Nov 7, 2013

Clear soup ... a healthy option for hungry tummies

A simple clear soup that will satiate your taste buds and those of your hungry little kids who turn you crazy after they are back from school. After school snacks are a must and also finding a healthy substitute instead of the store bought ones is a necessity to instill good eating habits among kids. 

Everyday a glass of milk when kids wake up from naps doesnt work for me. The milk glass either sits on the table for a whole long while or it lazily rests between those tiny little fingers. Even I find it annoying when it takes repeated requests to finish off their drink. It really shoots up my temper when they make faces or they spill it. Thinking of something different we got down to little changes in this habit. Instead of everyday milk immediately after a nap we change it to fresh juices or soups. After that there is a little snack and lot of outdoor play which makes them hungry again and gets in the right time for a hot glass of milk. 

My kids love soups though they like it a little thin or really clear. I also have a lot of soup-loving friends. Whoever has had it has always asked for more again or recipes for sure. This is a simple and delicious soup

Serves... 4 ppl
Serve option... Hot with soup crackers

This is what u'll need....

Onion - 1 big
Tomato - 1 big
Carrot - 1 big
Spinach - 2 handfuls
Cabbage leaves - a handful
Garlic - 10-12 cloves
Butter to taste
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tspn
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste

Here is the stir....
  • Roughly chunk up all the onions, tomatoes and carrots.
  • Chop spinach and cabbage leaves and wash them thoroughly
  • Toss everything into a pressure cooker along with peeled and crushed garlic cloves
  • Sprinkle a little salt and pepper as per taste
  • Let this all cook upto 6-7 pressure cooker whistles. Turn off the flame and let it sit for a while
  • Strain the liquid into a bowl and keep it aside
  • In a small pan add 1/4 tspn of butter and fry some cumin seeds. As soon as they sizzle remove from flame and pour it into the soup
  • When serving, serve hot and add little butter for a silky soup

  • Dont worry about leftover veggies, They can be made into some curry or parathas
  • Cumin seeds add a great flavor to t he soup. You can omit it if you dont like them
  • Adding butter gives a silky touch to the soup. It is optional though

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