Monday, 31 August 2015

Spinach Soup !


Spinach (palak) being a very healthy vegetable often makes presence at our house in many forms from soups, dals, curries and gravies. The vibrant green color of the soup is not only very inviting but also very healthy with loads of iron. At restaurants it is mostly available as Cream of Spinach soup, but I skipped the cream to make it more healthy and less calorific.
Other Spinach recipes you might be interested are
Spinach Veg Cutlet
Squash Spinach StirFry
Palak Paneer
Spinach Ricotta Ravioli
Aloo Palak Gravy
Aloo Palak Dry

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups spinach (tightly packed)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 - 3 Garlic cloves
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 litre vegetable stock / or hot water
  • 1 tbsp butter / olive oil
  • crushed black pepper (as needed)
  • 1/2 tsp dried herbs (optional)
  • 1 - 2 tbsp cream (optional) (I didnt use)
STEPS
  • Wash and roughly chop the spinach leaves.
  • Chop the onions, potato and celery too.
  • Heat oil in a pot, and add garlic followed by onions. When the onions are sauted almost, add the celery and potato.


  • Saute the veggies for sometime , and close and cook for 4 - 5 minutes.
  • Then add the spinach leaves and give a stir and pour in the hot vegetable stock.


  • Season with salt and pepper, add the dried herbs, close and cook for 10 minutes or until the veggies are soft.
  • Cool the mixture before you grind it.


  • Grind into a smooth puree and strain in a metal strainer.
  • Warm the soup again and add some cream if you wish too. 

NOTES

  • Mostly corn starch is mixed with some water and added to the soup to act as an thickening agent. But I have used potato to do the job.
  • If you dont want to add potato, then mix 2 tsp of corn flour with 1/4 cup water and add to the soup and bring to a boil.
  • Adjust water as per the consistency you want the soup to be.
  • Adding cream definitely enhances the taste, so feel free to add a tbsp or more.
  • Vegetable stocks made from stock cubes already have salt. So adjust salt accordingly.
  • Add some garam masala and roasted cumin powder to get that Indian touch :)



With Love,

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