't add any cream or milk to it you can refrigerate upto 3 days and use.



With Love,

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