One Day One New Recipe – Pumpkin (Lal Bhopla) Soup

Healthy doesn’t necessarily have to be bland and boring. Thanks to Dahlia Sam of Simple Indian Recipes, I discovered something that is tasty and healthy. I have made my variations and added some technique to her recipe. I loved it. So will you.

You can read about benefits of pumpkin here

Let us get started.

All you need – Ingredients

  • Little more than Half of 1/4 kg Red pumpkin sliced (These days you also get pre-cut pumpkin)
  • 1 medium sized Onion sliced
  • 2-3 Cloves
  • 5-6 Peppercorns (Adjust spice according to your taste)
  • 1 -2 cups Water
  • 2 tsp Butter
  • Salt
  • Oregano for seasoning

Method

In a kadhai or cooking bowl add butter. Add cloves and peppercorns to that. Cook for 30 secs and add onions. Let it fry till it changes colour. Add pumpkin, salt and a cup of water. Close the lid and let it cook. Check in about 7-8 mins. If the pumpkin seems a little soft then take the kadhai off the heat. If not, let it cook until soft. There is no fear of over cooking but make sure pumpkin is soft.

Cool it. Grind this mixture in a mixer. Make into fine paste. Add a little water if required and grind it. Pour it in the kadhai again and let it cook till it comes to boil. Take it off the heat.

Take a plastic sieve/ big tea net. Sieve the soup in another vessel so that you can get rid of loose fibre that might not taste too good. One loves smooth texture of soup. Once done, add oregano or any of your favourite pizza seasoning.

Your soup is ready to serve. Works well as a replacement for heavy dinner.

Pumpkin Soup

 

 

Notes:

Here is the original recipe. http://simpleindianrecipes.com/Home/PumpkinSoup.aspx

 

Garlic Vegetable Soup

I always used to wonder how they make Knorr soups so delicious. I was sure it is some kind of unhealthy taste maker. There is also a lot of cornflour in these soups. I also thought that I can never make anything equivalent to it at home. Until I found this recipe. This can beat any Knorr or Maggi soup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup finely chopped mixed vegetables
  • 2 tsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1 tsp oil (optional)
  • salt and black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste
  • Water (enough to cook vegetables and still have some water content left)
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala

Coriander for garnish

Method

  • Heat the oil in a pan, add the onions and garlic and sauté till the onions are translucent.
  • Add the vegetables and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of water and salt and pepper. Allow it to come to a boil and simmer till the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the oats and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot garnished with the coriander.

You can also cook this in Microwave oven. Mix all the ingredients mentioned and put it in the microwave oven. Keep on low heat and keep checking that it doesn’t overflow.

Best recipe for people who are on diet.