Mumbai with its hot and sultry climate for the better part of the year is not a place you’d associate with soup and soupy meals but I am a sucker for soups and love slurping them down as an evening meal even in the hottest of hot summers.
These past few days have seen some stormy evenings with heavy showers suddenly descending down unsuspecting Mumbaikars who have packed their rain gear away for the next monsoon. So if like me, you’ve been getting soaking wet every evening, then soup is the perfect option to keep those sneezes at bay.
I have developed a really easy peasy quick and wholesome vegetable soup that beats the convenience and comfort of Maggi /Knorr and any other packaged soup by a mile and more.
These simple ingredients that are readily available in most homes are all that you need to make this quick and wholesome vegetable soup.
- 1-2 tbspns olive oil or a dollop of butter
- 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/3 cup finely grated cauliflower
- 1/3 cup minced french beans
- 1/3 cup grated carrot
- 2 heaped tablespoons whole wheat flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- freshly chopped coriander
- Optional a few dashes of light Soya Sauce
Here’s what you have to do
- In a pot heat the oil/butter and add the onion. Stir quickly before adding the rest of the vegetables. Stir briskly on high heat for about a minute.
- Lower the heat and add the flour and continue stirring taking care not to let the flour burn.
- Add about a cup of water stirring all the time to ensure that the flour doesn’t become clumpy. When the mixture is a smooth paste, dilute with more water so that it becomes a thickish soup. Add the coriander, salt and pepper at this stage
- Allow the soup to simmer till the vegetables are just done.
- When the vegetables are done, and the soup is of the consistency you like, you can add some milk orcream to make it richer in taste and body.
- Add a dash of light soya sauce for that added zing.
[tweetthis]Serve hot with buttered toast and watch it go down in a jiff! This makes two large bowls of soup and is perfect for a rainy evening or chilly winter night.[/tweetthis]
What is your favourite soup?