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Monday, August 15, 2016

Healthy Spinach Soup / Palak Soup

Yummy soup recipe for Veg hoggerz!

Mama used to make this soup every morning so that I stay fit and blooming throughout the hectic day. She used to blanch and grind spinach leaves every post-dawn before I was awake. The warm soup with a bunch of crusty croutons was always been made available instead of a cuppa coffee, it was truly an ew! feeling for me as spinach soup has always been a deadly combination of medicine and thick juice. 

I have always dis relish each sip of it where my throat and smelling power had given up its senses after tasting it. I always hated the smell of spinach, but being a Popeye fan, he played a big part in my childhood days in welcoming and embracing spinach! Yes, you're right, I am talking about I Yam What I Yam Popeye who magically regains all the energy within seconds after gulping down a tin of spinach.

Mama had always been a pillar in sustaining my good health, she used to even boil the spinach, beetroot and carrots to add more healthier points in morning soup. Though I hated the smell and taste of spinach, but its color has always captivated me. Green color makes me ponder on the subject of the green world of trees, the leaves dancing with the flow of air and the dews on the blades of the grass that tranquilize my eyes, mind and soul, but intake of this green spinach soup have always spoiled my thoughts, vision towards the green color. As it is said, the food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Hence, I always drank this one in a quick breath so that I couldn't feel anything about it. I tried a lot to religiously swig this soup without any complaints. But now I am happy with the taste, smell and feel of this soup, how's that possible? Well a simple addition of milk and little flavors changed the overall texture and gave it a different definition

If you too are a spinach, soup or stew hater then you should try this one! 

What I like about this soup is that it is simple, doesn't include lots of condiments or spices and the minimal list of ingredients which makes it healthy and fruitful. This little good habit of sipping soup every day in the morning is always on my priority list. I hope you, your family and kids too enjoy it taste and feel better afterwards!

Creamy Spinach Soup/ Palak Soup

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 2 persons

1 cup Spinach
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 small, roughly chopped onion
1 small, roughly chopped tomato
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1/4 teaspoon roughly chopped ginger 
1 small green chill, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon pepper powder
1 cup water
Salt to taste    

  • Rinse and clean spinach leaves properly, chop its stem off and leave them aside. Cook spinach in a boiling water for a few minutes and drain out all the excessive water.
  • Boil water in a deep skillet, add roughly chopped onion, roughly chopped tomatoes and 1 small green chili. You can increase the spice as needed. If you're doing it for your kids than this measurement is perfect as per kids' taste buds.
  • Boil onion and tomatoes until they turn soft. Once they are cooked simply turn off the flame and remove the boiled ingredients onto a plate and allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add boiled spinach, boiled onion and tomato mixture into the blender and blend well to form a smooth and silky paste. Remove the puree into the big bowl and leave it aside.
  • In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon butter and add 1 teaspoon garlic paste, 1/4 teaspoon roughly chopped ginger or ginger paste. Saute until the raw smell of ginger-garlic paste goes away. Keep the flame low while sautéing ginger-garlic otherwise they may turn brown in color.
  • Now add the puree and let it bubble for 3-5 minutes. Add water to adjust the consistency if needed. Add salt and pepper for better taste.
  • Pour milk and let it simmer on a medium flame. Ladle hot soup into bowls and serve warm with crusty croutons. 
You can add boiled and mashed potatoes whenever the flavors has caught up the heat. Adding potatoes will minimize all the extra spice giving a thick and yummy taste to your soup. Hope this tasty soup in the morning will bring an amazing fresh start to your day!

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