Cauliflower Soup

This simple and subtle cauliflower soup proves that in cooking, mostly, less is more. I don't like the thought of adding all spices in all dishes, which is what happens in overly experimental Indian cooking.

All that the Cauliflower soup is flavoured with, is garlic and dried basil. And a head of fresh cauliflower needs just that. This soup has pure clean flavours which go very well with some strongly spiced dishes to maintain the balance of your meal.

Cauliflower Soup
Makes 4 large bowls
Time taken - around 40 minutes
Category - low fat, soups

3 cups cleaned cauliflower florets with delicate stems
1 cup sliced red onions
4-5 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried basil or oregano (whichever you love best)
1 cup milk
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste

special equipment
blender or hand blender

In a heavy pot, heat the oil. Throw in the garlic and sliced onions. Stir them around for a minute or so with a pinch of salt.

Put in the cauliflower florets and let the veggies braise for around 15 minutes on a low flame. Don't let them caramalise if you want a white coloured soup. Keep stirring them around, until the cauliflower is almost cooked.

Remove onto a plate and let it cool before blending into a very fine puree. You can use the cup of milk to aid in fine pureeing.

Pour the puree into a saucepan. Add required quantity of water to achieve desired consistency of soup. Simmer the soup for a few minutes. Season with more salt (if needed) and freshly ground white / black pepper and dried basil / oregano.

Serve hot in pre-heated bowls with some croutons or buttery garlic bread.


Lera said...

That's what I call a lovely dessert, tailor made for Valentine day!Nice recipe:)

Meena said...

Can't wait to see what you cook Nandita. I have a whole Arabian feast planned out for tonight, falafels, kababs, cous-cous, the works! And not to forget, some delicious blackberry wine.

Happy Valentine's to you both!

Nandita Iyer said...

Coffee has brought it to my notice that the comments link on my blog isnt working, so i am trying to do a test comment here!

Coffee said...

Nice tips Nandita :)

I made your marinara sauce the other day. Its absolutely yummilicious!!!!! I made a small quantity first just to try out. But next time I am gonna make that in wholesale!!!!!

(I hope this goes thru!!!! )

Sig said...

Nandita, menu sounds exotic! Happy Valentine's Day!

gilly said...

Hi Nandita! Thanks for the Valentine's Tips! Your desserts sound lovely!

Happy Valentine's Day!

archana said...

Hi Nandita,,Good suggestions for Valentine day.Thanx for visiting my blog:)
I have uploaded photo of the wine today. You can get to see at least the colour of the wine if not taste:))
You have some exotic recipes here in ur blog. I am going to check them out!!:)

Soulkadi said...

Tried your fusili dish the other day..turned out excellent..made it with penne, store-bought sauce and didn't add spinach (simply coz I didn't have any). Thanks for the recipe.

Sandeepa said...

Wow Nandita, must have floored your hubby yesterday hunh :) :)

bee said...

i'm digging this cauliflower soup. usually i avoid cauliflower because of the smell. by sligthly undercooking and pureeing it, i think you have solved that issue. looking forward to your surprise recipe.

- bee

Paz said...

I trust you had a nice Valentine's Day celebration.

I love your new look!


ramya said...

Hi Di,
I absolutely loved cauliflower soup...vouched by all at home...finished off last drop for dinner.

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